Technology remains one of the keys to continuous improvement in manufacturing, especially as production, inventory, and fulfillment processes have become more mobilized and data-driven.

There are many mature technologies that can help in these areas, including mobile computers, barcode scanners, and even mobile printers. But one niche product that’s particularly versatile on the shop floor and gaining in popularity is the rugged enterprise tablet.

On the shop floor in manufacturing environments, rugged tablets can be used for a number of critical needs, including recording work-in-process (WIP) transactions, time and labor, and quality assurance results. This is in addition to their usability for standard inventory transactions, including scanning barcodes and even managing inventory, orders, and fulfillment.

With the proper mounts, tablets can also be used on forklifts and in delivery trucks and other vehicles. But there are further use cases as well, including field inspection and delivery tracking.

The key to the proliferation of tablets in manufacturing operations is the availability of a rugged, durable device that offers more screen size and computing power while withstanding all-day use and abuse in industrial environments.

In the past, tablets were largely designed and built for consumer or office use, and getting ruggedized versions designed for the shop floor was an extremely expensive proposition. But new-generation tablets, such as Zebra’s Xplore series, are now purpose-built for manufacturing, warehousing, and other industrial environments, and they deliver durable workhorse performance, connectivity, and versatility at an ideal price point.

For example, Zebra’s XPAD L10 is a 10.1” hard-handle tablet that provides rugged mobile computing in the warehouse with a hard-handle for easy carrying. The device is built with a magnesium frame that’s harder than steel but lighter than aluminum. The XPAD L10 is put through extensive resistance and military-grade testing everything from dust and water to concrete drops.

The XPAD L10 isn’t just a rugged device, though. It features an 8-core Intel Core-Series processor with added memory to deliver fast app performance and minimize delays in data sharing. Performance is blazingly fast on standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and downloads are up to 600% faster and uploads up to 300% faster when using 4G.

Thanks to its faster processing, remarkable battery life, and larger memory capacity, the XPAD L10 consumes less power to deliver outstanding computing performance. You get up to 10 hours of standard battery life and up to 27 hours with Zebra’s hot-swappable extended battery.

Connectivity is also enhanced with these tablet devices, with RJ-45, USB 3.0, and USB-C inputs to go along with its high-speed Wi-Fi and options to add 4G LTE and more.

The device also includes an on-board 1D/2D barcode reader and trigger, so you can use your table as a scanning and data capture device. It’s also usable both indoors and outdoors with a Corning™ Gorilla Glass™ display with either 500 NIT standard luminosity or optional 1000 NIT View Anywhere™ luminosity.

Of course, robust security is always a concern in any enterprise manufacturing environment, so Zebra’s XPAD L10 also offers multi-factor user authentication, a built-in fingerprint reader, and a TPM 2.0 cryptoprocessor for tamper-resistant security. There’s also a standard Kensington lock slot and you can add an optional SmartCard/CAC reader.

If you specify, build, or use solutions for mobile computers, you know that Microsoft has abandoned the special version of Windows they built years ago for this space. That has caused many purpose-built applications to become obsolete or require rewrites. The Zebra tablet supports Windows 10 Pro, giving customers good options to continue using their legacy systems and a powerful platform for future applications.

The XPAD L10 is just one of several new models of rugged tablets from Zebra, which include slate-style models as well as 2-in-1 laptop/desktop replacements.

To learn more about Zebra manufacturing tablets and find out if these devices are a good fit for your operations, contact our team at Versona for a personalized assessment and consultation.

Many companies make the decision to deploy mobile handheld computers for automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) to capture data at the edge of their operations; track products, shipments, and processes; and transmit data to their back-office systems. But integrating these mobile devices with existing systems is where many companies run into obstacles and challenges.

Many back-office software systems don’t come with out-of-the-box support for mobile computers. Those that do, such as SAP and Oracle ERP systems, offer mobile integration, but often with limitations and headaches in terms of cost, time, and complexity.

This is why we have a dedicated mobile development and integration team at Versona. As a technology provider to companies looking to modernize and mobilize their operations with mobile computers, we know the challenges of integrating devices and systems. Getting things to work together seamlessly may require deploying middleware, writing native code, or using software development kits (SDKs) to connect hardware and software.

This can be tough for companies to handle internally, especially if they don’t have previous integration experience or their IT resources are limited or focused on other high-priority projects. It can also be difficult to manage the time and cost of the integration process without having access to all the right tools, solutions, and expertise.

That’s where we can step in. We can take on any part of mobile integration or even manage the entire project from start to finish. We bring in decades of experience in creating mobile solutions and help integrate them with back-office systems, and we can provide as much or as little IT support as you need, whether you use major ERP solutions, such as SAP or Oracle, or custom legacy applications.

We simplify the entire process and can even define and create custom-tailored solutions that deliver on your integration needs while respecting your budget restraints. These include cloud or on-premise solutions with 24/7 support.

We also deploy a specialized weapon to obliterate many of the obstacles and challenges that plague other integration efforts. When designing and integrating mobility solutions, we use Zebra mobile computers and Zebra’s Mobility DNA enterprise mobility software.

Zebra’s Mobility DNA software includes an array of time-saving and useful tools that not only make mobile integration easier and more affordable, but also provide solutions to streamline and optimize data capture for maximum operational productivity and efficiency.

For example, Zebra’s Enterprise Mobility Development Kit helps us take full advantage of Zebra’s purpose-built hardware capabilities and integrate them with your workflows and back-office systems. Its DataWedge software is also crucial and allows us to send scanned data from barcodes and RFID tags to any application you’re running on your devices, including your ERP or other back-office apps. We can also enhance your scanning and data capture further with Zebra’s SimulScan, which enables additional scanning of documents, form fields, and even signatures.

Zebra’s obstacle-busting power doesn’t stop there; its Enterprise Browser application allows us to build powerful, next-generation apps with rich features for optimizing mobile workflows and simplifying data connectivity with your other systems. And Zebra’s StageNow software also allows us to easily stage and deploy a handful or even thousands of mobile devices with a quick scan of a barcode or a tap on an NFC tag.

These are just a few of the Mobility DNA tools we use, but they all help us deliver mobile integration and AIDC solutions that work beautifully with your back-office systems.

To learn more about the best ways to integrate your mobile computers and AIDC solutions, contact our development and integration team at Versona. We’d be glad to help.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a phenomenal way to automatically locate and track tagged assets, but discovering and avoiding potential problems is the key to RFID success.

Here are the four important tips you should keep in mind before implementing your RFID system.

1. Know Your Environment

Know your environment and where your RFID solution will operate.

For example, if you’re using a fixed RFID reader to identify and track tagged assets as they pass through a dock door, it is best to wire that device to your network via Ethernet. This ensures the fastest and most reliable communications. However, constraints on your Ethernet cabling could pose problems for implementing your RFID system.

You’ll also need to consider the presence of other wireless devices that might compete for the same “air space” and interfere with your signals. There may also be physical factors, such as metal barriers or the presence of water, which can absorb radio waves or cause them to bounce around in strange ways.

A site survey by an RFID engineer will help you identify and mitigate these risks. For example, our engineers use software that pings your environment and creates a heat map overlay onto your site CAD drawings with topographical lines to indicate how strong your RFID signal is throughout your site.

They use this tool to help design the right system with the right cabling, tags, and hardware to handle your specific environmental factors.

2. Test and Validate Your System

RFID performance can vary between tags and devices, so you need to thoroughly test and validate your system before you roll it out.

For example, if you’re applying RFID tags to metal containers, curved surfaces, or certain types of packaging materials, you may need specialized tags designed to adhere to your surface type.

Our RFID partners at Zebra Technologies have specific tags suited for these applications, and they help us ensure our customers have the right tags and hardware for their specific tracking needs. Our custom solutions include determining the right RFID readers, which are also important when you need to account for specific environmental or application requirements.

To ensure you get the best results with your proposed system, you need to test it in your environment or a simulated environment that duplicates your RFID operating conditions. This will help you identify any specialized requirements and choose the right tags and hardware configuration before you do a full-blown implementation.

The RFID hardware will be unique to the requirements of each site but will consist of fixed RFID portals at dock doors and or RFID tunnels on conveyor lines for most of the items to be read. Each site also needs one or more handheld scanners for exception processing or reading tags that did not come through a portal.

3. Train Your Employees

Of course, any new system should be accompanied by thorough training of all employees who will use it. Don’t make the mistake of rushing things or forgetting about the end user and leaving too little time and resources for sufficient training.

4. Audit Your RFID Performance and Accuracy

Discrepancies can still occur with RFID, and continuous improvement may be necessary if your ultimate goal is 100% accuracy. To achieve this, you need a process for monitoring, auditing, and logging your RFID results.

For example, if you’ve shipped 180 items from manufacturing and want to be sure you’ve tracked them all accurately, you will need to know how many you shipped, how many were received, and how many were read at your RFID checkpoints along the way, along with an easy way to create reports like Exception Lists, Advanced Ship Notices or Bills of Lading. Versona’s Rainvue can support all these and more.

With proper tuning and monitoring of system accuracy, you can expect results at or close to 100% accuracy. Rainvue’s utilities and reports will pinpoint how accurate your RFID scanning and tracking is, and where you may need to address any issues until you achieve your desired results.

Need help planning and deploying your RFID system? Visit Versona Systems for expert help.

RFID can solve a lot of problems for a warehouse. It’s a massively productive way to track assets in the most efficient way possible. The technology allows you to do just about anything you can do with barcode scanning but with a drastic productivity increase.

Having the right tracking software and hardware components are vital to your RFID setup — but there’s more to it. You need a reliable enterprise-class wireless network that can allow the technology to work cohesively.

We partner with Zebra Technologies for hardware. Zebra’s hardware allows you to have the best printers, RFID tags or labels, and readers on the market. We offer our RainVue cloud-based RFID software to help you track the movement of supplies, assets, and products throughout the supply chain.

With those products, you are off to a great start. But if your wireless network fails, you’re in trouble.

How RFID works over Wi-Fi
To understand the importance of the wireless network, you need to know how RFID works. RFID tags or labels are attached to your asset and tracked using a reader. The reader creates an electromagnetic field, the current flows through the antenna to wake up the chip, and the signal is transmitted back to the reader.

There are multiple types of tags but they fall in two groups, active and passive. An example of active technology is the beaconing active tag. It sends short messages at specific intervals and provides location updates. The Zebra Beacons use low energy blue tooth technology because the low energy consumption provides long battery life.

The most prevalent tag type is the passive tag, as the cost per tag can be as low as a few pennies. The passive tag is almost always used with the ubiquitous 802.11xx wireless standard, and it is hard to find a business that does not have 802.11 hardware, software and personnel in place. The readers for these passive tags transmit and receive using 802.11 standards. As long as you have a solid wireless network, this gives you a great advantage. The wireless network you use for such things as laptop communications can now be used for RFID.

The value is in the wireless network
RFID will always feature the adoption of new chips and tracking systems. But having a solid Wi-Fi network gives you the platform to take advantage of the latest technology changes now and into the future.

If you are a wireless network administrator, your job has changed over the years as businesses have relied more and on WLANs for communications, applications and inventory management.

If your company is using RFID technology or thinking about adopting it, this increases the number of pressures you face. Your WLAN has now become a mission-critical piece to your business. You can’t take inventory if the Wi-Fi is down. You need total wireless connectivity through your buildings. And if you’re not using RFID yet, you need to ensure your network will conform to the specifications of the hardware you are about to invest in.

When we work with companies on updating or installing wireless networks, we provide an end-to-end solution that helps relieve the overwhelm involved with getting a wireless network installed on time and within budget.

What to look for when evaluating wireless networks
Our 7-point process is an excellent guide when looking for a wireless service provider to help you with your network. By following it, you’ll get the required bandwidth needed, user density and vendor specifications to make the process easier. Our process has helped everyone from warehouses to high-density classrooms. Since each client situation is different, we know a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work.

Instead, we follow this process:

● Site Survey: An onsite assessment that provides the customer with a robust wireless network design, list of required hardware, and recommendations for deployment success.
● Audit: A complete analysis of a customer’s existing wireless infrastructure and RF environment, including a report that outlines existing anomalies, coverage deficiencies, sources of interference, and recommendations for optimal performance.
● Troubleshooting: A more detailed approach that focuses on a more granular issue that a customer is experiencing. The plan may include throughput testing, packet capture and analysis, or other techniques for diagnosing the root cause and solution for an issue.
● Spectrum Analysis: A view of the Radio Frequency (RF) environment, which includes both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi sources of activity, interference, and overall utilization within the affected wireless frequencies.
● Installation: From sourcing wireless and mounting hardware to cabling, this task entails complete physical deployment of the WLAN as per a sound wireless design.
● Configuration/Commissioning: After physical installation of wireless components, configuration of all wireless controllers and/or standalone devices.
● Client device Integration or Migration: Re-configuring existing clients as necessary to function at their highest level on the WLAN, as well as providing instruction to users.

If you need help with wireless networking, we have many decades of experience at Versona Systems helping clients like you finding the right solution. Give us a call today.

Competition is intense for today’s manufacturer. The global marketplace makes having a productive and efficient supply chain mandatory for each company.

Since supply chains are inherently complex—from logistics to warehousing, outsourcing, and more—you shouldn’t risk not having the necessary data to make decisions in real time. If you don’t have real-time data, you may end up with inefficiencies in your labor force or wasted resources, both of which lead to decreased profits.

So as a manufacturer, it is imperative that you have full operational visibility. This helps you streamline your workflows, save money, and have an efficient workforce. To achieve these outcomes, you need continuous improvement in your supply chain to keep pace with inevitable changes. Continuous improvement allows you to always deliver the right asset in the right place at the right time.

How Do I Achieve Full Operational Visibility?
This is where technology comes into play. The tools and solutions Versona Systems and Zebra Technologies offers are designed to connect your systems; RFID and software give you the visibility to increase productivity.

Visibility solutions allow you to push the boundaries on production and logistics. When you can connect data, devices, processes, and events, you can make better and more informed choices for design, production, and volumes.

One way to obtain full operational visibility is to embrace RFID. An RFID system can help alleviate many issues you probably deal with on a daily basis in your plant or warehouse. If you experience inaccuracies with your shipping or receiving, have weak inventory management, or are performing excessive scanning, RFID can make your processes more efficient.

Since almost every asset, part, or component already receives a label or a tag, tags are easily scannable with RFID technology. With RFID, you can read up to 200 tags or labels at once, significantly reducing the time needed to scan. And since each item is already tagged, you can keep track of its location in real time as it moves through your supply chain. RFID also allows you to store up to 100 times more data on a tag or label than a barcode.

Manufacturing and warehousing teams use RFID tags for many critical applications. You can use RFID for item-level tagging, package validation, theft protection, and traceability requirements. With RFID technology, there is no line-of-sight requirement between the tag and the reader, so you can enumerate and record pallet loads in significantly less time than when using a barcode label. Moreover, with RFID, you will have more data to help you make decisions and improve the workflows and efficiencies in your supply chain.

So how do you analyze all your new data? That’s where our RainVue cloud-based, RFID software helps give you more clarity on your operations. With RainVue, you are always prepared for the unexpected because you can track your assets, supplies, and products throughout the supply chain.

Using software that’s designed for supply chain management is critical to effectively making continuous improvements. Zebra’s RFID hardware solutions and RainVue empower your operation to run more efficiently. If you’ve never had item-level, hands-free scanning, that alone will be a significant improvement for your supply chain.

Specifically, RainVue software helps you implement advanced shipping notifications and dashboard reporting. The software will ensure you have full operational visibility over your supply chain, even across multiple suppliers. With proper attention to detail, 100 percent shipping accuracy is achievable.

Get the Data You Need to Improve Your Supply Chain
RFID can be confusing at first because it’s more than just buying a scanner. You need to engineer a solution that consists of printers, readers, labels or tags, and the proper integration with your host computer systems. If you are interested in seeing how RFID can help your supply chain, give us a call. We help companies engineer the hardware and software solutions for their supply chain, including custom RFID solutions or proprietary products that may sacrifice functionality for implementation speed and lower cost.

We’ll perform a detailed RFID Feasibility Analysis that will show you exactly how you can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and eliminate uncertainty. Contact us today at 713-654-8200 or!

Are you thinking of upgrading to RFID? Justifying an investment in RFID for your supply chain isn’t always easy, despite the numerous advantages the technology offers.

RFID requires investing in readers, scanners, printers, and supplies like those produced by our hardware partner Zebra Technologies. It also helps to have best-in-class software to take advantage of all the data options RFID presents like our RainVue cloud-based software.

But when you do have the best hardware and software, and a robust wireless network, you can get greater visibility into your supply chain and allow your manufacturing or transportation and logistics business to become more productive. Better productivity and efficiency will ultimately lead you to more profits.

Before you move too far into your research with RFID, make sure you understand what problems you want to solve in your business. You want to have a full understanding of your needs and have some clear-cut goals you want to accomplish. Begin with the end in mind.

Here are some reasons you can justify transitioning to RFID in your supply chain:

Reduced Labor Costs
RFID can help you reduce labor costs and improve employee productivity. With RFID, you are no longer asking employees to complete manual or barcode inventory or asset counts. Your employees are no longer required to scan thousands of barcodes, one scan at a time. Instead, employees can push a button and have your count in seconds.

Improved Asset Visibility and Traceability
RFID can increase asset visibility. RFID allows you to tag assets and then read those tags from anywhere in a facility. You know the location and quantity of your assets in real time. You can also track shipment status, the location of a shipment, and other traceability data. Similarly, your employees can track down tools, assets, and materials much easier than before. Because RFID improves tracking, it is an effective way to cut down on thefts and other similar issues.

Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of RFID technology is the extent to which it will improve visibility. RFID creates a more timely and more complete picture of your assets and eliminates actions that hinder your progress like misplaced materials.

Reduced Errors
RFID can also reduce errors, particularly with inventory. When using RFID technology, you should expect at least 95 percent inventory accuracy. Once everything is fine-tuned, you can approach 100 percent inventory accuracy. RFID will eliminate your miscounts and other inevitable human errors if you are using other means to count inventory and assets. RFID can also help you make sure your inventory is appropriately labeled and scanned effortlessly.

More Data
If you are disappointed with the amount of data you get from barcodes, RFID is an excellent solution to your problem. RFID technology can read up to 200 RFID tags at once. On each tag, you’re able to store up to 100 times more data than a barcode. You can use this information to improve decision making, deliver shipments better, and take the guesswork out of having to replenish inventory or stock. There are no limits on how much or what data you store. RFID helps you create whatever real-time data you need to increase productivity.

Enhanced Supply Chain Visibility
With software and RFID technology, you can have real-time location status information for your parts or shipments. If you need to track your inventory or react quickly to a problem, RFID allows you to do so much faster than traditional barcode technologies.

Increased Work Efficiencies
RFID empowers your workers to capture data in any environment accurate quickly. Scan cartons in seconds or scan one item at a time. Forget worrying about harsh work environments with dirt, chemicals, or dust—RFID tags can function with no problems. Get better reporting for compliance requirements. Use RFID to get a better handle on space utilization in real time so you can manage stock and locations.

You’ll reduce your operating costs with all these increased operational efficiencies.

At Versona, we are experts in understanding the relationship between your processes and how technology like RFID can improve them. Give us a call today, and we can talk about how we eliminate the risk of implementing an RFID system.

We expect accuracy in everything from pizza orders to paychecks, but that’s not always what you get with legacy systems in the supply chain.

RFID is one answer to getting better accuracy. With a well-engineered RFID solution of readers, printers and scanners, many organizations have found ways to improve product tracking, manage inventory and stop theft. We recommend Zebra Technologies hardware along with our RainVue cloud-based RFID software to help you track the movement of supplies, assets, and products throughout the supply chain.

RFID is a significant investment. If it is new technology to your enterprise, you may wonder what kind of results you can expect. A related question is how good is good enough with RFID? If you are going to invest in RFID, the Versona advisor you work with will be able to give you a reasonable estimate on how much improvement you should expect after the project’s completion.

And while the actual number will vary, the bottom line is you will see improvements with the right solution — especially if you are using older systems for inventory management. Bill Hardgrave, the founder of the RFID Lab at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, says RFID will increase inventory accuracy from an average of 65 percent to more than 95 percent. He was citing retailers but has also conducted studies on how RFID impacts manufacturers and other industry supply chains.

Added RFID benefits

You can easily expect to have at least 95-99 percent accuracy of inventory balances with RFID and a well-engineered process. But the improvements don’t stop there. Shipping (order) and picking accuracy also increase. The improvement in accuracy will lead to lowered costs throughout the supply chain; some experts estimate that picking and shipping accuracy improves by 80 percent with RFID. You will also see inventory visibility and availability increase, along with your inventory count accuracy numbers.

By improving the various areas of your supply chain via RFID, you can help your business significantly lower distribution costs in many cases. If you do deliveries, for example, RFID inherently allows you to have an accurate inventory count with very little administrative work to find the numbers you need. With the increased inventory and order accuracy, you can deliver the right products at the right time, over and over again.

For example, a recent study by Auburn University and GS1 US found RFID can help an organization gain up to 100 percent order accuracy. This becomes the gift that keeps on giving because 100% accuracy eliminates claims costs in the downline supply chains, unhappy customers, etc.

How to get your 95-100 percent inventory accuracy
We realize an RFID implementation project is a big step for our customers. That’s why we use a 5-step process that includes a performance guarantee about things we control 18 months after the project is finished. Here is a little more information on how we work.

First, we do an RFID Feasibility Analysis. This helps us determine whether RFID is the right solution for every customer. Rather than sell you something that won’t work for you, we offer this low-cost, low-risk way to determine if it is the right fit. We look at the application environment, your existing processes and your business goals. If these elements can be enhanced with RFID, we create a business case where we will gather the critical information and choose the technical and software services you need.

Stage two is the Process Analysis. We look at the types, quantities and locations for RFID hardware. We’ll also give you recommendations on tags based on your processes. If you need alternatives to RFID, we’ll make suggestions on what might be a better fit. With stage three we move into a full site analysis. We’ll do things like examine and document your site for RFID technology supportability, evaluate the ambient radio frequencies through a spectrum analysis and determine the optimal mounting methods for your new hardware.

The final two stages deliver the RFID technology that will help transform your business. We’ll check every device during the fourth stage, the site installation. If anything doesn’t perform at the optimum level, we’ll make the adjustments.

Finally, we’ll work with you during the 18 months after installation. You won’t have any doubts about your system because we will provide support on the project. Our Performance Guarantee is based on an integrated, continuous improvement approach. We’ll address any issues and make sure you get the highest ROI on the project.

Think you have a busy warehouse? Meet Supply Chain Santa.

His warehouse contains billions of toys. He probably employs thousands of elves to receive, pick, stage, and load.

And, like you, he’s got a tight deadline—his customers are not too thrilled with late deliveries.

So, we thought it would be a great idea to review his operations and imagine what technology he uses to keep track of this massive operation.

Supply Chain Santa’s Visibility Challenges

You laugh now, but Supply Chain Santa has many of the same challenges you face. Many think he’s just a seasonal operation, but imagine how complicated it is to store and move toys for 2 billion children around the world.

The North Pole runs 365 days a year, and it used to be a daily struggle. Supply Chain Santa has suffered from inaccuracies at the shipping door and weak inventory control. He’s lost sleep thinking about how to keep control over labor-intensive operations.

Like you, he needs the most efficient way to get clear visibility and deep insights into his operations. A few years ago, Santa realized RFID tagging was the answer to his problems.

Supply Chain Santa’s Asset Tracking History (in brief)

At one time, Santa was just like your warehouse or manufacturing operation: He wrestled with three choices to track his assets.

For hundreds of years, he did it manually. But Supply Chain Santa wised up and stopped relying on manual processes when barcode scanning became popular. He switched and armed his elves with enterprise-grade scanners from Zebra Technologies.

Barcoding worked for a while. It was better than keeping track manually, but it was a very labor-intensive process. When Supply Chain Santa used barcodes, his elves had to go around and scan every single item, one at a time. Each elf was tasked with scanning more than 20,000-plus toys. The scanning elves would, understandably, miss items. Entire pallets were stored in the wrong area of the North Pole warehouse, and no one could find them.

Then came RFID technology. Supply Chain Santa was introduced to the concept of Radio Frequency Identification thanks to his partnership with Zebra Technologies and Versona Systems. This system can broadcast data as an electromagnetic field. We’re sure that RFID is a big benefit to Supply Chain Santa’s warehouse.

RFID to the Rescue
Supply Chain Santa realized that RFID solutions would give him real-time asset visibility. He was able to streamline operations, maximize his assets, and eliminate errors with inventory and other data-capturing tasks.

With RFID technology, he now has his elves label or tag every asset received at the North Pole. When it comes time to capture data, elves can scan up to 200 RFID tags at the same time. The tags store up to 100 times more data than a barcode.

And his warehouse is busy and crowded, so the elves enjoy having the ability to let RFID readers read tags that are not visible. This allows them to track products from anywhere within a specified range.

Supply Chain Santa is a jolly guy, but he wants his inventory done with maximum efficiency and speed.

Let RFID Improve Your Warehouse
RFID can provide unparalleled accuracy and real-time data for your warehouse. It helps eliminate inefficiencies in inventory management that cost you money. Deploy it correctly, and RFID technology gives you an unmatched real-time asset tracking system.

So, how do you deploy RFID?

Our expertise here at Versona Systems lies in helping create the bridge between our client’s processes and the technologies needed to automate and enhance those processes. We can help you understand how RFID should fit into your company and what the benefits will be for you.

We recommend Zebra Technologies hardware. Zebra provides end-to-end RFID solutions for your needs, including printers, readers, and RFID tags or labels.

And if you want to see RFID in action, maybe if you stay up late on Christmas Eve you can catch Supply Chain Santa when he stops by. One thing to note: He’ll have a ZebraRFID reader attached to his sled.

Inventory management never stops—not for Versona, and not even for Santa.


It is with mixed emotion that Versona Systems is announcing the retirement of Doug Allardyce on December 31, 2016. After 39 years in the business, Doug has decided that he will be moving on to the next phase of his life. He has made many long lasting friendships with customers, partners and co-workers. Doug has lived in Michigan his entire life and will continue to live here and enjoy his favorite past time sailing. His new office will be located on the beautiful waters of Lake Erie. He also shares this passion with his daughter, so watch the newspaper for their future race wins.

The entire Versona Team wishes Doug luck in retirement and “Thank” him for his years of service to us and our customers.

BridgewavelogoCourse Overview:

BridgeWave provides comprehensive Technical Certification Training that upon successful completion of the one day course with a passing grade of the practical section and examination, the student will be certified on the BridgeWave products. The Technical Certification Training along with the refresher training, online training tools, promotion and database maintenance comprises BridgeWave’s Technical Certification Training Program.


Course Description:

This course is designed to give Field Installers and Sales Engineers the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, install, align, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the BridgeWave products. Students who successfully complete the practical section and examination will become BridgeWave Certified Technicians.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course each student should:
• Understand the basic Radio Frequency (RF) terminology, spectrum, measurements, sensitivity, transmit power, antenna gain, propagation and environmental factors
• Understand and use the basic concepts associated with Millimeter Wave (MMW) technologies; spectrum properties, attenuation characteristics and how to mitigate them, beam and antenna characteristics
• Understand safety factors associated with MMW products
• Calculate distance, link budget and availability for specific geographical areas for BridgeWave equipment
• Understand how to perform a Site Survey; evaluate and select appropriate installation sites, identify facility improvements and use tools to calculate link budgets
• Understand BridgeWave product components and specifications, compatible third party accessories and necessary parts required to install the product
• Be able to install, align, monitor, and troubleshoot BridgeWave products


8:00 to 8:30 – Sign In
8:30 to 8:45 – #1 Introduction
8:45 to 9:45 – #2 System Design
9:45 to 10:00 – Break
10:00 to 12:00 – #3 Installation/Alignment
12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 – #4 EtherFlex 6-38 GHz Radios
1:30 to 2:00 – #5 Flex Series NMS
2:00 to 2:30 – #7 Flex4G-UHA 80 GHz Radio
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:30 to 3:00 – #8 Flex4G-3000 80 GHz Radio
3:00 to 3:30 – #9 BW-64
3:30 to 4:00 – #10 FlexPort uWave
4:00 – Live Flex4G/EtherFlex NMS

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Location of the training:

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