Industry companies have doubled profitability only with inventory tracking; Guarantee of gains on losses
A group of clothes sectors companies has shown that, unlike the most, investing amid the recession is the main alternative to reduce the effects of the crisis that has spread in the intern market since the end of 2014. Combining technology to the inventory management, the Companies were able to reduce inventory losses by 70%, reversing the amount in net profit to the manufacturers monthly invoicing.
However, how to reduce the time of the expedition and still make gains from the losses? The key to achieving success in inventory management has been provided by radiofrequency technology coupled with so-called smart tags. Launched in the national market in 2007 by iTAG, labels give the entrepreneur 100% of the inventory control, in minutes.
“What we used to take a whole morning to check, today we can do it in 30 minutes. This is what we gain in production and income. The store do not be stopped anymore to do the inventory, “explained the owner of Camisaria Planner, Cianorte (PR), Diego Novo. The company now has a distribution center responsible for serving five stores in Paraná.
Because of the intelligent management associated with other investments, the company estimated a 60% growth in 2016, and foresees new expansions in 2017. “The technology also made me certain that my inventory control was efficient. And we managed to reduce losses, the margin of zero, “said the businessman.
In the Mackvanny Group, also of Cianorte (PR), the technology allowed even greater gains. According to Samir Abdayem, Managing Partner of Mackvanny, the company has made improvements with the use of RFID in both its operations and processes.
“The benefits obtained with the RFID system were great, because we were able to have more precision and control in the invoicing for customers, thus avoiding divergences between what was invoiced and the delivered parts,” he explains. “We also had a considerable gain in inventory control, as errors and divergences were reduced.”
“Before RFID, the billing process was very manual. Nevertheless, with technology, activities have become more efficient and less operational, thus facilitating validations, checks and controls, “says Abdayem. The solution was deployed by iTag, which developed the fixed RFID portal, with reader and antenna from Acura Global.
In both cases, the reader is installed inside the portal, which is on the expedition, where it is read. The order parts are placed in the dispatch boxes and after that are sealed. After the order is closed, about four boxes are placed at a time inside the portal and the reading is done. Altogether, the boxes contain approximately 400 pieces. Then the boxes are removed from the portal and ready for dispatch.
This is possible because all clothing produced at Mackvanny’s factory receives a unique RFID tag with a unique identity, determining the specific model of each piece, color, size and other features individually, such as an embroidered finish, a button Special etc. The tags uses the Ucode7 chip, from NXP Semiconductor, and are manufactured by iTag.
In the uniforms manufacturer, Hermitex, in Campinas (SP), the company invested in the iTag radio frequency identification (RFID) solution. As a result, Hermitex achieved 70% optimization in part counting time and achieved 100% product traceability.
According to executive Lucas Kolokathis Costa, director of Hermitex, the company stands out for the prompt delivery of several products, which allows meeting the demand of companies of any size. Despite this, Hermitex has chosen not to adopt GS1’s EPC UHF passive standard because serialization is only intended for internal use with Magic Network’s ERP management system, which uses a database in cloud computing.
Prior to RFID, manufacturing control, inventory control, and product sales processes were done in a computerized system, however, with manual feed of information and total dependence on employees for counting, correctness, movement, etc. “We practically did not have traceability, accuracy in counts and, mainly, efficiency in all these processes”, attests Costa. “Accuracy and time optimization were immediate positive impacts of RFID.”
With radio frequency identification technology, the labels are printed and fixed to the products in one of the production stages, that is, when the parts are dismantled from their initial lots. From this, the readings are made in the movements of these pieces from one sector to the other of the production, until arriving at the stock. Afterwards, the collections are made for inventory survey, conferences and billing of the sales sector.
Sérgio Gambim, CEO of iTAG, explains that the profitability offered by reducing losses is immediate. This is because, automatically wins with the previously lost parts. “The gain is precisely in the loss. If manufacturing deals on average with 3% to 5% of inventory losses, it must pay for this loss in some way. Reducing losses means reducing losses, “he says.
In addition, the traceability process allows the manufacturer to locate failures and gain time in inventory and shipping. “That is, it is proof that time is money,” says Gambim. (Contributed by Edson Perini / RFID Journal)