RFID improves cold storage freight transport
Motorola and Franwell Inc. are working together to provide an RFID solution at H&M Bay’s cross-docking distribution center in Federalsburg, Md. The system will assist its frozen food transportation system in meeting deadlines and maintaining industry standards on proper temperature controls.
Motorola and Franwell supplied an RFID hardware and software solution that would locate and record pallet information in real time, giving H&M Bay visibility over inventory as it enters, moves through and leaves distribution facilities.
The initial deployment consists of RFID tags placed on each warehouse storage location along with each pallet to facilitate product control and automate the tracking of inventory.
As Motorola RD5000 mobile RFID readers detect tagged pallets and tagged storage locations, a message is sent to H&M Bay’s inventory system to record when a pallet has been removed from its location and where it has been placed.
Motorola RFID industrial-class XR series readers are used on the cooler and freezer doors to detect pallet tags as they enter or exit the cold storage facilities.