Traceability challenges and solutions explored in new whitepaper from SATO


Heidelberg, 07th June, 2017  SATO, a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, has published a new whitepaper that examines the role of traceability as the key to competitiveness in an increasingly digital world.

Author Richard Scott says: “Whether you are involved in manufacturing and logistics, automotive and aerospace, retail or healthcare, the pressure to be as efficient and profitable as possible while delivering products and services of the highest quality is the same.

“This drive towards optimisation is revolutionising the role that labels and printers play, particularly in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the evolution of ‘smart’ tools. We felt this was worthy of further exploration, particularly in light of the latest developments in labelling and printing technology.”

Entitled Traceability in a digital world: using intelligent printing to increase security through the supply chain, SATO’s latest whitepaper explores why passivity is simply no longer acceptable in a digital world and looks at how every component – and printers in particular – must add value to the supply chain.  Application-Enabled Printing (AEP), in which intelligence is placed within the printer itself, is explained in detail, together with the benefits it can deliver.

“Giving the printer an identity within a larger communications system and enabling it to not only receive information but also relay information to other objects has major benefits for traceability,” says Richard. “The resulting improvements in data accuracy will in turn help to deliver greater supply chain security.”

The whitepaper also contains information about SATO’s involvement in the first clinical study of ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID tags in Japan and looks at developments in track and trace labelling, from simple barcodes through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to Near Field Communications (NFC).

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