Global supply chains bring with them huge difficulties of assuring quality and ensuring supplier responsibility for their products. A different solution to this problem, suggested by Professor Luciana Echazu, revolves around the supplier's contract.
UPM Raflatac Freezer-proof RFID tags have been designed to operate reliably within freezer environments down to -40°C. Now RFID tags can effectively automate the collection of data for the receival and storage of goods and inventory for frozen goods.
Cordina Chicken Farms has been declared GS1net-ready, able to validate, electronically exchange and synchronise product data with its trading partners through GS1net, using Bizcaps Enterprise software and Bizcaps Bureau Service.
The Motorola RD500 vehicle-mounted RFID reader can be installed on a forklift backrest or mobile cart. It automatically reads and records any Gen2 RFID tag within range.
Darrell Lea has chosen Bizcaps Eziform to help it publish its product data to GS1net to enable it to exchange and synchronise product data with its major trading partners.
Intermec has introduced the CN50 and CN4 — advanced, rugged 3G Wireless WAN (WWAN) mobile computers for field mobility applications. The CN50 includes 3.75G WWAN HSUPA radio technology in a small, lightweight, ruggedised form factor.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the latest version of its Proficy Change Management, version 5.9, featuring web-based client enhancements that provide users with ‘thin’ client capability for version control, audit trails and secure access for popular automation products.
UPM Raflatac optimised Dog Bone, Short Dipole and Frog RFID tags claim improved performance. The updated UHF EPC, Class 1 Gen2 products have been enhanced with Impinj’s Monza3 ICs. All three products offer 96-bit EPC memory, high read sensitivity and reliability across long read ranges, making them appropriate for a wide range of applications. Moreover, they function near challenging materials such as metals, liquids and on closely packed products.
CoreProcess has developed software which pinpoints all ‘downstream’ expenses, effectively measuring key indicators and identifying opportunities for manufacturers to streamline their distribution supply chain and reduce costs.
Nestlé Nespresso, leader in the portioned coffee market, has successfully implemented Manhattan's Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) for Open Systems at its distribution centre (DC) at Alfortville in France.
Choosing the best and most cost-efficient route for transporting goods is even more problematic when the goods are dangerous. A new system has been developed in Europe which could make these calculations easier.
The International Food Chain Integrity and Traceability Project is project designed to achieve end-to-end supply chain system assurance.
A software package developed by researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics calculates different variants and transport configurations to find the optimum solution that fits the specified criterion: costs, time or, in a future version, least environmental burden. It even factors in the time and costs for transhipment.
Syscan International has developed a solution for the cold chain industry: iCE — a wireless RFID device that allows reliable data acquisition based on IEEE 802.15.4.
Life just got a whole lot easier for Australia’s vision impaired with the release of a portable talking bar code scanner.