UPM Raflatac is supplying UHF EPC Generation 2 tags to MBA Grupo, a European healthcare distributor headquartered in Spain. MBA has implemented RFID technology to improve stock management and enable product tracking through the entire supply chain, from production in Spain to private and public hospitals in Spain, Italy and Portugal.
In the first phase of the project, a proof of concept test was carried out to ensure the feasibility of RFID technology. The results confirmed it can be used with a wide variety of materials and packaging within 48 product groups, amounting to 5,700 different references and more than 300,000 items.
MBA’s main warehouse is being equipped with two RFID reader gates to enable order and shipping control. The UPM Raflatac RFID tags will be applied to products in stock, replacing bar code labels to improve the efficiency of goods receipt and shipping with automatic reading in place for the serial numbers and expiration dates on all dispatched products.
The third phase of the implementation will cover the warehouses of MBA’s 23 subsidiaries in Spain, Italy and Portugal. By the end of this year, the hospitals it supplies will be equipped with mobile RFID readers that will enable MBA to control their product stock levels, as well as the expiration dates of sterile products.
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