Yara

Big Bag on track

The RFID implementation has provided Yara with a 100% legal compliance of the regulations as well as full control over end-to-end production and delivery process of each asset at any given time, from factory to farm.

"100% legal compliance of the regulations as well as full control over end-to-end production and delivery process of each asset"

Benefits

Legal Compliance

of global traceability directives (e.g. GMP, EU 2008/43/EG, etc)

100%

visibility

Harmonized

supply chain processes

Identification of

individual Big Bags on fork
Legal Compliance and streamlined supply chain

Chemicals transported in Big Bags need to comply with global traceability requirements as well as legal obligations. These directives (such as GMP, FEEM and EU Directive 2008/43/EG) require visibility and traceability of the supply chain of fertilizers, food&feed grade as well as industrial products. Challenged by manual and partly inconsistent supply chain processes, Yara needed a system less prone for human error.

Yara worked together with Turck Vilant Systems in the implementation of a more technology-enabled operating model and introduced the use of RFID instead of barcodes, which are cumbersome to identify by sight. Using RFID enables Yara to trace the origin as well as the content of each individual Big Bag.

 

RFID powering up the system

Yara, realizing that many supply chain tasks such as handling of big bags and manual tracking were likely to result in errors, investigated potential technologies that would help prevent errors. RFID as a technology was chosen as it is easy to apply to Big Bags, allows automatic identification of individual items, yet requires no line-of-sight and offered a reliable system.

The end of each production line has been equipped to encode RFID tags to Yara Big Bags. This automatically matches the RFID tag with the content of the Big Bag as well as manufacturing batch information. Furthermore, payloaders, forklift trucks and tractors are equipped with RFID readers.

 

 

What's on the fork?

Forklift trucks and payloaders are equipped with RFID equipment and software developed especially for forklift use. The smart algorythms detect for example which Yara Big Bags are currently held on the fork of a forklift truck when they are moved around the Yara estate for warehousing purposes. Furthermore as the Yara Big Bags are loaded for transport, again the smart algorythms are used to identify just the Big Bags that are shipped to customers, ensuring their traceability at this stage too.

 

Full control over delivery process

The RFID implementation has provided Yara with a 100% legal compliance of the regulations as well as full control over end-to-end production and delivery process of each asset at any given time, from factory to farm. Yara can easily track, trace and if necessary, call-back individual big bags.

 

 

Yara is a Norwegian chemical company producing nitrogen based chemical products. Yara’s turnover is 10 billion €, has 16 000 employees, production in six continents and operation more than in 50 countries.