By: The Working Forest Staff
SEGEZHA, Russia — The R&D team from Segezha Packaging (BU Europe, Segezha Group, «Sistema» JSFC) has recently developed an intelligent packaging solution, a paper sack with an integrated communication tag known as RFID.
The equipment required for the tag´s application has been successfully installed at Segezha Packaging’s production facility in Achern, Germany.
This unique concept, the smart paper sack, has been designed in co-operation with one of Segezha Packaging´s key customers, an important seed producer.
Following successful tests, the first mass-production of the smart paper sack is scheduled to start in September 2017. The new technology allows very fast, contactless and error-free product identification. This can be used for internal logistics optimization and external tracking processes. For enhanced intelligence there is the possibility to add a unique QR code, which can be used for anti-counterfeit purposes as well as a marketing and communications tool.
“The peculiarity of the industrial market is not to focus on keeping up with trends, but rather outperform them, – Kamil Zakirov, Segezha Group CEO commented on the new concept, – The new solutions derive from those adopted before. We are set to create the product of tomorrow, sophisticate it, following the end customer needs and finally sell not just the sack but rather customer-tailored all-round solution.”
The technology is based on radio frequency identification using a format known as RFID. RFID (radio-frequency identification) is a form of wireless communication that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag. The system is equipped with a transponder, a small computer chip with antenna that stores the EPC (Electronic Product Code). As a consequence of the safe location of RFID tag, which is located inside the sack construction it can be used in different environmental conditions
Segezha Packaging’s technical experts are confident that the process of becoming “smart” is hitting one of the most conventional industries – pulp and paper – will only scale up. After entering the 4th industrial revolution (also known as an Industry 4.0), the creation and integration of smart technologies into the production process is a key element for the company’s success.
The term “4.0 Industry” was first publicly introduced in Germany under the federal initiative to enhance the country’s competitiveness in the manufacturing industry. This project also includes the concept of the fully automated “smart factory” with the goal to produce highly individualized products “on demand.”