RFID Systems, an ACURA Global division, works in collaboration with integrators and consultants in electronic radiofrequency identification in Brazil and many other countries. In the center of all adopted technologies lies the company's commitment with open platforms of the sector, which helps integration with legacy systems and high scalability under any prism. RFID Systems is your business network to deploy and optimize your identification processes of identification, traceability and control, in the most diverse vertical applications. Our focus on investigation and deployment, as well as our strategic associations, have been the key of our growth and leadership on the market.
And the distribution centers in all of the supply chain have experienced an authentic "boom" in the adoption of RFID, especially with the advent of EPC (Electronic Product Code), pushed by Wal-Mart and its providers, and some of the other most important networks in the world. The pallet and box identification with RF labels allow for the automatization of processes with minimal human intervention. Reading portals may gesture for the circulation of elevation carts in real time, sending information through Wi-Fi to all company's servers.
Ports and Containers
Strategic to follow the country's growth, the ports have to face a great challenge to follow the growth of the international commerce. Container and truck tracking systems are already a reality in the country, particularly within Santos' port, the biggest of Latin America. The active RF labels identify traffic of people, vehicles and containers. Other applications include RFID access control for PBIP code system, adopted worldwide as security measure against terrorism.
Transports and Traffic
One of the most essential RFID applications is the automatic toll control. Millions of automobiles in different countries use passive or semiactive RFID tags, which accelerates the charging process. In the area of public transportation, the usage of smart tags with with the step of electronic currency is very extended, offering several benefits to the users, companies and the government itself, especially to prevent frauds and optimize control. The wagons identified with RFID also have benefits for all the items inside.
The usage of smaller RF tags, in corporate uniforms, hotel and hospital baskets is an excellent option for industrial laundries that need to identify each piece automatically. These tags support washing and manipulation of dressing pieces in several steps, identifying them in an unique way. There are readers designed specifically to allow reading one or several pieces in tube-type antennas, interconnected to the central system. With this, each washing step is monitored in real time.
Tracking each production step of a car is vital to any car manufacturer of worldwide class. The RF tags applied from the insertion of the monoblock in the line, accompany the vehicle and the large process of manufacturing, going through paint job until final quality control. Using RFID increased production flexibility, manufacturing several models and configurations in the same production line. The car piece industry has also used RFID in great scale to identify lights, air conditioners, motors, etc.
Brazil is the biggest tobacco maker in the world, with a production centered in the South region of the country, given the more adequate climactic conditions. Many smaller makers fuel distant processing plants that use tobacco to make cigars. The recent adoption of RFID in the areas of tobacco processing brought tracking to each stripe of tobacco, tracking its producers, source, type, weight, among others.
With a big growth seen in the last years in production of ethanol, this sector comes strongly inverting the rise of its productive growth and the modernization of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for the use of identification technologies like RFID. The radiofrequency is particularly indicated in an industry known for its agressive working environment, where the identification systems that require visual contact (barcodes) don't present good performance.
RFID is a crucial part of the mining and siderurgy companies' operations. The extremely hostile environments are the tonic for these sectors, and the RFID shows all of its vantages relative to other identification technologies. It doesn't require a visual field for reading, is the best option for identification and control of off-road vehicles, trucks, bulldozers and forklifters, among the usable applications. When it comes to security, RFID can be used in the creation of secure zones that have saved lives and avoided accidents.
Brazil has the biggest bovine herd in the world. Recently, a brazilian company became the world's biggest refrigerator company. Several vertical applications have been deployed using RFID, especially for this market, motivated by the need of guaranteeing treaceability of the meat, for example, starting from the origin, the field, going through the slaughterhouse until the commercial marketplace. In the refrigerator the meat can be automatically identified to its transportation during its many process steps.
Foods and Drinks' Industry
The food and drink manufacturers use RFID as a way of ensuring less manipulation of raw material and of the final product, using automatic identification in its processes. In an environment where hygiene and strict quality control are mandatory, it becomes a testament to the adoption of technologies that diminish interference of possible human errors. The applications are the most varied possible and go from production control, distribution logistics to protection of brands and high value products, like wines.
RFID systems have a very fertile field for usage in big scale, in oil companies, GLPs and special gas manufacturers (atmospheric). It excels in the use of RF tags to identify control valves, equipments, assets, like gas cylinders, and also the use of active tags in prospection platforms for personnel monitoring during material transporting. In some cases, it is necessary to use certified RFID readers for environments with explosion risks.
The companies in this sector of the economy work with many raw materials in grand scale to produce several products of plastic/resin from oil. The transportation of these products happen on baskets or barrels, and require strict course control of the production process in the supply chain. The RF tags, along with these containers, are the best option for being immune to the agents in the chemicals. The handheld or fixed readers ensure effective control and aggregate great value to these sectors.
The sectors that work with healthcare are very sensitive and require absolute control over their processes, which could otherwise cause grave problems to companies in such market. Inside this context, the RFID technology plays a very important role in many applications, from identification of medications with recipes from pharmaceutical companies to helping track assets, patients and hospital personnel. It is a market with great potential for the use of RFID.
Any device that requires periodic maintenance and calibration is able to use RFID for batch control (off line) the maintenance history in line of ascenders, photocopy machines, printers, valves, cars, trucks, machinery, measuring equipment, airplanes, boats, etc. Typically equipped with storage memory, these RF tags of different shapes are read and programmed by handheld RFID readers that can be connected in real time through GPS or Wi-Fi to be operated in batch mode.
RFID has, among its advantages the lesser known trait of protecting active assets. Products like handhelds, art pieces, measure instruments and other assets with more value, can be stolen. The use of RFID tags is a safe and efficient measure to protect those items, which allows for automatic tracking, detecting simple movements or tag removal.