Segezha Packaging (SP) introduced an intelligent packaging solution, a paper sack with an integrated communication tag known as RFID. According to the announcement, the solution developed by the R&D team from Segezha Packaging (BU Europe) the equipment required for the tag’s application has been successfully installed at Segezha Packaging’s production facility in Achern, Germany. The first mass-production of the smart paper sack is scheduled to start in September 2017.
The new technology allows very fast, contactless and error-free product identification. This can be used for internal logistics optimization and external tracking processes. For enhanced intelligence there is the possibility to add a unique QR code, which can be used for anti-counterfeit purposes as well as a marketing and communications tool.
Segezha Packaging’s technical experts are confident that the process of becoming “smart” is hitting one of the most conventional industries – pulp and paper – will only scale up. After entering the 4th industrial revolution (also known as an Industry 4.0), the creation and integration of smart technologies into the production process is a key element for the company’s success.
Kamil Zakirov, Segezha Group CEO, commented:
“The peculiarity of the industrial market is not to focus on keeping up with trends, but rather outperform them. The new solutions derive from those adopted before. We are set to create the product of tomorrow, sophisticate it, following the end customer needs and finally sell not just the sack but rather customer-tailored all-round solution.”
RFID (radio-frequency identification) is a form of wireless communication that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag. The system is equipped with a transponder, a small computer chip with antenna that stores the EPC (Electronic Product Code). As a consequence of the safe location of RFID tag, which is located inside the sack construction it can be used in different environmental conditions
About Segezha Group:
The company is one of the largest Russian forest industry holdings with the vertically integrated structure and a full cycle of logging and added-value wood processing. The holding comprises Russian and European enterprises in the forest, wood processing and pulp and paper industries, as well as paper packaging. Segezha is ranked: No. 1 in Russia (52%) and No, 2 in Europe (16,5%) for paper sack production, No. 1 in Russia (71%) and No. 4 in Europe in terms of high-quality unbleached sack paper production , No. 5 in Russia and the world’s No. 7 for large-sized birch plywood production, No. 1 in Russia for sawn timber production – 904 thousand cubic meters per year, and No. 1 in Russia for glulam house sets – the volume stands at 25,5 thousand cubic meters per year.