Consumer packaged goods maker Kimberly-Clark has nearly completed a pilot project employing passive EPC Gen2-compliant RFID tags to track the locations of trailers filled with finished goods or raw materials at one of its manufacturing facilities in Beech Island, S.C. The tests have been a major success, according to Corey Mingerink, the company's senior RFID packaging engineer.
Under Kimberly-Clark's manual tracking system, it could take up to three hours for workers to locate a specific trailer at the Beech Island site, which has five separate lots for trailer storage. It now takes minutes to locate a trailer using the RFID-based system. From a labor savings and productivity standpoint, Mingerink claims, the return on investment that the company stands to realize from the technology is clear.
Source: RFID Journal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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