Schaefer has developed state-of-the-art technology for batch tracing items like pharmaceuticals. The batch number, expiration date and article number are saved onto an RFID transponder, which is attached to the product carton when the goods are received and before they are stored. This can eliminate batch tracing problems, even with automated picking.
Before articles are replenished, an RFID transponder is attached to the first article in the carton and the respective channel is replenished. The RFID transponder is ejected onto the conveyor along with the products. An antenna in the conveyor activates the chip in the transponder, relaying information to the system about the new batch. Products, including the transponder, are emptied into a tote or carton. All totes that carry a transponder are automatically diverted to the check station. The RFID transponder is removed by the operator and the product is checked.
The delivery note states exactly how many products of one batch are consolidated in an order. The system easily adapts to existing automated systems and does not require any additional personnel.
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