Upscaling and Simplifying Plant Tracking and Tracing with RFID

Delivering a Complete Plant Inventory Printing and Tracking System!

, a world leader of advanced flexible packaging, labels, RFID and in pack promotion, has partnered with RFID-printer manufacturer TSC Printronix Auto ID and Harvest RFID to upscale plant tracking and tracing for the farming and horticulture industries.

Using Harvest’s one-of-a-kind RFID software platform, RealHarvest™, paired with TSC Printronix Auto ID printers and Tadbik RFID tags, allows growers to easily track, count, and manage inventory with a customizable suite of features that enhance existing business processes. The partnership brings to the horticulture marketplace an exclusive total package for asset tracking, tracing, and printing, simplifying the assessment of large nurseries and locating of a specific plant within a large batch.

“The industry challenge is clear: Finding a specific plant or inventorying thousands of plants in vast nurseries is extremely difficult. Barcode solutions are far from ideal. RFID changes the game, so you can pinpoint a specific plant from either a central dashboard or the nursery floor,” said TSC Printronix Auto ID’s RFID subject matter expert, Chris Brown.

“Using our award-winning Printronix Auto ID T6000e RFID printer with Tadbik’s industry-leading RFID plant stakes and tags enables quick and efficient plant tagging with customprinted information and RFID data. Then tie in Harvest RFID’s RealHarvest software platform and readers, and now you can locate, track, and monitor everything from individual plants to batches, shipments and even highvalue assets like trolleys and irrigation equipment.”

RealHarvest RFID software provides efficiencies and insights that take the guesswork out of inventory management, leading to improved nursery resource deployment and asset management. Staff can easily determine which plants have been sold, which are still available, the planting date of each item, the quantity in each tray, locations, and more. RFID enables users to aggregate data, removing costly and time-consuming manual processes. All data is available for management with event-based reporting via smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs.

“Harvest RFID is the end-to-end solution provider for plant growers. Deploying our hardware and software solution gives immediate value back to the grower and transforms their way of working,” said Matt Campbell, Harvest RFID’s VP of business development. “The Harvest RFID Tool Shed is a total solution package that includes RFID-enabled plant stakes, RealHarvest software, readers, antennas, the Printronix T6000e printer, and various other components as needed for each customized solution.”

Deploying a complete hardware and software package with the advanced Printronix Auto ID T6000e enterprise printer, Tadbik plant tags and RealHarvest RFID software, growers gain autonomous, real-time visibility into their operational activities around the clock. The T6000e printer is a single machine that performs multiple functions simultaneously. It can print, encode, and perform barcode verification with the optional ODV-2D integrated verifier. The T6000e is supplied by Harvest RFID with the RFID label encoding functionality activated. This industry-leading capability is ideal for complex nursery and horticulture plants and supply chains that require superior barcode quality and RFID labels.

The complete solution with Harvest RFID is used with the industry-leading RFID plant stakes and tags provided by Tadbik.

“Our plant tags are provided on rolls with an encapsulated inlay, such as the Avery Dennison Belt MR6. Having the option of printing and encoding on site helps growers take control of their inventory with real-time information and greater data accuracy,” said Michal Yanuv Max, Tadbik’s director of sales and business development. The unique, high-quality RFID plant tags have been rigorously tested and validated at the TSC Printronix Auto ID’s RFID Printer and Label Validation Lab to ensure compatibility with the T6000e RFID printer.

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