Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) has been a boon to the logistics industry. From Walmart to the U.S. Department of Defense, RFID is quickly becoming an integral part of the distribution and tracking process in materials handling operations.
Until now, mounting RFID readers in roller conveyor
systems was complicated. Metal rollers interfere with transponder
signals and often have to be removed. Mounting the
antennas within the conveyor bed requires custom brackets
Enter the SmartRoller, a joint project developed by
Pittston, Pa.-based WEPCO, Inc. and RFID Inc. of Colorado.
The SmartRoller neatly resolves most of the RFID challenges
by placing the antenna inside a hollow roller that fits into an
existing conveyor system.