Are you tying up too many resources to identify and document your container inventories? Come to us - with years of experience and in-depth knowledge, we are the experts when it comes to optimizing your logistics, warehouse management and maintenance of containers. Our proven container management solutions are based on innovative RFID technology that makes it possible to track containers in real time, manage inventories precisely and automate processes.
We are happy to support you as a professional partner in the following challenges:
- Too much effort of human resources for manual inventory bookings of containers
- enormous search times for containers and material
- frequent finding of the wrong container at the wrong place at the wrong time
- high capital commitment due to too large a container stock
- lack of overview of the use of your containers by your customers
- Real-time tracking: RFID enables real-time tracking of containers and items. This leads to improved transparency and visibility along the entire supply chain. Delays and bottlenecks in the supply chain can thus be identified and responded to at an early stage.
- Time and cost savings: RFID enables fast identification in bulk and tracking of containers without manual effort. This means significant time savings in inventories and in searching for and identifying containers. At the same time, you create space for more personnel resources and save costs.
- Error reduction: Automatic data capture through RFID minimizes errors that can occur in manual processes. Among other things, this allows you to avoid incorrect container allocations, deliveries or storage placements.
- Process optimization: Automated processes, such as identifying containers and tracking goods movements, lead to more efficient operations. Real-time monitoring of container availability reduces idle time and enables efficient planning and use of resources.
- Data basis for analyses: The collected RFID data on container management provides a valuable basis for analyses and reports that deliver insights into process optimizations.
- Monitoring of container cleaning cycles and maintenance: RFID enables high-precision monitoring and tracking of your cleaning cycles and maintenance. This allows you to keep an eye on the condition of your containers at all times and to plan and optimize cleaning and maintenance work. This enables you to respond to maintenance needs in good time, reduce downtime, and benefit from cost savings.
- RFID tags: Each container that is to be tracked is fitted with an RFID tag. This has a unique identifier and further information, such as maximum load, maintenance cycles, content or type, can be stored in the system.
- RFID reader: The environment in which the containers are tracked is equipped with RFID readers. These RFID readers transmit radio waves via the connected RFID antennas and then receive the responses from the RFID transponders.
- Data processing: The information from the RFID tag is recorded by the reader and transferred to a software solution. Here, the data is processed and stored in a database.
- Tracking and management: The data collected enables the containers to be tracked and managed. This allows you to see in real time where the containers are located, how long they have been in one place or which stations they have already passed through.
- Integration into existing systems: RFID systems can be integrated into the existing IT infrastructure to work seamlessly with other business processes and systems.
Locating containers and orders is a major challenge for many companies. By means of adequate load carrier tracking and identification, search times and disruptions in the production process can be reduced to a minimum. The use of RFID solutions for container management makes a decisive contribution to eliminating search processes and also provides the company with decision-relevant information.
- Visualization of your own warehouses
- Container search and presentation of the location
- Display of container contents and information
- Display of batches and orders (overview of all orders in one area)
- Current overview of containers and orders in the system
- Effortless localization of containers in the workshop
- Continuous monitoring and optimization of container movements
- Storage location optimization of parts required for orders
Our solution enables you to monitor objects in your warehouse, even inside containers. When objects are stored or retrieved, the position of the handling unit is determined with its x-y coordinates via RTLS real-time positioning. At the same time, objects are identified using RFID, NFC, barcode, QR code or DataMatrix. The actual position is also compared with the target position.
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- Monitoring of critical JIS processes
- Signal forwarding to RFID middleware GRAIDWARE®
- Data exchange with third-party system via GRAIDWARE®
- Visualization of detected objects or identified storage locations
- Reduction of your search times
- Continuous and seamless inventory
- Bulk reading - identification of multiple parts
- Process reliability thanks to a high degree of automation
Does your industry require containers to be cleaned in regular cycles? With the help of automated RFID tracking, we enable fully automatic cycle monitoring and therefore reliable compliance with the necessary cleaning cycles. Thanks to RFID, the container circulation at each airlock can be documented fully automatically and its use prevented if it is exceeded.
- Documentation of the process parameters to which the containers are exposed during cleaning
- Batch tracing
- Warning function for process deviations
- Data basis for replenishment and planning
- Quality assurance through avoidance of n.i.O. parts
To optimize your container management, we have developed a mobile application with which you can optimize your expenses for maintenance, modernization, servicing and blocking and minimize costs. Maintenance tasks, servicing and optimization measures are recorded, carried out and clearly displayed with the app.
- a clear container overview
- a clear container search through grouping and filtering
- traceable maintenance
- individually adjustable time intervals for recurring maintenance
- the integration of optimization measures
- easy blocking and releasing of containers
RFID along the supply chain
- In the incoming goods department, containers marked with RFID are automatically recorded as empties, booked in the ERP system and the customer account is credited with the returned containers. Seamless integration into the company software enables automatic bookings to be made in the ERP system.
- Defective or damaged containers are sent for repair or cleaning.
- Automatic material flow postings are made possible by reloading the delivered goods into their own RFID-tagged load carriers.
- All containers are recorded and permanently tracked by RFID gates in the empties warehouse on entry or exit. This allows you to monitor stock levels in real time and gives you complete transparency about your stocks.
- The combination of RFID and tracking technologies gives you knowledge of the exact location of the bins.
- Production benefits from a constant flow of information. The storage location, current status and availability of a container are always transparent. This ensures that the right containers with the required materials always reach the production process.
- With knowledge of container types and their available quantities, reliable planning for production supply can be easily realized.
- In production, order and product information can be assigned directly to the containers on systems.
- Tracking the movements of the containers enables precise order tracking.
- RFID technology enables precise process control during the execution of work processes (routings).
- The continuous collection of data on container movements enables detailed reports to be generated on order throughput times.
- The location, number and status of all containers in the warehouse are always transparent. RFID recording takes place at central points such as the entrance gate. Automatic recording ensures 100% stock reliability so that delivery reliability can be guaranteed.
- RFID makes it possible to monitor storage strategies such as FIFO (First In - First Out) or LIFO (Last In - First Out).
- It is easy to monitor storage or rest periods for items that have to be stored temporarily for a certain time or have a best-before date.
- Each container is automatically recorded and booked, which means that there is always complete transparency as to which containers are available again after the loading process.
- Customer accounts are debited with the containers delivered, with documentation of which customer uses which number of containers.
- During loading, the system automatically records which containers are linked to which order.
- The system checks whether the correct goods have been loaded in the correct quantity.
A container should be provided with at least 2 transponders, as this greatly increases the reading reliability and even a damaged transponder on a container does not immediately result in the container no longer being recognized at RFID detection points. In some cases, it is also necessary to tag a container with four transponders. This is especially true if it cannot be guaranteed in which orientation the container will be moved at the RFID detection point.
Depending on whether the containers are made of metal or plastic and on the quantity purchased, the cost of a transponder is between €0.50 and €6. At €0.50 to €1.50, marking plastic containers is significantly cheaper than permanently marking metal containers at €1 to €6.
A container can be linked with information such as content, order, etc. by means of RFID handheld. The RFID tag can be read and barcodes from accompanying documents can be scanned. In addition, further information can also be recorded via a handheld app.
If RFID transponders themselves also have a printed QR code or barcode, then standard 1D or 2D scanners or smartphones and other mobile devices can also be used to call up data on the container or link it to the container.
We prefer to store only a unique ID on the RFID transponders and to store all other information required for tracking or other processes on the server in the GRAIDWARE® database. This makes it impossible for third parties to derive or obtain information from the RFID tag.
The range that can be achieved with RFID depends on the transponder and the selected UHF RFID antennas. Depending on the application and requirements, read ranges of 2 to 8 m can be achieved. A longer range is possible, but it must be taken into account that it is difficult to filter out irrelevant RFID tags.
In principle, RFID can be used for all types of containers as long as they can be fitted with an RFID tag. However, it should be noted that the material of the container is of decisive importance for the choice of a suitable transponder.