Teijin’s RFID Smart Shelf-Management System Used for Mass Document Management

Applied in world’s first batch-management system for mass documents

Tokyo, Japan, March 7 , 2014 --- Teijin Limited announced today that AGC Asahi Glass has adopted Teijin’s smart shelf-management system incorporating radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to manage over 6,000 confidential documents. This is the first time for the system to be practically applied in batch management of thousands of documents.

Launched in December 2011, Teijin’s smart shelf-management system incorporates two-dimensional communication technology realized by Teijin’s CELL FORM, a smart sheet that confines electromagnetic waves to a cell within and around the sheet. A communication signal and electrical power is propagated via electromagnetic waves traveling through the sheet.

RFID can transmit data via radio signals to and from a contactless IC chip. It is already used for the identification and management of merchandise fitted with RFID tags, which send signals via the UHF band. CELL FORM detects the identification tags of merchandise placed on the sheet and then transmits this information via the smart sheet. CELL FORM is ideal for real-time inventory management and security applications for library books, pharmaceuticals in retail stores, business documents and much more.

Conventional RFID management systems are either based on sales registers tracking IC tags via the HF band or humans physically checking items on shelves, which limits inventory management to several hundred items practically speaking. The system, however, immediately detects the removal or return of items on a shelf. The key is RFID technology, which reliably reads multiple IC tags at close range, while a UHF signal is suitably deployed for reading at long ranges. By adopting tags that have been laminated with a durable coating, the system can be used for the real-time monitoring of shelf stocks for extended periods of time. Since the system also monitors the duration and frequency of usage, it enables precise history management and theft detection.

AGC will use the system in combination with room access data to confirm precisely when each item was removed and returned, and by whom. Further, the need to conduct visual inventory counts will be eliminated, raising operational efficiency. As a result, management of confidential documents will be possible with greater precision and efficiency than ever before.

Libraries are increasingly adopting the system not only to manage circulation histories but also to gather data on book-usage trends. In addition, many stores are beginning to understand the advantages that it offers for not only managing purchasing histories but also measuring marketing trends, including how often and long products are picked up by customers.

In view of the system’s tremendous capacity to monitor and manage thousands of items in real time, Teijin will continue to develop the system with the aim of making it the de facto standard for managing drugs, files and many other goods.

About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 17,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY 745.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 762.4 billion (USD 7.6 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. 

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