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SpotSee RFID tag monitors impact damage

Steve Rogerson
December 3, 2019



Texas-based IoT supply chain damage monitoring firm SpotSee has launched a device that combines impact-damage monitoring with RFID technology.
 
The ShockWatch RFID impact indicator is designed to track damage through the supply chain and identify affected inventory in industries such as automotive, medical devices and equipment, and aerospace.
 
“RFID technology has already helped companies reduce inventory management costs by seamlessly automating asset identification,” said Angela Kerr, vice president at SpotSee. “ShockWatch RFID combines the benefits of traditional RFID inventory management with impact-damage monitoring, allowing users to leverage existing RFID infrastructure to identify and reduce the sources of damage in their supply chain.”
 
The indicator delivers the benefits of a damage-monitoring programme while also providing an electronic record of information in the user’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, warehouse management system or directly into the SpotSee Cloud. By gathering data throughout the supply chain, it helps users quickly identify where damage is occurring, allowing them to isolate damaged inventory for further inspection and determine where the root cause is in the supply chain.
 
Understanding what, where and why damage took place, users can make informed decisions to deter mishandling, reduce the cost of damage and refine processes to reduce supply chain disruptions.
 
Each unit is fitted with an NXP UCode G2iM+ passive RFID chip that can be scanned with any standard UHF RFID reader. With these indicators in place, the need for visual inspections during the receiving process is reduced to exceptions only. Once a ShockWatch RFID indicator passes by the RFID reader, within milliseconds the indicator communicates that a damaging impact has occurred or if products can be moved into saleable inventory.
 
The impact indicators are low-cost, consumable, single-use devices that are tamperproof, field-armable and triggered when a damaging impact beyond a specific g-force threshold occurs. Once the threshold is exceeded, the device has both a visual indication, turning the indicator red, and an electronic indication, communicating that damage has occurred when scanned with a reader.
 
SpotSee is an end-to-end IoT provider that helps users spot damage in their operations and see it in real time. The company has a network of more than 300 sales and technical service partners in 62 countries. SpotSee is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations in Brazil, Netherlands, UK, China, Mexico and Graham, Texas.