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Traceability project rfid workshop

  1. 1. CICRESPI spa20060 Liscate Milano - Italy Via Trieste, 11 Tel: + Fax: + UNI EN ISO 9001:2000Quality Management System Certified by Certiquality
  2. 2. Traceability Project RFID Workshop
  3. 3. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACKIdentification, traceability and security of productsand processes with barcodes and 2D, transpon-ders and data transmission in radiofrequency.WORKSHOP FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RFIDTECHNOLOGIES“To be accepted new technologies must be first ofall understood, and to be understood they mustbecome a transparent tool where sense is clear andfunctioning is intuitive.” 1
  4. 4. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK Company presentation CICRESPI designs solutions and services for identification, traceability and security of products, processes, persons and routes. It is a joint-stock company, recently awarded for its 95 years of activity2
  5. 5. It is a multi-business company, its five businessunits are conceived as know-how centresspecialized in markets, products and technologies.Three towards industry for coding, marking,labelling, automatic identification though barcodes,dots, tags, data transmission in radiofrequencyRFID, quality control, hot stamping, pad, digitalink-jet and thermal transfer printing. Two towardsthe tertiary and Public Administration for securityof documents and money, paper treatment, interiorand exterior architectural signage, lightboxes andexhibition of messages.For the industrial, agri-food and beverage marketsit has developed, together with CICRESPIENGINEERING a company of the Group, the RFIDworkshop “from field to point of sale and back”. 3
  6. 6. In this space the company has organized the production and distribution chain of products requiring lot trackability and traceability. It is interesting to observe in detail the use of different technologies (labels with barcode on front and tag on back) developed for different applications: boxes, bottles, cartons, pallets, shelves, automatic cash desks. It is possible to review one’s own activity within the entire chain, and to perceive opportunities and issues of RFID technologies in an organic and global way. The outline of the technologies involved for lot traceability and quality control for consumer security is as follows:4
  7. 7. Tools and methods to track, trace and verify Coding Marking Automatic identification RF Data transmissions In line inspectionsVariable data Fixed data Data Symbols Variable data Differed Real time Non destructive Lot Trademarks Line Graphics Bar- 2D dot codes Transponders Readers Terminals codes Ink-jet X Rays Laser Directly HF UHF Artificial vision Micropercussion Metaldetectors Thermal Transfer Acuostics Hot stamping Laser Pad printing Proximity Smart label Vehicled on label Self-adhesive label Smart label 5 Electronic logic – Application software – DB Host interface
  8. 8. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK Definition of trackability and traceability Trackability is the activity compelling a Group of Companies connected through relationships of production, transformation and sale of agri-food products to apply the guidelines of the Ministry of Agriculture for the safety of consumers. This is trackability of responsibility from Field to point of Sale.Companies Trace the instructions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13Trace Customer claim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Traceability is the reverse route, it starts when the safety of consumer is violated. It is from point of sale to field.6
  9. 9. DEFINITION: The ability to trace and follow a food, feed, food- producing animal or substance intended to be, or expected to be incorporated into a food or feed, through all stages of production, processing and distribution, up to final consumer. Collection SelectionTr a c k a b i l i t y Processing Traceability Stocking Distribution Points of Points of Points of Points of sales sales sales sales Consumer 7
  10. 10. FIELD EL D Farms grow and collect FACTOR FA OR FACTORY OR Factories transform and pack RE TAIL RETAIL RETAIL E I Large Scale Retailers distribute8
  11. 11. CONSUMERCONSUMER Consumer is satisfiedCONSUMERCONSUMER Consumer claims 9
  12. 12. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK Trackability process of the activities of a production chain “a set of related activities to get a secure product” Field Collection Stocking Selection Transport Ind. Stock ProcessesInput 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Transformation Filling Environment / Conditioning Packages / Means Criteria / Machines Environment / Conditioning Methods / Machines / ContainersInstructions 1 Location / Ground treatment / Used products10
  13. 13. Packaging Palletizing Stocking Ord. prep. Distribution Consume 8 9 10 11 12 13 Output Customer satisfaction Quality and safety ensured Retail Logistics Series of operations Mapping Tertiary packaging / labelling EAN-SSCC / IDaInstructions Primary / Secondary packaging / coding / ID automaticTo each activity we associate instructions and responsibilities for trackability.Thanks to the guidelines for the editing of the traceability manual, decreed bythe Ministry of Agriculture, all subjects involved within the chain, procedures andmanuals for data recording are identified, in order to allow an efficient revisionof the production process. 11
  14. 14. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK Barcode and transponder, technology evolution for automatic identification Barcode for product unit EAN Code of Code Control National the mark of the digit Prefix owner product EAN Company Prefix12
  15. 15. UCC/EAN 128 barcode for multi-products packaging, the cartonbox. Lot Expiry date Package code 13
  16. 16. BARCODES FOR THE PALLET UNIT: UCC/EAN 128 AND SSCC Numerical SSCC code is an univocal, serial number assigned to the logistic unit, identifying each single pallet or carton box. It is composed of 18 digits: Control digit Sequential part of code SSCC Indicod code assigned to the company Italy *Digit from 0 to 9, to be chosen by the company assigning SSCC. Indicod-ECR suggests using sequential logic. Data identifiers: (00) = SSCC, sequential number of the parcel14
  17. 17. TRANSPONDER FOR INTELLIGENT OBJECTS AND LABELSTransponder is a component with a thickness of a few micronscomposed of: antenna, microchip (memory from ten to approximatelysome thousand bytes up to 2000 digits) and support.In this version it can be mounted on an adhesive material, insertedinto a cardboard or in particular containers or laminated within aplastic card, thus constituting the family of SMART CARDS andLABELS, intelligent labels for RFID writing and reading. Glue Chip Bonding Test 15
  18. 18. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK From the guidelines of the Ministry of Agriculture to lot trackability. Methods for coding primary, secondary and tertiary packaging PRIMARY PACKAGING = PRODUCT UNIT = ALPHANUMERICAL AND BARCODES16
  19. 19. ALPHANUMERICAL CODES• Expiry date• Production date• Lot number 17
  20. 20. BARCODES EAN 13 For product unit • Trays • Flasks • Jars • Bottles • Tanks • Pots • Blisters • Cases • Sachets • Promotional18
  21. 21. Trays Trays Flasks Flasks Jars JarsBottlesBot tles Tanks Tanks Pots Pots 19
  22. 22. Pots Pots Blisters Blisters Pre-folded sheets Pre-folded sheets Sachets Sachets Promotional Promotional Bundles and cartons Bundles and car tons20
  25. 25. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACKRFID WorkshopLot traceability chain in 10 stepsFIELDWe start from the field where, for the sake of traceability, during the collectionthe farmer identifies the production by applying on each box a label featuringdata of field and collection date.For this step a thermal transfer printer for barcodes, equipped with an RFIDantenna, calibrated on the frequency HF = 15.56 MHz, to record the sameinformation on the transponder microchip, is used.FACTORYWhen the factory receives the product, it identifies the single box by readingthe barcode featured on the label. Reading can be performed with a barcodescanner or a reader equipped with an RFID antenna.Production process continues, for example, by extracting a bottled juice.Each juice bottle runs through an inspection system checking the eventualpresence of foreign bodies, and through a Taptone system ensuring thetightening of the container. 23
  26. 26. Bottle is now ready to be codified with lot number and Best Before indication.To print these data ink-jet or laser coders are used. In the computer systemsuch elements are connected to the starting lot of the farmer.Therefore bottle is labelled with a smart label featuring information both clear(with barcode) and in RFID.When the secondary packaging is formed, in the demo it is a six-piece unit,the information collected so far, joined by the number of pieces per eachcarton box, is written on the multiple packaging through the application of asmart label. In this case the frequency changes, to read at longer distancesUHF is used.Equipment “Lampo RFID” assembled in the workshop, is provided with ascanner checking that the information featured on the label is correct.Once the pallet has been formed by carton boxes, already marked asdescribed, this can be identified either exploiting barcode technology, orthough an antennas system operating in UHF, or in both ways.Presently, in our workshop we have a controller antenna connected to centralPC and three antennas detecting the tags featured on the multiple packaging,thus verifying what is present on the pallet.24
  27. 27. Pallet is labelled and collected information is exploited to create loads forshipment. Pallet, becoming a “load unit”, can be managed with the sameprinciple: reading through barcode or antennas.In the workshop for pallet labelling we use equipment “Termologitron”, anelectro-pneumatic labelling machine, printing during the translation of theapplication arm, saving dead times, up to the point to get a double applicationwith a guaranteed speed of four pallets per minute.LARGE SCALE RETAILWhen the pallet reaches a warehouse or a deposit of a large scale retailer, anantennas system identifies it when entering, loading it at stock and indicatingin which area it should be placed. Here another antennas system, making theshelf intelligent, is able to signal immediately the contents.When the entire pallet or the single boxes are taken to be exposed at thepoint of sale, inventory is automatically updated and moreover, when thecart containing the labelled products runs through the magnetic field of theantennas located near the cash desks, the receipt ticket is automatically self-compiled.At this point it is not difficult to follow the reverse route up to the collectionfield: in fact, by exploiting the memorized information, we get a perfecttraceability. 25
  28. 28. 1 RFID WORKSHOP IN 10 STEPS Identification of the cash desks with barcode UCC/EAN 128 and coding RFID FIELD EL D Printer of self-adhesive labels in reel, thermal transfer printing technology. Machine set for reading-writing of HF smart labels.26
  29. 29. 2 Identification of products of different origin, processing and bottling.FACTORFA ORFACTORY OR Palm terminal to decode fields data. 27
  30. 30. 3 Quality Control FACTOR FA OR FACTORY OR Inspection system to check foreign bodies. Checking of containers tightening.28
  31. 31. 4 Primary PackagingFACTORFA ORFACTORY OR Ink-jet or laser coders to mark production lot and expiry date. Head to print and apply the label on primary packaging. Thermal transfer technology, machine set for reading- writing of HF smart labels. 29
  32. 32. 5 Secondary Packaging (carton box) FACTOR FA OR FACTORY OR Head to print and apply the label on carton box. Technology UHF radiofrequency.30
  33. 33. 6 Pallet identificationFACTORFA ORFACTORY OR Port with UHF antennas for data reception and transmission from carton boxes to the computer processing the label and sending it to the printer. Logistic label size A5, 150x210 mm, with barcodes UCC/ EAN 128, SSCC and transponders. 31
  34. 34. 7 Goods shipment FACTOR FA OR FACTORY OR Palm terminal for stock unloading. Computer for the traceability of the production process.32
  35. 35. 8 Goods reception at large scale retailer siteRE TAILRETAILRETAIL E I Port with UHF antennas and manual barcode reader to decode factory data. Stock loading. Computer to manage large scale retailer stock. 33
  36. 36. 9 Warehouse stocking RE TAI RETAIL RETAIL E IL Intelligent shelf equipped with UHF antennas for real time management of goods handling.34
  37. 37. 10 Point of saleRE TAILRETAILRETAIL E I Intelligent cash desk with HF antennas to read smart labels and code EAN 13 reader. 35
  38. 38. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACK Network and computer supports for connections between 1-10 and host 2- Transformation 3- Quality control 1- Field and 4- Coding and labelling collection primary packaging10- Point ofsale 9- Warehouse stocking 5- Secondary 8- Goods reception packaging and at retailer site labelling 7- Shipment 6- Pallet arranging and labelling36
  39. 39. Automatic identification is the recognition of the product and the trackabilityand traceability process through optical reading of barcodes, and electro-magnetic of tags.Data transmission in radiofrequency is the network of computertelecommunication which allows knowing in real time where we are, what weare doing and what to do.Electronic mediaThe workshop can be divided into three large areas:The field with the printer identifying the farmer and his product, the industrymanaging the necessary information for traceability (from identification ofthe incoming raw materials to the output pallets) with a central unit, the reallogistics with the management of loads, stocks and points of sale.The first area is intentionally simple, to be managed also by medium-small orsimply structured companies.Industry section includes a host computer, a network connection and specificsoftware. 37
  40. 40. All the above allows to command and control the activity of the RFIDreaders, to send the necessary setup commands to their software, toreceive messages when tags are read, to read tags buffers and downloadinformation, to grant visibility to reading operations and to supply the rightinterface to users.38
  41. 41. Software of the industry section, in its turn, is dividable into three parts: firstis connection of central PC with the palms (exploiting RF technology for datatransmission) or with the antennas placed in strategic points of the factory.Such tools are necessary when the relevant operations are performed in anarea of the factory non covered by the company network0. 39
  42. 42. The second part of the software associates the supplier code to each production lot, in this stage even the printing of all the labels featuring lot and expiry date on primary and secondary packaging is managed. The third part of the software manages pallets, SSCC codes and connects these data to the company management software for the inventory. To end the research and load the single truck, it is necessary to get similar terminals to the ones used for the incoming processes.40
  43. 43. In the workshop the two most used frequencies in industry can be experimented: HF = 13.56 MHz, already standardized by ISO norms, ensuring use and inclusion in company structures, and UHF frequency not standardized yet, but granting a reading of more than one meter. Product identificationIncoming pallet SSCC Data sent to assignment management Label sent to software the printer 41
  44. 44. Logistic section is composed of two parts: Management of loads and stocks. Real time shelf scanning to automatically manage the inventory42
  45. 45. Management of point of sale.Real time cashdesk scanning toautomatically issuereceipt ticket 43
  46. 46. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACKAttending customers step by stepThrough its workshop CICRESPI intends to supply a valid technical -educational support to users, developers and implementers of systems fortraceability in general and RFID in particular, by helping them to developpersonalized solutions, allowing them to deepen experimentation of thistechnology on the most critical areas.In our workshop also wider corporate targets are pursued, such as: studies onthe manners of propagation of signals, on possible interferences, evaluationson the performances of different antennas, progressive improvement ofsoftware, and even more.To face each specific customer problem, we try to reproduce in our workshopthe most realistic conditions as possible; hence the section of pallet labellingis in real dimensions, and each machine used (checkers, printers, labellers,etc.) is standard; it is even possible to mount, each time in a different way,antennas and readers with more active readers at the same time.44
  47. 47. During the adjustment of the project, each issue affecting the final performanceof the installation is investigated.The approach is to face each trackability and RFID project by consideringthe kind of objects to support, where the tag should be placed, which kind oftags and readers to choose, if it will be necessary to add insulating items, andmoreover which can be the limits of the system chosen and the packagingmaterials involved.Other factors effect the final result: distance between transmitter and reader,features of the transmitting and receiving antennas (shape, frequency,etc.), eventual signals weakening in all different steps, interferences in theenvironment (those among readers due to the presence of more readers atthe same time, those among close channels due to strong signals in closefrequencies).All these elements must be carefully screened to get the desired result. 45
  48. 48. FROM FIELD TO POINT OF SALE AND BACKThe futureInitially the development of RFID should concentrate on services andprocesses using reusable transponders, following the standards alreadyaccepted for passive transponders.When new technologies and standards will be mature, RFID will developas individual identification of finished products and introduction of low costpassive transponders.Such developments will allow creating best practices to progress from “RFIDproject” to “RFID product”, and in such steps the role of the workshops will beessential in the transformation of the RFID into commodity.46
  49. 49. CICRESPI, strategic partnerVIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC., brands Videojet, Marsh, CheshireAVERY DENNISON, labelling systems and RFID applications. 47
  50. 50. You are invited to reserve your date in Liscate Milano, Italy Via Trieste, 11 to visit our RFID workshop e-mail: Tel: + Fax: +