Global Focus

by Array

What a difference RFID makes
Mumbai, India-based stainless-steel products manufacturer Viraj Products Ltd exports to more than 80 countries from multiple facilities. Until recently, the company tagged its bundles of profiles—some of which weighed up to half a tonne—with hand-written codes before storing them in random stacks in its warehouses. Finding the right bundles for each shipment was an inefficient and wasteful challenge.

The company recently implemented an RFID solution from Vicinity RFID Solutions with UPM Raflatac ShortDipole UHF tags and Psion Teklogix UHF handheld readers. In the first six months, it gained precise real-time location data for all steel profile bundles. It also gained the ability to perform fast and accurate retrieval, among other benefits.

Panalpina expands in Russia
Panalpina has chosen a strategic site to open its new office:

Murmansk, Russia, a city close to the borders of Norway and Finland. Murmansk is home to the world’s largest natural gas field, with reserves estimated at 3.8 trillion cubic metres of natural gas and more than 37 million tons of gas condensate.

From the new office, Panalpina will concentrate on providing forwarding and logistics services to seismic companies, drilling contractors, supply and support vessel operators, oilfield supply and service companies, engineering firms and offshore construction companies.