Health product manufacturer to use Alien's radio frequency identification technology for supply chain visibility
Morgan Hill, CA — January 26, 2006 — Health and hygiene brand manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp. has selected the Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID (radio frequency identification) Reader as part of its logistics program to comply with retail industry mandates requiring the use of RFID technology in the supply chain.
Kimberly-Clark, which makes such brands as Kleenex, Scott and Huggies, chose the multi-protocol Alien ALR-9800 after conducting an extensive evaluation of EPC Class 1 Gen2 RFID readers at the company's EPCglobal-accredited RFID research lab, which is 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, said 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.
Kimberly-Clark 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 information on the movement of products through the supply chain that can be used by the company and its retail customers.
Kimberly-Clark is well-known for its commitment to innovation and technology and for partnering with its retailers to enhance their mutual operations, said Keith McDonald, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Alien Technology. Hence we are extremely pleased that the ALR-9800 Enterprise Reader has been singled out by Kimberly-Clark for use in its own facilities, particularly after such a thorough and rigorous competitive evaluation under real-world conditions in an EPCglobal-accredited lab.
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