Lithuanian-Swedish lighting manufacturer uses RFID for pallet tracking

Home lighting products manufacturer, Artilux NMF, has improved its internal logistics chain by adopting RFID-technology. The company uses UPM Raflatac's ShortDipole RFID tags on each pallet.

Artilux NMF is a joint venture that incorporates the Swedish company Artilux AB and the Lithuanian company SC Neaustiniu mediagu fabrikas. The company produces over six million luminaries and resulting in shipments of about 25 000 pallets each year. The principal share of production is exported to international customers.

Artilux NMF has been recognised and awarded internationally for the companys innovative solutions and numerous new technological implementations. Challenges in warehouse operations have been a limitation and drawback due to increased production volumes and peak-season volatility. Today Artilux NMF has resolved it warehouse difficulties by adopting UPM Raflatacs automatic identification and tracking based on RFID-technology.

In Artilux's redefined logistics process, RFID tags are embedded on each pallet at the production quality control point. The pallets are now tracked and traced throughout the logistic process phase. RFID readers are installed at each by-pass gate as pallets travel from production to storage and from storage further to loading ramps for distribution. RFID controlling points automatically identify by-passing pallets. The system determines automatically if the pallet can move through the gates and informs warehouse operator by sending information to the control display.

The RFID-solution used by Artilux NMF was delivered and installed by Lithuanian system integrator Autepra. The solution is based on UPM Raflatac ShortDipole RFID tags, Zebra RZ400 printers, CAEN RFID's readers and computers with RFID reader and laser barcode scanner from German companyt+t Netcom. The software is based on Navision ERP, realized by a company Sprendimu idejos.

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