SATO Realises the First Automatic Pallet Labelling Device for UHF RFID Tags at Nestl

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SATO, a global leader in barcode printing, labelling, and EPC/RFID solutions, has developed an automated pallet labelling solution using UHF RFID tags for Nestl. After full analysis and site surveys of Nestles distribution centres in Ldinghausen and Rangsdorf, Germany, SATO, in collaboration with UPM Rafsec, a producer of RFID tags, and Nestl, a leading food manufacturer, has successfully designed and installed a solution meeting Nestles UHF RFID labelling requirements.

SATO has been actively involved in RFID technology, recently introducing the industry's first, complete multi-protocol EPC-compliant RFID solutions offering. SATO also fully supports the Uniform Code Council's (UCC) Electronic Product Code (EPC) initiatives and was appointed METRO Groups Gold Partner in June 2004.

METRO Group realized its RFID initiative in the first week of November. Since then, twenty of METRO Groups leading suppliers are delivering many of their product pallets tagged with SATO RFID solutions.

Nestl is participating in METRO Groups RFID roll-out and has now taken RFID to the next pilot level by automatically labeling pallets of goods with fully functional UHF RFID tags.

SATO is delighted about this partnership with Nestl and UPM Rafsec. SATO has been participating in METROs Future Store initiative since the beginning, which has allowed us to gain the valuable application knowledge that is necessary for developing the automated (print and apply) pallet labelling solution based on SATOs well established S-type print engines using UHF RFID tags said Andreas Kolb, RFID Business Development Manager from SATO. The SATO automatic pallet labelling solution is supplied with the UPM Rafsec Flag Tag to the Fast Moving Consumers Goods industry, allowing tagging of all pallets with just one type of tag. This solution virtually functions for all potential shipping label applications in the market today.

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