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Field Application Engineer – Gothenburg, Sweden

Author admin Written 17.5.2017 in category Blog posts,Careers,Vilant News

We are looking for a

Field Application Engineer – RFID Systems

for our office in Gothenburg, Sweden

Would you like to work in an international, growth oriented company with pioneering attitude? Do you have IT skills with a customer service mindset? Do you like learning new things fast? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a successful career may be waiting for you at our Engineering team.

As a Field Application Engineer you will work in a team responsible for RFID system deliveries and technical support for our customers. You are a key resource in the implementation of the RFID solutions, including both hardware and software components, and perform hands-on tests to validate customer proof-of-concept setups. Tasks also include software/system testing and installations/maintenance visits onsite to customer locations.

We have multiple openings and can cater positions for juniors and seniors – what matters is the right attitude.

The position is full time.

Your qualification / the position requires

  • Business Swedish and business English (German, French and other European languages are considered an advantage)
  • A background in electrical engineering, automation, IT, or experimental physics
  • Capability for documentation, user manuals and end customer trainings
  • Problem solving skills and willingness to learn new things
  • Basic networking skills (LAN, WLAN)
  • Ability and willingness to travel and a high level of autonomy in working
  • Driver’s license
  • Interest in in-house and field testing (factory & site acceptance testing)
  • Hands-on attitude & interest in gadgets

Additionally we value knowledge in some of our specialist areas

  • Ultra-High frequency technology, especially RFID technology
  • Other RFID- or auto ID technologies
  • IT networks, databases and client-server software environments
  • Embedded software and embedded Linux/Unix systems
  • Electrical engineering, sensors, IoT
  • Programming skills, e.g. C/C++, python

What we offer

  • Experience in exciting and international projects
  • Relaxed atmosphere of a small but international company
  • Dynamic team in Gothenburg with support of whole Vilant personnel in all countries
  • A position in which you see what you have created and can be proud of it
  • Enough challenges and responsibilities to match your skills and capabilities
  • Good opportunities for personal and career development as the company keeps growing
  • Competitive compensation
  • Flexible working hours

Please send your application, salary request and CV, or any questions you might have, to careers@vilant.com. Interviews will be held continuously so please register your application as soon as possible.


SBB Cargo Provides Automated Alerts of Freight Car Movements Via RFID

Author Tamara Written 3.2.2017 in category Blog posts,Vilant News


The Swiss rail company is deploying a passive UHF system from Vilant to track the movements of thousands of freight cars as they arrive at and leave rail stations and shunting yards.


By Claire Swedberg – Dec 26, 2016 for RFID Journal.com


If you like to read the full article, please go to http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?15361


Intralogistics automation of tissue paper manufacturing with RFID – WEPA

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Uncategorized

WEPA is a German family owned manufacturer of hygiene papers founded in 1948. With a turnover of approximately 1 billion € and 19 paper machines in Europe it is one of the three leading hygiene paper product manufacturers in Europe. Thanks to consistent expansion and investments amounting to millions of Euros, all WEPA locations are state-of-the-art and produce contemporary hygiene paper products for the most varied consumer requirements.

On its site in Mainz WEPA decided to automate the intralogistics process of mother reels with automated guided vehicles (AGV) from Elettric80 Spa, which are managing a floor warehouse. Mother reels produced by the paper machine are transported and stored into the warehouse by AGV. The converting process where mother reels are processed into to end products is as well supplied with mother reels by AGVs. Since there are no persons involved in the intralogistics process the reliable and automated identification of the mother reels is crucial. Reels must be identifiable reliably from any direction by the AGV system and the converting machines for logistics automation and production traceability.

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RFID based vendor-managed inventory (VMI) for paper cores – Sonoco Alcore Case

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

Sonoco Alcore is part of Sonoco, a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and supply chain services. Sonoco Alcore is the acknowledged leader in high-quality, innovative, value-creating tube and core solutions.
Sonoco Alcore delivers tube and core solutions and services to our customers in the paper, film, man-made fiber yarn, metal and construction industries.


Sonoco Alcore delivers cores to paper manufacturers, where production processes run continuously day and night. Due to end product variations, core consumption of a certain type is not constant. The end customer needs to monitor the core warehouse levels of different core types and trigger replenishment orders manually. Usually this is done by office staff, who are not on duty on production night shift and week-ends. This leads to overstocking for safety, or in the worst case out of stock if the manual process has been neglected. If no cores are on stock no paper can be produced, which means very high line stoppage costs at paper producers.

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Automated loading verification with RFID at the Nässjö Distribution Center – JYSK Sweden Case

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

JYSK is a global retail chain that is a leader on the European market in all articles for the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, the window and the patio.

JYSK is owned by Lars Larsen, who opened his first store in Aarhus, Denmark back in 1979. Since then, JYSK has grown to become a global concern known as JYSK Group. Today, JYSK Group has over 2,300 stores and 20,000 employees in 43 countries and an annual turnover of EUR 2.9 billion. In Germany and Austria, the name is Dänisches Bettenlager.

JYSK opened its first store in Sweden in 1991 and Nässjö Distribution Center in 2000.


JYSK delivers goods like mattresses, chairs and tables from its Nässjö Distribution Center to Scandinavia on various sized pallets. External truck drivers load pallets to their trucks. A barcode from each pallet is scanned manually before loading it to update its status in the warehouse management system (WMS). Scanning barcodes and avoiding loading errors are a time consuming task for JYSK. JYSK started a project to expand the Nässjö Distribution Center by building a new automated warehouse and decided to automate shipping verification at the same time.

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Traceability in food industry recycling and fertilizers – Case Honkajoki

Author Sanna Written 15.12.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

Honkajoki Oy

Honkajoki Oy operates a recycling facility that processes most of the animal-based raw materials in Finland. Their highly refined and carefully regulated production processes animal carcasses and waste material from slaughter houses back to fertilizers and animal feed products. The facility also produces raw material for energy production. Honkajoki Oy transports also this animal-based raw materials from slaughter houses to the recycling facility with its own equipment consisting of trucks and special metal containers designated to this purpose


New regulations set by the EU are creating more requirements for the traceability of the origin and processing chain of animal-based raw material delivered to slaughter houses or directly from farms to the Honkajoki facility. Honkajoki should be able to show afterwards from which production line and collection point i n a slaughter house, or from which farms or area storage, each transported container was picked up. The waste from different production lines and other types of raw material needs to be processed also in different ways and processing lines in the Honkajoki facility. Also, the system provides information about arriving waste types and transportation schedules so that the production and logistics processes of the facility can be planned more accurately and in an optimal way.

As a separate system, inside the facility there was also a need to be able to track the movements and inventories of plastic big bags containing animal feed products.

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Tyre manufacturing traceability – Case Nokian Tyres

Author Sanna Written 14.12.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News


Nokian Tyres – Production Tracking and Error Prevention

The Nokian Passenger Car Tyres unit develops, manufactures, and markets summer and winter tyres for passenger cars and delivery trucks as well as SUVs. The key products are studded and non-studded winter tyres and SUV tyres. These are the fastest growing product segments in the tyre industry.


Tyre manufacturing is a complex process where raw materials such as rubber, carbon black and chemicals produce numerous specialized components that are assembled and cured.

Traceability of various parts is an important quality function for Nokian Tyres. Traceability requires to know the history of each tyre and the components it is built from. Traditionally tracking processes have been manual which causes more errors, inaccuracy and slowness. Continue reading…



New support portal

Author Sanna Written 19.5.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

We are providing 24/7 round the clock support to thousands of RFID readers and supporting business critical systems in more than 30 countries. To improve the management and visibility of all the service requests, upgrades, consumables orders and general business as usual for maintained systems, we decided to launch a service portal. Advantages of the portal:

  • SLA’s can be monitored and reported
  • automatic ticket creation
  • tracking via www-page and e-mail
  • status monitoring

The system is based on the well renowned Zendesk platform and has been launched 18.5.2015. For any questions about the support portal please send us a an e-mail to support@vilant.com, and you will receive a ticket and are already part of the new system and experience it first hand!

RFID forklifts on the fast track

Author Sanna Written 19.5.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News


We mounted the first RFID readers on forklifts probably more than 10 years ago, not knowing how much of a boom this approach will put on the RFID process landscape. The basic logic is clear: if you are loading items in your yard, an RFID gate is in most cases not usable. Also, in many cases customers tend to have less forklifts than they have in- or outbound dock doors making the investment into forklifts more cost efficient.

However a few things have stood in the way. Old RFID chip generations with meager sensitivity did not always allow for flawless identification of the objects loaded on the forklift. On the other hand, RFID readers and software lacked features of distinction of what is on the forklift and what is not. Without algorithms it is not possible to know what the forklift is carrying and what is just standing around.

The approach of floor tags has also opened a world of possibilities. This means, that a forklift can not only identify tagged objects on its forks, it can also read its position by reading RFID tags embedded into the floor. In such way loading docks, warehouse areas or floor storage locations can be automatically idenfified and connected to the moved object. We have even implemented systems where floor tags are the main RFID component and the objects as such are identified with traditional barcode.

For us in terms of new application areas the forklift solution space is growing fast because it just makes sense. With the latest chip generations and reader functionalities it has also reached maturity. Still, it is not the solution for everything. But the RFID forklift has definitely come to stay!

Vilant opened an office in Frankfurt, Germany

Author Sanna Written 19.5.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News


Time flies, and even though it almost feels like yesterday, Vilant Sweden opened 5 years ago and Vilant Switzerland 4 years ago. Due to our continuous RFID business growth of more than 30% per year in Switzerland, with a large portion of new accounts in Germany, it was time to set up business in Germany. We chose Frankfurt for its location and accessibility, as well as its proximity to Benelux. We kicked off our operations in a serviced business center in the much vilantesque (=industrial) Hanauer Landstrasse east of the city center.

Vilant Germanyfrankfurt_resized
Hanauer Landstraße 204
60314 Frankfurt
DeutschlandTel: +49 69 8700 39 125
Email: info-germany@vilant.com


Antti Virkkunen expands responsibilities from Country Manager, Switzerland to     Managing Director Central Europe, being responsible for our operations in Switzerland and Germany. Antti would like to thank our partners with whom we have enjoyed excellent co-operation in the markets and of course all our dear customers who make this possible!