RFID Tracks Granite
A unique application has really taken off with one of the largest monument companies on the east coast. Sprung Memorial Group has started tracking granite slabs in their warehouse to accurately keep stock of inventory. In an industry that has a lead time up to a few months, when people need their memorial, they probably need it right then. However, inventory and lead times weren’t the only issue; identifying a specific type of granite among a sea of granite slabs was hampering workflow. Sprung Memorial group worked in conjunction with Microcomputer Consulting Group and Tracer Plus to create a solution that would benefit Sprung’s workers and customers.
Tracer Plus began tagging slabs with Alien Squiggles as well as custom tags from William Frick for denser stones. Since the stones were stacked in the warehouse, a mobile reader was needed to read these tags. They used the Motorola MC3190-Z to help them read the tags and accurately track inventory in their warehouse. Now that their system is up and running, inventory and labor costs have been reduced thanks to the increase in efficiency.
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Nurses See a Ray of Hope
When it comes to the medicine given to cancer patients, many different treatments need to be administered at specific times. Curie-Cancer, part of the Institut Curie network of hospitals and research centers, was having an issue tracking chemotherapy bags, so they partnered with Biolog-id to develop a solution. Biolog-id created an RFID label solution tagging assets allowing hospital administration to track expensive medicines throughout the hospital. The new system saves them time and money, and maybe even lives by giving patients their prescriptions at the correct times. Hopefully, RFID will help more patients receive care faster, which might help them leave the hospital faster, too.
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Milano Airport Receives Serious Help
Milano Malpensa Airport has finally completed all of its renovations and repairs thanks to an NFC & RFID solution which kept workers up-to-date on progress. Malpensa is no stranger to RFID. Unlike most air terminals, the airport uses around 1.3 million UHF RFID tags per year on baggage. They stick a passive RFID tag on each person’s baggage automating the process and ensuring every bag gets to the correct flight. It has increased their efficiency from 3-4 bags lost per 10,000 to less than 1 bag lost per 10,000.
Their new NFC system required that all of their maintenance workers be equipped with NFC mobile phones. The workers used the phones to read NFC tags around the buildings giving them information about every repair – from light fixtures to extremely large projects such as bridge repairs. The solution is known as CAM, which was developed by RFID360. A total of 50,000 passive tags have been placed on items in the airport (if they provided a picture, we could totally play Where’s Waldo with the NFC tags). These NFC tags bring efficiency to the entire airport’s maintenance system saving valuable time. Being able to tap a window with your smartphone and learn when it was last cleaned is definitely a great way to manage a location where thousands of people pass through everyday.
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