Pilkington Group Limited is a multinational company engaged in the manufacture of glass for the automotive industry and construction.
When distributing its products, Pilkington transport uses elements called "racks" or "media" are supports for glasses used to transport them and park them without damage. The racks are delivered together with the glass and are then removed when the glass was used.
The decision by which the company decided to incorporate RFID Technology in its racks has to do with the impossibility of having these returnable assets on time in the factory facilities in order to load products and transport them to their destination..
Pilkington did not know the exact location of the racks and what level of stock they had, which generated the need to make unnecessary purchases of racks in order to continue operating.
In this way, it was almost impossible to deliver the merchandise to the clients in a timely manner., causing the company to waste time, money and reputation.
To reverse this situation, Pilkington implemented the solution Return IT than Telectronic to control your returnable assets using RFID Technology.
How was the project carried out?
An RFID system with portals was installed TAG RFID robust in each of the racks that the company owns. These Tags are read by RFID portals that are located at the entrance and exit of each distribution center.
When a transporter truck enters or leaves the warehouse, the system automatically records your movement. Through the solution Return it the truck is checked, the client, the date and time of the operation and the identification of each of the racks sent or received.
Portals automatically identify the direction of movement of the truck (entry or exit), the client and each of the racks that pass through it. The system Return IT records all the information in the traceability database generating reports, real-time business alerts and alarms.
What advantages did Pilkington have for using RFID to control returnable assets?
With this system, Pilkington has complete traceability of the stock of the racks that are in the plant or in the customer's establishment, allowing you to have absolute visibility of your assets and know the life of each rack.
Besides, thanks to the reports provided by the software Return IT, Pilkington has verifiable tools to make claims to clients for delays in returning racks, since it is registered where the rack went and what was its last location, creating alerts and reports to locate you.
From this implementation, Pilkington reduced losses and theft of its returnable assets and eliminated unnecessary rack purchases, ensuring the continuity of the operation and providing a better service to its clients.