Alien Technology (Morgan Hill, Calif) announced that Kimberly-Clark Corp. (Dallas) selected the Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader as part of its logistics program to comply with retail industry mandates requiring the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in the supply chain. Kimberly-Clark chose the multi-protocol reader after conducting an evaluation of EPC Class 1 Gen2 RFID readers at the company’s EPCglobal-accredited RFID research lab.
“As we continue to move toward fully implementing RFID technology throughout our supply chain operations, it is mission-critical that we have the right RFID hardware equipment in place to meet our needs,” said Mike O’Shea, director, auto-ID sensing technologies at Kimberly-Clark. “We chose the Alien ALR-9800 for its exceptional read performance and scalability, easy-to-manage data collection, and its potential for low total cost-of-ownership.”
Kimberly-Clark will initially deploy the RFID readers in key manufacturing and transport locations across North America. The readers will be located on conveyors and stretch-wrappers to automatically capture data from RFID-tagged packaged products, cartons and pallets, thus providing up-to-the-second information on the movement of products through the supply chain that can be leveraged by the company and its retail customers.
With brands including Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the top market share positions in more than 80 countries.
Source: Alien Technology.