MA/COM Announces Sensor-Based Forklift Systems

M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Lowell, Mass., introduces its new sensor-based RFID forklift system. The system automatically records an RFID tagged pallet’s exact storage location during handling and slotting processes without requiring the operator to initiate traditional manual data collection methods. The result is more accuracy and efficiency throughout the supply chain.

New or existing forklifts can be retrofitted to work with the M/A-COM Technology Solutions sensor-based RFID Forklift System. The system utilizes an acoustic sensor, broad beam antenna, and controller logic to identify an RFID pallet tag after it has been loaded onto the forklift. It then identifies a pallet storage location, utilizing a narrow beam antenna, laser-height sensor, and controller logic to confirm that the specific pallet has been picked up or dropped off at that location. These slotting transactions are fed to the enterprise system via Wi-Fi connectivity. The RFID forklift unit employs a high-performance Impinj Speedway reader loaded with fully released and supported forklift firmware.

“Our sensor-based RFID Forklift System automates and streamlines materials movement and management tasks,” says Kevin Anderson, product line manager. “From increasing inventory accuracy and reducing material losses to processing more pallets per shift while reducing labor costs, this forklift system brings immediate and significant cost savings to the material-handling and inventory management operations.”