Kimberly-Clark installed and networked four model R110Xi™ printer/encoders from Zebra Technologies to produce RFID smart labels for outbound shipments.
The Zebra printer/encoders receive print commands from RFID software from OATSystems, which is installed on the host computer system. The OATSystems software interfaces with K-C's order management and warehouse management systems to collect and format the information needed to produce shipping labels for each individual customer order. The data is sent over the network to one of the Zebra printer/encoders, which output labels that include information in text, barcode and RFID formats, according to individual customer needs. The R110Xi automatically checks to ensure each RFID smart label is properly encoded before releasing the finished label for application. Once the Zebra printer/encoder outputs properly encoded smart shipping labels, Kimberly-Clark workers apply the label by hand to cases of product.
These cases are then stacked on pallets, which are verified with a portal reader before they are shrink-wrapped. The reader captures the RFID carton label data and passes it to the system software, which checks the pallet against the order before clearing it for shipment.