“A new wave of Real Time Location Systems is beginning to take shape. Technology is increasingly at the service of the public instead of vice versa. This allows us to work ever more efficiently.” Those are the words of Guy Couder, General Manager at PHI DATA®, during his introduction. What that means in practice, delegates at the seminar on RTLS and RFID learned during the rest of the day. Demonstrations and case stories by companies from different market segments revealed the endless possibilities of RTLS.
Danny Janssens explained for instance how at Cofely Fabricom about 80,000 tools and accessories were equipped with passive RFID tags. Cofely Fabricom deals with the installation of and service of electromechanical installations. Power lines, pipelines, but also electronically controlled traffic signage fall under their responsibility. The numerous materials needed for this is spread over nine warehouses in Belgium. Together with PHI DATA®, Cofely Fabricom started the search for a solution to make the picking faster, easier and more correct.
At AZ Monica, RFID and RTLS have helped carry out inventory of supplies within 20 minutes instead of half a day. “AZ Monica and PHI DATA® have been working together for quite a while. I tell them where processes should be optimized within the hospital and then PHI DATA® finds the best way to solve that challenge”, Dirk Van De Vyver summarized the continuously growing cooperation.
Similar expansion possibilities were also a deciding factor for Clarebout Potatoes, a potato processing company that supplies products to stores and wholesalers around the world. “For now, we are working with an RFID system that ensures our palettes are never loaded onto the wrong truck. But for us it is very important that we can choose to expand in the future. If we wanted to, we could also trace individual packages. We are now looking at the ROI and the possibilities to track our products from start to finish, including condition monitoring.”
KM Keuring in turn allows vehicle inspections to run faster and more efficiently by automatically suggesting the fastest route for vehicles. For this the inspection company works with license plate recognition for outdoors and RTLS for indoors.
Continental Sarreguemines finally, earned back its investment within 8 months with a system that ensures semi-finished products are processed in sequence and within the time allowed. The tyre manufacturer has managed to optimize its supply chain through RTLS and now has real-time visibility on the inventory and with one press of the button can determine the location of products and assets.
In between case stories, delegates could watch and participate in RTLS demonstrations with active and passive RFID tags.
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Solution(s): Asset Tracking & Tracing