Fielding quality: Argenti Lemon S.A. tracks product port-to-port using RFID-enabled devices

Rugged handheld computers wirelessly monitor harvesting, production, and shipping of lemons to ensure quality standards.<br/>

02/24/2009



It’s often said that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But for Argenti Lemon S.A. , one of Argentina’s largest lemon exporters, high-quality lemons are exactly what it wants. To ensure the best production of lemons from its 24 plantations and to keep track of the 2,000 contract employees who harvest the fruit, Argenti Lemon recently deployed a RFID solution from Psion Teklogix , a global provider of wireless computing solutions.

Using the Psion Teklogix handheld WORKABOUT PRO computer and high-frequency 13.56 MHz RFID tags, Argenti can track its lemons from harvest, through the production process, and from the production facility to shipping port. The solution also allows the company to wirelessly document the amount of fruit each employee—wearing an RFID-enabled wristband—harvests each day.

Starting at the point of harvesting, as employees enter the fruit plantations, HF RFID-enabled wristbands are read using Psion Teklogix’ WORKABOUT PRO, which grants them access to the plantation without the previous complex system that involved printed forms. Harvesters are then given RFID-enabled packs for collecting the lemons, which allows Argenti Lemon to track the amount of lemons each person collects and, using WORKABOUT PRO, wirelessly transmit this data to a computerized record.

The easy-to-use and ergonomic nature of the WORKABOUT PRO allows Argenti Lemon to use the devices from the field to the production plants where 3,500 bins of lemons are processed daily. The RFID-tagged bins of lemons are monitored throughout the unloading, selection, de-greening and packing process, and then loaded onto pallets for dispatch to shipping ports.

The pallets of lemons are then tracked to the shipping ports to ensure the correct product is sent to each destination.

“The durability and flexibility of WORKABOUT PRO sped up the harvesting process, as well as the dispatch of pallets, using one device for both indoor and outdoor work,” says Florencia Bulacio of Argenti.

According to Ron Caines, president of worldwide sales, Psion Teklogix, “Argenti Lemon has a reputation for producing high-quality fruit, and our reliable system can monitor the entire production process in virtually any environment to help the continue to deliver the right product, to the right place, at the right time.”

WORKABOUT PRO supports WWAN, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity; and comes with a choice of Microsoft Windows operating systems. With more than 200,000 devices deployed worldwide, WORKABOUT PRO provides maximum flexibility for a range of unique and innovative customer solutions.









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