GS1 EPCglobal released new guidelines providing guidance on how to use RFID technology to identify pallets and containers in the supply chain, according to logisticsmanager.com.
The guidelines advise how best to apply GS1 EPCglobal Gen2 UHF RFID standards to returnable transport items such as pallets, roll cages, returnable plastic containers, tote boxes and ingredients bins.
The Returnable Transport Item Interest Group brought together major manufacturers, retailers, transport providers and solution providers to produce the guidelines, which contains:
- descriptions of multi-party business use cases to understand the need for identification and management of pallets and other returnable items
- requirements that relate to what data is to be captured in the user memory portion of the tag and how it is to be maintained securely
- advice about the placement of tags to optimize accurate data capture.
GS1 EPCglobal also released an implementation guide for conveyance asset tag environmental testing to establish a baseline for testing passive Gen2 UHF RFID tags to meet the rigours of transport. It also provides guidelines for the placement and encoding of RFID CAT tags for the tracking of assets such as sea containers, dry vans, air freight containers, rail cars and intermodal containers.
Read the full release here.