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Cannon Equipment Update on RFID Tracking in Dallas

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Cannon Equipment Update on RFID Tracking in Dallas

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Twenty years after it began work with the Miami Herald on a cart-based system for newspaper distribution, Cannon Equipment Co., Rosemount, Minn., provided an update last month at Nexpo on its distribution system's use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) for tracking at The Dallas Morning News.

RFID capability is tied into Cannon's Comet (Cart Operating and Mangement Enterprise Tracking) software, installed with the Cannon cart-loading system last year at the paper's new south Dallas plant. Relying on small, unobtrusive tags on the carts and stationary readers, the wireless technology was first used with the system's cart loaders, later at the dock doors, and now at all distribution centers, allowing virtually every cart to be tracked from loading to arrival.

RFIDs' presence and function are invisible except when they detect a product headed for the wrong destination, said Cannon Print Technologies Director Pat Geraghty.

To achieve the required level of accuracy, "we're now in fine tuning," Geraghty said last month, noting that 89% is not good enough. Other prospective newspaper customers, he added, are waiting to see the Morning News operating at 100% accuracy.

Customers also have asked Cannon to extend RFID use outside plants and distribution centers. …

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