Here’s why you won’t want to miss the RFID in the Food Chain track at this year’s RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition.
April 3, 2023
RFID Journal LIVE! 2023 will feature end-user companies discussing RFID’s use in various industries, as well as exhibitors offering tagging solutions for multiple applications. To learn more, visit the event’s website.
RFID Journal LIVE! 2023 is six weeks away, and this year’s event will feature one of the strongest speaker lineups in years (see Registration Now Open for LIVE! 2023). From sensors that measure and report on soil conditions to unique identifiers of harvests and meat products, radio frequency identification (RFID) and other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have the potential to dramatically improve the way we produce, ship and store food products. This track will focus on case studies by companies across the food chain that are using such solutions to reduce costs, improve safety and enhance efficiencies. Here’s what you can discover by attending the RFID in the Food Chain track. (Click here to view the full conference track.)
Tosca Implements RFID-based Traceability for Reusable Containers
Tosca, a provider of reusable container solutions for the food industry, is using an innovative traceability solution that gives full visibility of its global pool of reusable pallets and containers. The company is among the leading providers of reusable plastic containers and plastic pallets, and it sought to achieve full supply chain visibility. Learn how Tosca is using the technology to reduce the waste caused by asset loss, theft and damage, and how it is repairing damaged assets and returning them to the pool more quickly. Gain an understanding of how the company is driving asset-management optimization, resulting in increased rotations and avoiding shortages or overstocks at critical locations.
Speakers: Kevin Boone, Project Manager for Traceability, Tosca; Raf Fonteyn, Technology Director for Europe, Tosca
GS1 US Provides RFID Guidelines for Food Services
GS1’s new Tag Data Standard (TDS) 2.0 is zeroing in on perishable goods, such as those in the food and restaurant industries. TDS 2.0, an update to the organization’s data-encoding standard for Electronic Product Codes, provides a standard approach to encoding data on EPC tags to include a product’s batch, lot number, and expiration or best-by date. The organization conducted a proof-of-concept with one of the largest diversified suppliers to the food-service industry. The research team tagged cases with RFID tags encoded according to the TDS 2.0 standard. Once the tags were applied, employees used a handheld device to search for items, based on batch numbers or expiration dates, then found them in coolers via the reader’s Geiger counter mode. Learn how the new standard could provide benefits to multiple industries, including the pharmaceutical sector.
Speaker: Jonathan Gregory, Director of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US
Using Standards for Identification and Data Capture
There are many solutions in place that enable companies to achieve end-to-end traceability. These include a range of technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, machine learning, cloud-based services and distributed ledgers (such as blockchain), all of which can improve supply chain reporting and insights. However, these technologies are inoperable if the data is not standardized, normalized and harmonized. This panel discussion will provide an overview of why standards matter, including connecting the physical to the digital using globally unique identifiers contained in a data carrier (2D barcodes, RFID, NFC, etc.). The unique identification of products and locations, as well as the standardized exchange of data about those products, enables companies to be prepared for quick and precise recalls.
Speakers: Ashley Barey, Director of Strategic Development, Temptime, Zebra Technologies; Lucelena Angarita, Director for Food Supply Chain Optimization, GS1 US; Patti Blessing, Director of Sales for North America, Mojix