The 16th edition of the leading event in Logistics, Foreign Trade and Cargo: Logistics World, which brings together the community of Mexico and Central America. It is the event where the industry meets to do business, train, find suppliers and network.
MobiZcan team was present to monitor market trends and network with end customers and partners throughout Latin America
A world leader in steel production and one of the largest in mining, the ArcelorMittal Group has customers in 160 countries and has more than 190,000 employees. In its 11 research centers, around 1,300 researchers develop more efficient products and processes aimed at generating value for customers and ensuring future growth.
ArcelorMittal Brasil operates in the production of steel in the country, with an installed capacity of over 12.5 million tons/year. With industrial plants in six states, it employs around 16 thousand people. It produces high quality long and flat steel for the automotive, home appliance, packaging, civil construction and shipbuilding industries. It is also active in mining, power generation, production of renewable bioreducer and information technology. Its extensive distribution and service network meets the demands of domestic and international markets.
Through creative environments that relate to the ecosystem, ArcelorMittal encourages and supports the development of innovative ideas aimed at improving the internal processes of products and services, and also aimed at contributing to global efforts to face the global challenges of humanity.
The industrial business unit ArcelorMittal Brasil Longos, based in Juiz de Fora – MG, leads an innovative Industrial Logistics Master Plan program called Intelligent Logistics, comprising a series of projects. This plan was conceived in 2018. In 2019 it was already possible to carry out the first proofs of concept and, even during the entire period of the pandemic (2020/2021) it remained active and strong in its objectives of producing results and delivering the first technological solutions that operate In real time.
In 2021, the project is already showing its fruits, reaching its maturity with the Rollout actions in the Industrial plants. The creator and Project Leader, Wanderson Guedes Terror, Project Specialist & IT and TA Solutions – ArcelorMittal presents the first Technological Innovation packages:
R&D Research and Development
RFID Tags, RFID Collector, Automation of Forklifts and Overhead Cranes. IT and AT Infrastructure. Application Infrastructure on the shop floor with middleware, MES, SAP. Solutions operating integrated and in real time. Network Infrastructure in the ArcelorMittal Information Security standard and compliance.
RFID Portal Automatic Collection of Production and Laminated Products
Portal RFID Coletando automaticamente produção de laminados via Portal lendo etiquetas e Tags RFID nos produtos. Aplicações integradas no MES e SAP
RFID mobile collector
RFID Mobile Collector – Operates with SAP with the functions of moving, auditing, receiving, consulting, shipping laminated products
RFID Overhead Cranes
Rolling Bridges – Integrated automation solution operating in the movement and dispatch of products
Forklifts – Integrated automation solution operating in the movement and dispatch of products
RFID Anti-Fraud Portal
Antifraud Portal – Automatic checking of shipped and shipped products
RFID Portal Automatic Receipt and Handling of Road Products
RFID Portal – Collection of product information in road transport updating intercompany stock automatically.
AMS – ArcelorMittal Sistemas was the company responsible for the development and coordination of the entire project. It was supported by the selected companies:
– PCX Tecnologia – provide and support the approval of RFID equipment;
– Automaway – implement automation project requirements and solutions (portals, collectors, forklifts, overhead cranes), Middleware application and MES interfaces;
– Itapem – Engineering projects and technical documentation of all solutions (Word and CAD).
PCX Tecnologia Companies and Automaway are participants in the IMPINJ Channels program.
With this multidisciplinary team, the results can be seen in the table below:
Industry 4.0: TEC1
Automation of Industrial processes, equipment and devices. Industry 4.0
Cost reduction, productivity, assertiveness, safety and competitiveness. Application of RAIN RFID tags and tags
RFID Portal: TEC2
RFID Portal with Speedway R420 Impinj Readers. Industrial process automation in automatic collection
Reception of products in the 100% automated logistics stock. Factory floor FTE withdrawal. Assertiveness of logistical stocks. Update of constant stocks and in real time. Safety, productivity and automatic product traceability. Application of the fixed reader RAIN RFID Speedway R420 Impinj.
RFID Mobile Collector: TEC3
RFID mobile collector for contingency in QRCode / Barcode options and RFID manual operations.
Productivity and automatic product traceability. Application of the RAIN RFID mobile collector operating SAP with the functions of moving, auditing, receiving, consulting and dispatching laminate production
RFID Overhead Cranes: TEC4
Moving Rolled Products automatically updating inventories and dispatching products via overhead cranes with RAIN RFID Speedway R420 Impinj readers.
Productivity and agility in logistics operations. TPV reduction by 50%. Stock reliability and security by eliminating operator traffic on the shop floor. Rolling Bridges – Integrated automation solution operating in the movement and dispatch of products. Application of the fixed reader RAIN RFID Reader Speedway R420 Impinj with integrations by external GPIO. Initial solution with R420 and in 2022 being expanded and updated to other units with R700 Impinj readers.
RFID Forklifts: TEC5
Moving rolled products automatically updating inventories and shipping products via forklifts with RAIN RFID Speedway R420 Impinj readers.
Productivity and agility in logistics operations. TPV reduction by 50%. Stock reliability and security by eliminating operator traffic on the shop floor. Quality. Operators work in climate-controlled cabins. Forklifts – Integrated automation solution operating in the movement and dispatch of products. Application of RAIN RFID Speedway R420 Impinj fixed reader with external GPIO integrations. Initial solution with R420 and in 2022 being expanded and updated to other units with R700 Impinj readers.
Anti-Fraud Portal: TEC6
Automatic anti-fraud solution with RAIN RFID portal readers RAIN RFID Speedway R420 Impinj.
Safety in the process and end of deviations due to fraud – Automatic checking of products shipped according to shipment order.
Portal RFID Recebimento: TEC7
Receipt of Inputs (laminated products) automatically through an RFID portal to automatic receipt of road products
Reception of products in stock 100% automatic. Factory floor FTE withdrawal. Reliability of logistical stock. Safety and Productivity. Collection and receipt of rolled products in road transport via RFID portal. Updating of logistics stock automatically, with intercompany transfers.
The choice and use of world-class products and industrial robustness was crucial to the success of the Project. IMPINJ products were exclusive for RFID solutions and products from other companies for other requirements. According to Terror, these are Projects to serve the Industry with solutions to operate in a strategic, critical mission, in a hostile environment that requires high availability.
IMPINJ was the main partner in the project, supporting the channels through its product engineering team.
The Intelligent Logistics project: ArcelorMittal Brasil Longos continues to grow. In addition to the expansions planned for 2022 in new business units with the technological update with the Impinj R700 reader, new challenges are being proposed. The objective is to always use the application of the Industry 4.0 concept with RAIN RFID.
First global program for post cargo tracking with RAIN RFID technology, Correios project in Brazil advances to the delivery stage of the first batches of labels
As is the public knowledge of this project of Correios in Brazil, what happens together with the UPU, follow the global RFID standardization of GS1 and already has most of the systems in operation. Understand the process:
The selection of the label supplier followed all the project criteria and through a public notice the winner of the delivery of the first batches has been reached. The company Inovacode, Impinj channel, is supplying the first batches of labels for the project, in partnership with the inlay provider Beontag.
There was a need to adopt the most used standard on the market and that presented better benefits. Standardization allows customers to obtain gains in their processes, since any company will be able to use the tags used by Correios to track its supply chains. The standard adopted for this use case is the SSCC, (Serial Shipping Container Code) (GS1-128): key identifier of a logistical unit to combine commercial elements packaged together for storage and/or transport purposes, such as boxes and pallets.
These first labels that will initially be used directly by Correios for orders, with RFID technology incorporated passed the quality process of technical inlay performance standards for use in logistics or postal processes, several field trials were carried out, involving the wide range of types of cargo that are processed daily by Correios.
The installation steps of the readers of this project, at the entrance and exit gates of the main sorting units and distribution centers of Correios throughout the country is well advanced and many of them are in operation.
Production RAIN RFID Labels
See the details of the production process, quality control and shipping of batches of labels:
Inovacode’s CEO , Guilherme Carrapatoso
The CEO of Inovacode, Guilherme Carrapatoso comments that the product approved for this first batch was: “Inovacode INLAY E702 70×14 – M730”.
The product was supported by strategic partners such as BEONTAG, provider of the inlay, aTag, provider of the label personalization solution, SATO with RFID printers, as well as IMPINJ, provider of the M730 CHIP.
The labels are being delivered printed and engraved in the established standard SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code).
“In this initial batch, 7 million tags were printed in a few weeks, produced in our own facilities. To achieve this goal in record time, we worked in 3 shifts. This is just the first batch of 30 million tags planned for upcoming purchases. This project has the potential to move an entire ecosystem associated with Correios with volumes of around 500 million labels”, comments Carrapatoso.
Inovacode partners in the project:
The solution, therefore, will be integrated into the current Correios system, OTS (Object Tracking System), developed for the use of bar code technology, by means of reading – manual or in automated sorting equipment – of tracking labels that are affixed to the packages, such as Sedex labels. To this end, RAIN RFID tags will be printed and engraved in the established standard, SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code). The system, centralized in Brasília, has information sent to the UPU cloud, in Switzerland, bringing great gains to the entire traceability process at Correios and, consequently, to the national market.
Learn a little more about Inovacode, a Brasilian company that has been working with RFID technology since 2004, with thousands of customers in the area (in Portuguese):
The SLS RFID smartPALLET is smart, easy and cost-effective! Perform full asset inventory, including location, in your warehouse, distribution center, storage facility or truck yard in hours, or less, instead of days.
Once reliability,consistency of operation, expandability, maintainence and process interruption costs are factoredin, SLS portals often offer the lowest overall cost.
No installation, all self-contained (reader, Wave® antennas, battery, cabling, wireless)
Can be used by numerous forklifts and/or pallet jacks – “one-to-many”
No need to handle items to read tags
Roam to read
Read floor / location RFID tags and/or use GPS, indoor beacons, etc. for location
Rugged – can be used indoor or outdoor
Long battery charge life and rapid re-charge
WiFi and cellular connectivity (via the tablet)
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