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ABB Outbound

ABB is a leading power electronics and automation technology group that employs over 103 000 people in 100 countries. The ABB Drives business unit develops, manufactures and markets frequency converters.

Challenge

ABB wanted to streamline the outbound material flow with the use of “pipelines”. Challenge was to automatically track and identify packages in the truck loading.

Solution

Vilant Systems developed and supplied an SAP integrated UHF RFID system for automatic identifying of handling units loaded on trucks. Vilant RFID gate at shipping doorServer powered system controls loading of trucks for each truck separately and triggers warehouse transactions based on RFID read events, with informative displays to show loading process. RFID hardware is monitored and controlled in real-time by Vilant Device Manager, a part of the Vilant Server family. With the Vilant RFID system ABB Drives saves time and money, by freeing up warehouse space, automating warehouse transactions and decreasing the amount loading errors.

Results

  • Automatic, error free loading reports based on RFID system data
  • Streamlined loading process
  • Floor space saving due to removal of shipping consolidation area
  • EPC network compliant system
  • Investment payback 6 months due to:
    • Space savings
    • Error reductions