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M/A-COM Technology Announces Advancement in Sensor-Based RFID Forklift Systems

Fri, 02/13/2009 - 6:11am
M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. announces its sensor-based RFID Forklift System that automatically records an RFID tagged pallet’s exact storage location during handling and slotting processes without requiring the operator to initiate traditional manual data collection methods, resulting in optimal accuracy and efficiency throughout the supply chain.

New or existing forklifts can be retrofitted to work with the sensor-based RFID Forklift System. The system uses an acoustic sensor, broad beam antenna and controller logic to identify an RFID pallet tag after it has been loaded onto the forklift. The system then identifies a pallet storage location, using a narrow beam antenna, laser-height sensor and controller logic to confirm that the specific pallet has been picked up or dropped off at that location. These slotting transactions are fed to the enterprise system via WiFi connectivity. The RFID Forklift unit employs a high-performance Impinj Speedway reader loaded with fully released and supported forklift firmware.

Forklift systems are an integral part of material handling and inventory management operations. However, the vast majority of forklifts relies solely upon traditional, operator-initiated data collection methods to record all material movement transactions via bar code scanning or keyed entry systems. These methods can be time-consuming and lead to inaccuracies. Organizations that do not have a warehouse management system in place have even greater productivity challenges, requiring employees to scour the aisles searching racks for products. The increased accuracy, time saved from lack of manual labor, and visibility into the movement of products within the warehouse present advantages that can help accelerate both the RFID and forklift industries.
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