China medicine packaging. After using RFID technology with automation

ChinaInternational Marine Containers (CIMC) is a world’s leading shipping containersupplier, tracking products are a very difficult matter for their companybecause they provides services over million containers to their customerworldwide every year.

Before CIMC using RFID Technology, the company requiremany labours when tracking inventory. To find out the products, workers evenusing binocular at the container yard. In fact, the company still did not knowthe actual location of certain containers and sometimes even lost thecontainers or sent the incorrect containers to the customer. Before using theRFID technology, the containers that ready to delivered need to double check atthe gate of containers yard with a bunch of paperwork. This cause theinefficiency where the drivers need to wait for the papers to process beforedelivery the containers out of containers yard.

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To improve the efficiency ofthe operation, CIMC started to use RFID technology to track the containers fromthe container yard. When the containers reached, the RFID tag will scan intoforklifts computer screen and allow the operators to input the location intothe system. The loss of containers and delivery mix-ups then reduced afterusing the RFID technology and also speed up the process of workflow. It canclearly see that how RFID technology help CIMC in tracking inventory andreduced the time and labours needed.            In the past, the packaging processof SGH Pharmacy was heavily dependent on human resources where the generateissue of human error of wrong medicine packaging. After using RFID technologywith automation system, when pharmacist placed the prescription in theRFID-tagged basket, the medicine will then automatic to trigger the process ofpackaging.

It is not only improve the efficiency but also reduced the errortill the minimum. For another example where in hospital, active RFID used as babytagging provides parents and staffs greater assurance and peace of mind becausethe tags are using ‘cut-band’ technology where will causing the alarm when thetags is remove by unauthorised person. In addition, RFID tags that attachedwith baby and mother will also alert when baby placed in the wrong cot orhanded to the wrong mother (2013).             A new standard set in automation byRFID.

With the ability to ass new features to the chip, the technology is wellprepared for future application. Especially relying on logistics or industrythat focused on automation because they can speed up the process and reduce theexpenses. Only time can tell how RFID technology can be implemented in thefuture. Improvements, research and examination in the key problem areas forexample of personal data protection and greater transparency may help increasethe acceptance and also market image.