RFID Tunnel raises the bar for order picking

AutoID technologies, in particular RFID-based applications, are indispensable in picking and storage processes, in order to achieve flawless processes for high turnover rates of goods. At the same time, automated reading processes are the basis for the integration of picking in other inventory management systems and higher-level ERP solutions.

With RFID Tunnel we have managed to develop a product that truly raises the bar. Where conventional RFID antenna systems fail, RFID Tunnel shows its strengths - in the high-speed picking of closed shipping units on the conveyor belt. Now it is possible to read out all individual products contained in the shipping unit precisely and without loss of speed.

The first generation of the RFID Tunnel was the result of a pilot project which syspro executed together with the German RFID Konsortium and the German Adler Modemärkte AG textile retail chain. Here we managed for the first time to read out the complete contents of packages under real-world conditions using a directional array of a number of RFID antennas arranged around a conveyor belt. In this case interferences between the antennas and environmental impacts such as other RFID labels on staff clothing or shipping containers in the vicinity had to be excluded. A hardware solution alone cannot meet these requirements. For that reason the syspro experts designed a process application whose business logic was able to compensate for all hardware weaknesses.

After a one-year pilot phase and in cooperation with the SICK sensing specialist and the IT consultants from TAILORIT the RFID Tunnel was ready for market launch. The key was the meanwhile available industry-compliant series tunnel from SICK.

Today the RFID Tunnel is available as an independent workstation and as a process station in complex picking systems. Our customers benefit from the best possible reading precision, the highest speed and full flexibility for the consolidation of shipping units.