Scandinavian slate manufacturer, Minera Norge is making use of UPM Raflatac ShortDipole and Hammer RFID tags by automating the location and delivery processes of its stone products.
The company uses RFID to track pallets from loading to the point of shipment. Stone products are cut into tiles or blocks and then placed on pallets attached with UPM Raflatac RFID tags. They are then moved to an RFID reader portal where information, such as product and weight are linked to a corresponding order.
The pallets are then stored outdoors on Minera Norge’s large yard using a forklift equipped with GPS system and an RFID reader. When a driver picks up a pallet, software shows data of the pallet on the forklift’s screen enabling the driver to quickly confirm it is the correct product.
The invoice process is also automated with the new system as it enables forklift drivers to indicate from the onboard screen that a product has been shipped, and send an advance shipping notice to a customer, thus activating the actual invoicing process.