Management of Containers by RFID
In 2013, SPIE DEN subsidiary of SPIE Nuclear launches a project for the setting up of a container management solution using RFID to facilitate picking and warehousing, improve and optimize the traceability of regulatory inspections.
Automate Management and Control of Containers
The main objective of SPIE Nuclear is to “ensure the management of handling operations and the compliance of regulatory controls”, says Olivier Ventron, Field Operation Manager.
Indeed, a poor management of containers (damaged containers, indeterminate content, etc.) may have important consequences in terms of logistics. Therefore, containers should always be identified, localised and in a perfect operating condition.
However, the daily management of containers is done manually through spreadsheet files to know the movements and the location of containers, the monitoring of regulatory controls, etc. This manual update, “usually source of errors and time consuming, do not guarantee the reliability and the accuracy of the information contained in this spreadsheet”, certify Olivier Ventron.
Seeking for a management and traceability solution using RFID technology, SPIE Nuclear wants to guarantee the status of the storage area at any time : real-time inventory, automatic tracking of regulatory controls, geolocation of containers, logging movements etc.
This solution aims to ensure the traceability and the conformity of containers during daily operations.
SPIE Nuclear chose NexCap® Mobile Assets Tracking solution by Nexess, to carry out the monitoring of its containers with RFID. Nexess has an extensive experience of the traceability of sensitive material with RFID in many industries : Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, etc.
Control agents can also perform external and internal visual inspections of containers and regulatory controls related to radiation protection.
Equipped with a mobile RFID reader, they can for example, monitor the status of each container, their movements and their contents.
Information entered on the PDA allow to update automatically and instantly the material properties of each container. Moreover, in case of non-compliance (damaged containers, indeterminate content, etc.), control agents have the opportunity to take picture of damaged equipment and save it.
All data related to movements, controls, inventories and loggings are then remotely available with the NexCap® Web application.
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