RFID Tags Prove Durable in Test With Reusable Produce Containers

RFID tags that are designed for single use could be used for multiple trips without any deterioration in performance if positioned correctly on reusable containers, according to an independent study conducted by the Reusable Packaging Association.

ARLINGTON, Va. — RFID tags that are designed for single use could be used for multiple trips without any deterioration in performance if positioned correctly on reusable containers, according to an independent study conducted by the Reusable Packaging Association here.

During the field trial, produce was packed in reusable plastic containers directly in the field under many different field conditions. The produce was then sent to cooling facilities where product temperatures were dropped to an optimum level to ensure freshness and transportability. Following the cooling operation, the product was loaded on trucks and other containers for shipment to Wal-Mart Stores.

“By combining RFID technology with reusable containers, industries gain the ability to better track their product and their containers as they move through the supply chain,” said Bob Klimko, chairman of the RPA board and director of marketing for Orbis.

The study, which included a field trial that lasted over a year, was supported by Wal-Mart Stores, Frontera Produce, Stemilt, Tanimura and Antle, Georgia-Pacific, IFCO Systems, Orbis, Alien Technology, Avery Dennison, Impinj, UPM Raflatac, Michigan State University School of Packaging, The Kennedy Group, California State Polytechnic University, QLM Consulting and the RPA.

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