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The Intelligent and Efficient RFID Castor

Manner Castors is known as a producer of high-quality, innovative castor worldwide. Now the range of renowned innovative castors is complemented with intelligent RFID castors. One of the most remarkable benefits of this innovative solution can be experienced as better controllability of equipment, products, and maintenance, which in practice means clear time and cost savings. Thanks to a reliable tracking and control system, visibility is improved and warehouse management is facilitated: equipment availability is better and warehouse area can be fully utilized. Installation is implemented at a relatively low cost, and the payback time is short.

Trolleys and equipment under control
A functioning solution for installing an RFID tag into equipment to keep track on their whereabouts has been searched in several fields of industry for a long time.
Reliable data transfer and protected location of the tag have been the biggest challenges in the development.
“The innovation that resulted from the work enables us to provide customers with higher and better value”, says marketing director Jukka Manner of Manner.
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) refers to a wireless data transfer system, in which mobile or fixed readers are used to recognise a tag via radio frequency. In the Manner RFID castors solution, a passive RFID UHF (Ultra High Frequency) tag is embedded in a standard Manner wheel.

A durable, reliable solution The RFID wheel can be fitted in both plastic and metal roll containers, as well as carts, and medical equipment, providing equally good readability in all of them. A tag that is embedded in the wheel ensures readability also in stacked and folded roll containers. The tag can be fitted also in existing equipment by simply replacing one wheel. Thanks to embedding, the solution functions perfectly also in a wet environment and is protected from mechanical impacts.

In addition, there is no need to fit a tag into roll containers or other wheeled equipment. It remains intact also in situations, in which the roll containers are subjected to shocks. The RFID tag can be read at a distance of over 5 meters, and it utilises the latest information technology.

Designed for a wide range of applications
The RFID wheel was developed for operations, in which tracking of roll container movements and whereabouts, as well as their contents is important. Combined with a monitoring and tracking system, the RFID wheel can be utilized in a multitude of applications, such as logistics centres, retail business, postal services, dairy industry, and hospitals.

For further information, please contact:
Jukka Manner, Marketing Director
P.O.Box 3, 10901 Hanko, FINLAND
Tel. +358-19-222 001; Mobile +358-50-596 5951