The Biomecanica company that recently adhered to the RFID solution arose in 1988 thanks to José Roberto Pengo who using pencils and paper, created what would be the precursor of his orthopaedic company, he created an external fixator, it is an equipment that is used in Outside of the limbs (arm, forearm, thigh, leg) to promote fixation of the bones during orthopaedic treatment. We all know that when a company arises from an inspiration, it inevitably carries innovation in DNA.
After three decades in high, Biomecanica decided to invest in innovation with radio frequency identification (RFID) for the expedition area and thus managed to reduce the time of the entire process that has a total of four stages – from separation to submission – from three Hours of work with readings via barcode one by one, for 20 minutes with RFID.
Within this four-step process of the dispatch sector, three were optimized.
In the first phase: at the time of separating the items, the gains were in the agility and accuracy of the items selected for each order, which increases the reliance on the products available in the stock.
In the second phase: at the moment of the Conference, the counting of items rather than being counted individually, are counted collectively and on a large scale in an automatic way.
In the third phase: at the time of invoicing, as the other two phases have brought assurance that 100% of the products collected are in fact in that order, avoiding delays in delivery.
HOW DOES RFID WORK?
The cabins are completely closed and the products of each order are placed inside them, where the reading antennas collect the numbers EPC (Eletronic Product Code), the GS1, on each label of each item. Shortly after reading, in just a few seconds the items appear on the screen of a computer that will be properly connected and with the necessary software for proper reading and will point any failure, either by less products or more products.
According to Sérgio Gambim, CEO of iTAG “There were two major challenges during the implementation. The first was the fact that the products are manufactured using metallic raw material, which causes interference in the signal read by the RFID antennas. The second challenge was the positioning of the antennas in the cabin to allow the reading of 100% of the products manufactured by Biomecanica. The challenges have already been overcome by the teams dedicated to the implementation of the system.
“The main challenge in the Biomecanica project was the type of material to be read, because the entire product line contains 100% metal in its composition,” Gambim explained. In addition, we would have to read the items at various moments in the process, which would make the issues involving tag readings even more challenging. ”
Gambim still cites other benefits that RFID can bring to the customer. “We will find in the development of the project tangible and intangible values, I believe that the second step that will control the part of the production and control of distributors, using the bubble of the EPCIs, will bring to the company the decision making and Traceability necessary to administer the information at the speed required by the market “.
In addition to the aforementioned gains, the implementation of RFID allowed a greater security in the stock, enabling the procurement sector, correctly scheduling the acquisition of raw materials.
With the RFID solution, human failures are avoided, complaints of missing items on shipments, and still provide competitive advantage of the brand, coupled with technologies that guarantee the origin and safety of products.
Biomecanica still sees the use of RFID for its internal structure, with the implementation of the system of traceability by radiofrequency (RFID) to control the documents of the administrative sectors, the next step is external to the company and aims to reach the network of Distribution, national market, and after that, the international market, and hospital network, to have 100% traceability of biomechanical products, from the factory to the patient (end user).
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