GEBHARDT Foerdertechnik AG of Sinsheim, near Heidelberg, one of the leading providers of materials handling and internal logistical systems, is avidly preparing the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in its operations. This new radio signal technology, used for branding and recognition of packaging, will soon be a standard feature of the various GEBHARDT Foerdertechnik programs.
As GEBHARDTs marketing director Fritz Gebhardt explains, We intend to present the use of radio technology in logistical operations to our customers no later than at the CeMAT Exhibition in Hannover (October 11. 14. 2005) GEBHARDTs demonstration unit will be equipped to include the new technology in time for the show through the partnering support of IAL Automation und Logistik, GmbH. Continuing, Gebhardt, notes, A key role in the new technology will be played by the containers which will feature an integrated chip with sufficient storage capacity for programming all necessary information and which can be re-programmed at any time.
GEBHARDT Foerdertechnik AG envisions the use of RFID as a simplifying factor in many materials handling applications found within internal logistical tasking. The contents of entire pallets and containers can be immediately ascertained at any point during an application without having to withdraw or remove an individual package or item during the production or storage procedures.
Specialized division and sorting, as well as, immediate commissioning are among the advantages to be gained. Required documents can also be created immediately upon receiving goods and can then be provided to recipients by the carrier or freight-forwarder. The same holds true for outward-bound goods. This documentation provides incontrovertible responsibility and accountability for each and every item helping locate goods and preventing loss.
GEBHARDTs RFID applications will conform to stringent European requirements governing the maximal amount of radio emission allowed during transmission. These levels are limited by statutes governing the exposure to radiation. However, in the United States, higher limits and larger amounts of emission are permitted. Nevertheless, these local requirements can still be maintained through the use of protective sheathing and channeling when in extreme cases larger quantities of goods must be processed.