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Logistics automation specialist Dematic Limited has introduced a new module to its WMS portfolio that is designed to provide comprehensive support for RFID applications. The move reflects growing demand for RFID-based logistics solutions, and the critical role that is played by software in its successful deployment.
The new RFID module is an addition to Dematics existing, component-based WMS software. Key benefits of the companys RFID solutions include greater productivity as, compared to conventional barcode technology, much faster scanning rates can be achieved. Furthermore, Dematics yard management software functionality now includes the ability to track trailers and, more broadly, RFID achieves a high level of visibility throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing, through distribution hubs and into the retail environment. Improved asset tracking has also been identified as a significant advantage, with RFID facilitating greater control over items such as tote boxes and roll cages, which can represent a significant cost element in modern logistics operations.
Commenting on the introduction of the new software module, Jonathan Priestley, head of business development and marketing for northern Europe for Dematic, said: We are now beginning to see the growing interest in RFID translate into major contracts, particularly in the retail sector. The introduction of what is, in effect, an off-the-shelf solution will ensure that those companies looking to realise the undoubted benefits of this technology can do so as cost-effectively as possible.
Jonathan Priestlys comments follow the recent announcement by Dematic that it will offer WMS solutions as standalone packages. Previously, the company only supplied software as part of complete turnkey projects that also incorporated its automated handling technology. Already in operation in numerous applications, the companys logistics software is based on a building block philosophy, with field-proven modules combined to create solutions that are tailored to the requirements of an individual application.
Dematic Limited, headquartered in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is one of the worlds leading suppliers of logistics automation systems and solutions. As a systems integrator, Dematic delivers a full range of products and services, from individual products and systems to complete turnkey solutions as a general contractor, as well as complete after-sales support and service. Dematic provides automated material handling products, systems and solutions for retail and wholesale distribution, consumer direct, grocery, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical as well as light- to medium-assembly market segments. Dematics products and services are based on a tradition of industry expertise that the company has acquired over decades of commitment worldwide.