Motorola announced that Cox Industries, a producer of pressure treated wood products for distribution to building supply dealers and specialty distributors, is using an RFID solution from itself and Stark RFID.
Motorola RD5000 mobile RFID readers will work in combination with Stark RFID’s Hacktrac work-in-progress inventory management system to enable the company to gain a greater visibility into the locations of its lumber package in real-time, thus reducing locating and pick-ticket errors.
Forklifts are outfitted with readers, which send information to the operator regarding where the lumber should be stacked in the yard. When the package is stacked, the information is transferred wirelessly to Cox’s management so they can track a package’s whereabouts, born-on dates and the order fulfillment process.
The new system will also give Cox employees quick access to details such as order history, customer change requests and real-time ordering status. If a customer calls partway through the process of loading an order and asks to make a change to the order, the information is transmitted wirelessly and sent out to the forklift operator, and ensuring that the customer change order is accurately filled.
Cox is in the process of deploying similar RFID solutions across its other 12 facilities spread across the southern and southeastern United States.