Nottingham company beating the drum of innovation.

Coriel, the Nottingham based start-up business, is delighted to announce that its SMARTDrum has been commended by the Institute of Engineering and Technology at the East Midlands Engineering Innovation Awards 2009.

Coriel was founded in September 2008 by three colleagues who identified an opportunity to develop an electronic tagging system for high value items. With an immediate requirement to develop a system for the UKs leading manufacturer of cable drums, SMARTDrum was developed to monitor and track cable drums and their contents at every stage of the supply chain.

Cable drums and their contents are high value packaging assets and their movements are currently monitored using handwritten records. With SMARTDrum, they can now be monitored and traced much more easily, saving businesses money, giving them better visibility of stock and protecting the environment from lost cable drums. The system helps everyone in the supply chain as it automates business processes, making a welcome change from paper-based systems.

David Nettleton, Business Development Director, Coriel said: Getting this commendation from the IET is fantastic news for us and it comes at a time when SMARTDrum is being trialled by one of the UKs leading cable drum manufacturers. For us, this is a great boost and it gives recognition at the highest level that we are doing something which is going to make a big difference.

Believed to be the worlds first automated electronic cable drum management system, SMARTDrum uses Radio Frequency Identification ( RFID ) tags embedded in the wooden flange to identify the drum via hand-held readers. Although RFID tagging is not new in itself, there are a number of innovative features that make the SMARTDrum system unique. Recording the amount of cable available on the drum is a key feature to ensure that wastage is minimised and stock is more accurately recorded.

The simplicity of the system lies in the single web application that can be accessed from the hand-held devices. This has a number of benefits for users as only one application needs to be developed, tested and maintained and any system updates can be done quickly and easily without returning the hand-held devices to a central location.

Coriel are now developing the system to address the challenges of monitoring and traceability in other market sectors. The SMARTSeries will aim to reduce the dependence on paper-based systems to provide everyone in the supply chain with more accuracy, speed and efficiency.

About Coriel
Coriel solves real business problems with the intelligent use of technology. With a broad range of engineering, software and application skills, Coriel can apply the best mix of solutions to automate and streamline business processes. Standardised solutions, bespoke development and independent consultancy gives Coriel the ability to design and implement solutions that make a difference.


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