Welcome to RTI TRACK by SmartX

RFID is a solution ideally suited to meet the challenges of RTI asset management, enabling the real-time tracking of each individual RTI asset – from the moment it leaves your facility to the moment it is returned, again and again.

How we can improve RTI Management

RTITrack.io platform is comprised of Cloud Web-based software, a mobile application, barcode or RFID scanners, and Smart tags. These components automatically count inbound and outbound items as they pass through dock doors.

The Challenge of Managing Returnable Assets

Returnable transport items (RTIs) are key elements for enabling a smooth flow of goods throughout supply chains. Despite their importance, RTIs can be prone to high loss and breakage rates.

Today’s RTI management processes are rather inefficient and are based on estimates about when, where and how RTIs are utilized. This limited visibility inevitably causes the involved parties to feel less responsible for the proper management of RTIs.

As a consequence, inefficiencies created by a single party can result in a significant cost burden for the whole supply chain.

 

Main wasteful practices that can cost companies millions of dollars a year:

  • OEMs still employ manual methods in the entire process, and this leads to tracking errors and mishandling.
  • Purchasing and carrying additional returnable assets than needed.
  • Inaccurate billing for asset usage, storage or detention.
  • Typically, OEMs order 10% to 15% more returnables than they actually need in order to account for loss and shrinkage over time.
  • There are more containers than manufacturers need to run the production program.
  • The cost of managing and handling these assets often exceeds many times over the asset investment value.
  • The larger an RTI fleet grows, the more difficult it is to track.
  • Many companies even see shrinkage rates between 3-20%.
  • The leads to wasteful spending practices—having to buy new RTI’s to replace the lost ones and hire additional laborers to manage them.

AUTOMATE TRACKING OF RETURNABLE ITEMS LIKE:

 

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Use RTITrack.io platform to track:
  • Air Cylinders
  • Bread Racks
  • Collapsible Crates
  • Dollies (Rolling Quarter Pallets)
  • Kegs
  • Liquid Intermediate Bulk Containers
  • Meat Containers
  • Pallets (Wooden & Plastic)
  • Plastic Dairy Crates
  • Returnable Product Containers
  • Rolling Cages
  • Shelf-Ready Units
  • Stillage (Racks for Kegs or Casks)

Gain accurate information and eliminate manual errors with RTITrack.io

Real-time information about RTI flow is integrated with real-time operational data for individual assets. With comprehensive and timely insight, you can improve your operational efficiency.

Enjoy easy to use, flexible RTI monitoring and management

RFID scans are able to record the following information and more from auto-ID tags:

  •  Individual asset characteristics, including status, size, location, and type
  •  Unique asset history
  •  Fleet inventory information
  •  Fleet RTI shrinkage rates
  •  Shipping and receiving dates
  •  Average RTI cycle duration

Features and Benefits

RTIs can help a company improve its supply chain operations in a number of ways. The lower total cost of ownership of a durable package that can be easily returned and reused is such an obvious benefit that many users find that alone is enough reason to invest in a fleet of RTIs. For others, using RTIs rather than off-the-shelf cartons is a way to significantly increase productivity; they can choose or even custom design units that are easier to pack, handle and transport, while providing optimal protection for the goods they ship.
RTITrack.io Platform is a web-based asset inventory and management, allowing customers to enjoy the best user experience and simplest deployment available. No expensive software licenses are needed. Smartx® takes care of the networking, hosting, and product maintenance for you, letting you focus on your rental management business. Data is automatically backed up daily. For our larger customers, traditional enterprise licensing is available, and RTITrack.io can be integrated with existing databases or servers.
The RTITrack Platform is a powerful tool that will help you in managing your inventory and quickly locate the assets. In it, users can view important information about your asset like status, current location, container location, barcodes, and serial numbers. Tagged assets and individuals are detected, the massive inflow of data is processed by the system to identify, locate and decipher events of particular importance.
RTITrack allows the scheduling of equipment or parts maintenance events and performing/logging these maintenance events at the proper time. The ability to schedule both one-time and recurring maintenance, and then perform/log these events with uploaded reports provides a full and complete audit trail. With after-action reports, you will be able to see when equipment maintenance is performed, what it cost, who it was performed by, and any notes provided.
Tracking the chain of custody is keeping a record of asset transfers among people, "when" and "who". It seems very simple and straightforward, but it is actually very difficult to do if you are using emails or excel sheets to track physical assets. The RTITrack action module enables you to checked-out/in your assets. It reduces assets losses, write-offs, and purchasing costs by instantly logging essential equipment transaction data in a central location. This tracking tool helps you eliminate data entry errors and ensure you always know who has which assets, where they are located, and when to expect them to be returned.
RTITrack provides custom reports module. Reports can be Excel, PDF, or CSV format, depending on your needs. Web Reporting allows access to stock information online via a web browser on any smartphone or computer. This web-based inventory reporting feature only requires access to a PC or smartphone with a web browser and access to the Internet. RTITrack delivers standard reporting including: Exception Report ; Matching Report ; Lost Inventory ; Total Inventory ; Moved Assets

RTITrack.io: THE TECHNOLOGY OF CHOICE FOR
RTI MANAGEMENT

Gain automated shipping validation

Data is automatically captured as soon as the asset comes within reading range, completely replacing error-prone manual and paper-based processes. nbound and outbound items are automatically counted as they pass through dock doors. As assets move in and out of the warehouse, the system is updated in real-time without the need for manual scanning.

Not require line of sight

Unlike barcode scanning, RFID does not require line of sight. It can read multiple tags simultaneously without human intervention. So once the system is set up, the cooperation of non-invested players is no longer a requirement—tracking is automatic.

Automate tracking of maintenance, cleaning and repair records

Keeping track of maintenance and repair records is difficult but Smartx RFID Platform eliminates these challenges. As assets move through maintenance and repair processes, passive RFID tags automatically identify them, track the process, and maintain full records.

Increased process efficiency

Manual recording is time-consuming and often inaccurate. RFID tags eliminate the need for manual scanning and counts, removing the possibility of human error. By using the Smartx platform, companies know exactly how many assets they have and how they are deployed.

Identify losses and location of missing assets

When RTIs, such as gas cylinders and metal kegs are not returned, companies must purchase replacements. With Passive RFID, those companies can now identify losses and locate missing assets immediately, eliminating costly replacement expenses.

Alerts and Escalations

The Smartx asset management application generates a variety of important alerts whenever things do not happen as planned. Typical examples of alerts and escalations are that a given returnable container has not moved in the system for a certain number of days. As we have discussed, this can trigger an inquiry when containers are shipped to a supplier, but do not return in time.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The system provides powerful management tools, including reports, graphs, analytics, task lists and lifetime RTI card history. The system also enables control and support of other components like sorting gates, individual movements, in-out messaging board, and others.

Each RTI is equipped with a unique, durable RFID tag that identifies the type and size of the unit, as well as the date it was placed in service and other essential data you need to monitor. Many types of RTIs can be purchased with RFID tags already affixed; or the RFID tags can be quickly, reliably and inexpensively applied to existing RTI fleets. RFID tags are available in many form factors, from adhesive-backed tags to tags specifically designed for ideal application and performance on metal RTIs.

Once an RFID-enabled RTI system is in place, information on the tags can be automatically captured whenever the unit is within range of an RFID reader – whether it is a fixed reader located at a warehouse door or loading dock, a mobile reader mounted on a forklift or pallet jack, or a handheld reader carried into a trading partner’s facility for a quick inventory. Error-prone paper processes are replaced with highly accurate data capture processes including a complete audit trail for regulatory and contractual compliance.

Unlike barcode scanning, RFID does not require line of sight. Multiple tags can be read simultaneously without any human intervention. By completely automating the tracking of RTIs, you get an accurate count of RTIs at any known point in the supply chain, in real time. For some, RFID means greatly improved inventory and tracking accuracy. For others, it can mean having access to inventory data that was never available before because it was simply too costly to generate.

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