Beer making company increases warehouse utilization by switching from RFID-powered forklift tracking with SEWIO RTLS. The Budweiser Budvar Brewer leveraged Sewio real-time location system (RTLS) to improve warehouse utilization, decrease maintenance costs and get additional insights into their logistics operations.
The flaws of a passive RFID solution
While the company was using a passive RFID solution in order to minimize human error in operating 20,000+ pallets with hundreds of varieties of beers using forklifts equipped with an RFID antenna at their chassis and RFID tags located at each of the tracked pallet positions, many problems have occurred.
Due to the easy desynchronization or even damage to antennas, the maintenance cost grew rapidly, and the system uptime was only 80%. Budweiser Budvar decided to replace the RFID-built system with Sewio UWB RTLS for indoor tracking using Decawave chip, in order to retain the process of minimizing human errors in logistics but crucially lower the maintenance costs and increase the system uptime.
The benefits of UWB RTLS
The newly acquired insights such as daily attendance, distance traveled and utilization of each forklift, together with heatmaps and spaghetti diagrams, have allowed logistics managers in Budweiser to better utilize the current warehouse, virtually growing it by 19%. With the newly implemented system, the reliability of the system itself has resulted in 99% of system uptime.
Head of Logistics at Budweiser Budvar, Pavel Pánek, confirmed that the benefits of UWB are in comparing it with RFID. “While the initial cost for RFID versus UWB is almost identical, UWB undoubtedly outperforms RFID thanks to lower maintenance costs, lower risk of damage and higher accessibility and scalability of the system”.
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CEO of Sewio Networks, Milan Šimek, explained why UWB is the proper technology to use. “In many uses cases, we see RFID and UWB RTLS complement each other well when integrated into a single solution. If our customer needs precise true location data provided by a scalable system with a low maintenance cost, UWB is then the right first and only technology to choose”.
Vice president Marketing at Decawave, Mickael Viot, agreed with their company’s partner. “At Decawave our goal is to make micro-location technology available to the masses by providing chips with state of the art performance at an affordable price. We are delighted to see partners like Sewio embrace the same philosophy and deliver RTLS systems that are cost competitive while delivering superior performance and capabilities to end customers”.