RFIDdirect’s MD to Speak at EMPAC, Dortmund, Prestigious Packaging Exhibition 24-25 January 2018
With 6000 potential visitors and exhibitors, Frits van Calker, Managing Director of RFIDdirect, is delighted to provide one of the keynote presentations for the Innovation stage – bringing his diverse and well qualified expertise – on RFID Technology – to the large and competitive packaging industry, not only establishing the company’s hub in Kleve, North Rhine-Westphalia, but also, putting North Wales well and truly on the map.
The EMPAC, Dortmund, 2018 –Trade fair for innovations in packaging technology – is the region’s top trade show to exhibit to international trade visitors and sector decision makers. It provides an overview of latest technical solutions, products, trends and current discourse about processes and logistics of the packaging industry. Additionally, the EMPACK 2018 exhibits the latest products, machines, technological solutions and services for the sales regions of North-Rhine Westphalia, North Germany and BeNeLux.
Industry 4.0, Developing Your Business Case: The Future can be RFID-Smart
Keynote presentation by Frits van Calker, ing. MBA, RFIDdirect
- What is the definition of Industry 4.0?
- In logistics processes, more and more automatic data exchange between systems is taking place. But, when is this beneficial?
- Which arguments are useful for your business case?
- What do you have to be aware of?
The focus of Frits van Calker’s presentation aims to challenge leading global brand producers, retailers and packaging converters to find ways of improving efficiency, cutting costs, and increasing capabilities in their supply chain. The current topic of Industry 4.0 is a dialogue that many leaders want to be part of – there is no doubt that the challenge of meeting and joining a new industrial revolution is already here. Frits, however, seeks to inform attendees in a more cognisant and practically dedicated way; he truly believes and predicts that: “RFID technology seems to be on the threshold of a new boom. “RFID systems can make a major contribution to the realisation of Industry 4.0 by acting as the eyes and ears of IT,” says Markus Weinländer (head of product management at Siemens Process Industry and Drives).
RFID Technology is the Smart Solution to Industry 4.0
Linked to IoT, the term industry 4.0 describes the change in manufacturing operations based on sharing real-time data between products and processes.
Radio Frequency Identification is the technology of transponders and reading/ scanning devices within RFID systems communicating together via radio waves. RFID latest systems, for example, operate in the ultra-high frequency band (UHF) and have a read-range of several meters, with potentially much larger and more effective storage capacity able to offer a wider variety of data for truly creative data management solutions for lifecycle management, logistics and predictive maintenance. Smart connectivity via mobile platforms and greatly reduced production costs (even for bespoke tags/applications) is driving the visualisation of industry 4.0 transformations – the business case for implementation of RFID technology is therefore conclusive
Future Packaging Can Be RFID-Smart
Packaging is changing in a fast and furious market with changing rationales regarding future strategies – such as sustainability; not just concentrating on environmentally friendly and re-cyclable but: waste prevention, reduction and reusable products – with a vital commitment to forming societal habit change. Additionally, ever more high-end, creative and dynamic products will require bespoke packaging solutions equal to them. The next generation of package designers and manufacturers will be given a global competitive advantage if they can adapt to customised products and fast-time to market. It must be concluded, therefore, that packaging will become more high-tech, establishing the possibility of a mutual relationship between the packaging industry and companies.
RFIDdirect specialise in providing RFID & NFC solutions that offer improved production efficiency and Smarter connectivity – as the IOT drives forward the actualisation of production, process, logistics and the ‘everyday’ linked with actual household goods and waste – offering a concrete and practical result of the Industry 4.0 revolution.