IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN WITH RFID AND INTERNET OF THINGS

SmartX solutions for RFID drive business productivity by automating data capture, as well as supporting the serialization of products and assets. With serialization, a unique serial number applies to every item in the master database. Such granular identification can enhance product visibility, improve data accuracy, and improve decision making throughout the company’s supply chain.

SMARTX HUB ANALYTICS

With serialization, an item unique serial number applies to every item in the master database. Such granular identification can enhance product visibility, improve data accuracy, and improve decision making throughout the company’s supply chain.
Reporting and analytics component, delivers detailed reporting, KPIs, business intelligence dashboards, and advanced analytics.

LOCATION SENSING RFID-IOT READERS

Assets can be tracked with excellent read speed (up to 500 items identified per second) when moved in both directions when automated readers are mounted in ceilings, facilities exit or entry doors, elevator banks, server rooms, gates, or logistics portal door locations.

SMARTX RFID MOBILE APLICATION

Management and user interface of mobile computing devices inside and outside the network to gain access and provide data for workflows while in the field.
Improved operational efficiency through automated data discovery and automated logistics transactions.
Higher customer satisfaction resulting from more accuracy and speed in shipping, receiving, and handling operations.

HANDHELD RFID READERS & SCANNERS

SmartX HUB RFID enables the solution to accept input from handheld RF devices that are used for warehouse tracking. Handheld RF devices enable you to process the arrival and receipt of inbound loads, track their whereabouts and move inventory items within the same facility or across multiple locations.

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AN EVOLUTION IN Supply chain MANAGEMENT

SmartX solutions for RFID thus enable “real-world awareness” by
sensing and responding to the presence and movement of objects in real time.

The solutions facilitate agile supply chain execution,
efficient asset management, and adaptive manufacturing. Our solutions for RFID are proven and scalable solutions that seamlessly integrate real-time data into enterprise applications.

BUSINESS PROCESSES ADDRESSED

Product Tracking and Authentication

Product tracking and authentication is a process supported by SmartX solutions for RFID, enabled with the introduction of the SmartX object repository. It provides functionality to track serialized information through the supply chain. It also provides services to authenticate that the serialized product originated from a trusted source and arrived at the intended destination.

It includes the following:
CAPTURE
– EPCs, hierarchies, locations, and events from local SmartX auto-ID infrastructure instances and third-party systems
– Business object data from back-end ERP and other business applications
– Association of EPC information with business objects such as batches and lots, orders and deliveries, and other characteristics
– Data exchange from trading partners
PRODUCT TRACKING (via query interface or user interface)
– By EPC – status, location, movements events
– By order or other business characteristics (Lot)
– By issuing alerts via event management (for example, a shipment did not arrive at the intended destination)
AUTHENTICATION
– EPC authentication
– Extended authentication against secondary characteristic such as tag-ID, or other unique identifier, and location
– Logging of authentication attempts, responses

Inbound Receiving

The inbound receiving business process supports the standard elements that would be required by a company that needs to receive serialized product. This includes the following:
• Handle receipt and management of an ASN or Supplier Invoice
• Capture inbound serialized information as it is scanned upon receipt
• Validate serial numbers against the inbound documents
• Associate serial numbers with the inbound delivery document
• Process goods receipt in the back-end ERP application
• Automatically generate proof-of-delivery documentation
based on predefined conditions

Outbound Shipment

SmartX  solutions for RFID enable customers to support the basic operating steps required to ship serialized product to customers. These steps include:
• Generating serial numbers (EPCs)
• Commissioning RFID tags (or printing bar codes)
• Associating tags or bar codes with items, cases, or pallets
• Generating flexible multilevel hierarchies for cases, inner
packs, and pallets
• Scanning and tracking outbound items associated with loading
• Associating serial numbers with delivery documents
• Verifying delivery requirements at the data-capture source
• Processing goods issue in the back-end enterprise resource
planning (ERP) application
• Automatically triggering the sending of an electronic document to the customer, based on predefined conditions

Returnable Transport Item Tracking (RTI)

A common requirement is to track mobile assets that would originate in their facility, get shipped to a trading partner’s facility, and then return. Examples of returnable transport items (RTIs) could include pallets, intermediate bulk containers, gas cylinders, and kegs. The goal is to track the location and status of assets in order to improve asset utilization.
The standard SmartX RTI process supports the following steps:
• Tracking of returnable container current and historic locations, from supplier to customer and back again
• Commissioning and maintenance of RFID tags or bar codes placed on returnable assets using the standard global returnable asset identifier format
• Tracking of the asset through the various operations within the supplier’s facility, such as packing, loading, unpacking, and unloading
• Tracking of the asset through the various operations within the customer’s facility
• Automatic monitoring of events, such as empty and full status, using event management tools that alert relevant parties of unintended or unexpected events or changes in status

Kanban

The kanban scenario supports the serialization of totes that are used in a manufacturing process and the automatic triggering of kanban “pull signals” as totes pass through a scanner that detects whether they are full or empty. This process is especially effective with RFID, where a number of totes can be conveyed on a lift truck through a portal to capture many signals simultaneously without scanning them individually.

Kanban functionality supports:
• Upon detection of an “empty” signal, automatic kanban status change and creation of a replenishment element (for example, a PO)
• Upon detection of a “full” signal, automatic kanban status change, goods receipt posting and creation of the material document