Agron partnered with MSA Systems to deploy the infrastructure for item-level tagging and other warehouse automation. The manufacturing company implemented MSA's QStock Inventory Software to control inventory and manage the serial numbers associated with each RFID-tagged item.
For printing, MSA pointed Agron to the Zebra R110Xi4 RFID printer/encoder to meet the company's needs for high performance and reliability. "From many other implementations, Zebra's track record gave us high confidence in its performance and durability," said Majid Jalalian, president of MSA Systems.
With RFID inlays spaced closer together than other printers, the R110Xi4 provides a lower cost per label, fewer media-roll changes and fast throughput. As the printer prints the human readable text and barcode on the face of the label, it also encodes the RFID inlay embedded in the label, providing an integrated solution with built-in error handling.
MSA Systems assisted with setup, configuration, label formatting and training on the R110Xi4 printer/encoders. A number of built-in features save MSA and Agron time in initial configuration and when making any changes. In fact, the printers were up and running in one afternoon.
To ensure that tags are encoded accurately, the printer/encoder technology checks that the blank tag is valid, encodes the tag and then validates that the encoded tag is readable—giving Agron and its customer peace of mind that tags are scannable. Additionally, Zebra's patent-pending Adaptive Encoding Technology enables smart inlay detection and calibration, saving time in positioning new labels.