Leading Manufacturer and Distributor of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) Implements RFID to Meet Department of Defense Mandate and Maximize Visibility and Efficiency
Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company and Tacit Solutions, Inc., a Symbol Solution Partner, recently announced that AmeriQual Group, LLC, a leader in the production, packaging, assembly and distribution of shelf-stable food products, has deployed Symbol mobile computers, RFID, and wireless technology to track cases and pallets of MREs as they move from packaging through delivery. As the largest supplier of MREs to the United States Department of Defense (DoD), AmeriQual plans to ship more than one million cases by the end of 2006 using the RFID solution.
Following a contract win from the DoD, AmeriQual began working with Tacit Solutions, a systems integrator specializing in developing turnkey mobile data collection solutions, to implement an end-to-end system that would meet the DoD’s specified RFID requirements. Tacit Solutions provided project management, hardware selection and application development for the AmeriQual solution that would help meet the DoD mandate for the top 500 suppliers to tag their goods with passive UHF RFID tags at case and pallet level.
“Tacit was able to implement the Symbol RFID solution and help us achieve compliance seamlessly, without interfering with the existing business processes and systems we have in place,” said Ben Klipsch, AmeriQual’s assistant general manager and director of operations. “Symbol’s high- performance RFID technology offers increased inventory control and visibility, and allows faster decision-making at the point of data capture.”
AmeriQual deployed Symbol MC9000-G RFID mobile computers along with Symbol MC9060-G mobile computers, XR400 RFID fixed readers and the WS2000 wireless switch to track and trace cases and pallets tagged with RFID.
“Using RFID to provide secure, reliable and immediate access to business- critical information can help improve business operations and increase productivity,” said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol’s Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions. “Through its mandate, the DoD has made clear that they recognize the value of the speed, reliability and efficiency improvements generated by RFID, as well as the increased accuracy and lower labor costs that result.”
“In a short timeframe we were able to deploy a fully functioning RFID solution that met all requirements and exceeded expectations,” said Dan Howell, president of Tacit Solutions. “This high-performance RFID solution also allowed AmeriQual to improve data integrity and efficiency with real-time access to inventory information.”
For more information on Symbol’s RFID product offerings visit: http://www.symbol.com/rfid.
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Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world’s leading companies. For more information, visit http://www.symbol.com/.