RFID provides a leap-ahead advantage

June 26, 2020

RFID provides a leap-ahead advantage

RFID solution is helping DePuy Orthopaedics to streamline inventory processing.

US-based DePuy Orthopaedics, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, is a leading provider of orthopaedic implants to preeminent surgeons worldwide.

Every day, DePuy Orthopaedics gets hundreds of calls from hospitals and clinics requesting same-day shipment. In addition, every day hundreds of loaned inventory sets return, requiring rapid replenishment and reshipment.

DePuy Orthopaedics used an end-to-end RFID solution which employs DogBone™ UHF tags from Smartrac.

Instead of scanning boxed items individually, workers now replenish Express Care sets and load completed sets onto a conveyor belt in an RFID-scanned tunnel.

Boxed items and completed sets are RFID-tagged, making it easy to verify orders prior to shipment.

Processing time for each set was reduced from between 10 and 30 minutes to less than one minute, thanks to RFID.

Smartrac solution gives DePuy Orthopaedics reliability and scalability under challenging conditions.

RFID is allowing DePuy to get a jump on inventory management, improving its efficiency and customer service and monitor expiration dates for sterile products.

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