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Article | January 31, 2006
Kimberly-Clark selects Alien Gen 2 readers
The CPG has chosen the multiprotocol Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader as part of its logistics program.
Alien Technology announced in late January that Kimberly-Clark Corp. has selected the Alien® ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader as part of its logistics program to meet retail industry mandates requiring the use of RFID. K-C chose the multiprotocol Alien ALR-9800 after conducting an extensive evaluation of EPC Class 1 Gen 2 RFID readers at the company’s EPCglobal-accredited RFID research lab. It is the first end-user test lab to be certified by standards-body EPCglobal Inc. for testing RFID technology in supply chains.
“As we continue to move toward fully implementing RFID technology throughout our supply chain operations it is mission-critical that we have the right RFID hardware equipment in place to meet our needs” says Mike O’Shea Director Auto-ID Sensing Technologies of Kimberly-Clark. “We chose the Alien ALR-9800 for its exceptional read performance and scalability easy-to-manage data collection and its potential for low total cost-of-ownership.”
K-C will deploy Alien ALR-9800 Readers initially in key manufacturing and transport locations across North America. The ALR-9800’s will be located on conveyors and stretch-wrappers to automatically capture data from RFID-tagged packaged products cartons and pallets thus providing up-to-the-second information on the movement of products through the supply chain that can be leveraged by the company and its retail customers.
Introduced in August 2005 and certified Gen 2-compliant in September 2005 the Alien ALR-9800 is the first RFID reader based on the Alien Enterprise RFID Platform and designed specifically for compliance with the EPC Class 1 Gen 2 specification. The ALR-9800 offers enterprise-scalable architecture enhanced read capability across EPC multiple protocols and dense reader management.
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