Botnia, one of the world’s principal suppliers of market pulp and the market pulp agent for M-real, UPM and Cenibra, has started to use the very first application of modern RFID technology for monitoring pulp units.
An increased need to control pulp movements and especially of
stock levels is the major driving factor why Botnia started to use
RFID. Applying RFID tags to individual pulp shipments allows Botnia
to track and trace: when the pulp has arrived in the warehouse,
when it is delivered to the mill and finally, when agreed with
customers, and when the pulp is used. All items together are
changing the dynamics of keeping track of pulp inventory levels at
The warehouse stage of the pulp shipment process is still
crucial and this is where the logistics partners come in. At the
ports, the RFID is used to track when the pulp arrives in vessels,
to monitor the pulp as it is discharged and placed in the
warehouse. Through the process, the logistics partner will
automatically report to Botnia what has been stored and when it
will leave the warehouse, all in real-time.
RFID technology is a major advance compared to the
identification systems currently in use. It makes the supply chain
considerably more precise and generates significant savings in pulp
flow management. Automation improves the efficiency and reliability
of the entire logistical process, enabling optimization of
warehouse administration at all stages of the chain with current
information continually available.
In order to get the most out of the RFID technology within
pulp logistics, it is interesting to see in the future, how RFID
technology will match with other pulp producers and potentially
also other cargos. The standards and the system itself is at least
being designed so that modifications can be made for other cargos
and in other ports and warehouses.
By the end of 2012 the RFID pulp logistics system will cover the
entire Botnia supply chain. Regardless of what comes next, the
first logistics providers such as V. Alexander, are gaining a
competitive edge within the pulp industry.
Botnia's high quality video on their RFID