Tracing Paper Roll ensures SCA can Check – Write – Transfer – Convert & Reuse

40.000 paper rolls, 5 processes altogether 200.000 automatic RFID transactions

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"The error prone barcode process was given a real update and RFID now enables tracing paper roll(s) in 5 key processes for intralogistics thus offering SCA full warehouse visibility."



stock levels


manual errors

Significant improvement on

data quality
The Customer Challenge

SCA tissue factories produce tissue paper from pulp and then convert it into products like toilet or kitchen paper within the same factory. This means, that within the factory, there is a buffer stock of thousands of tambour reels which weigh 2,5 tons each. This buffer stock was not managed in a Warehouse Management System (WMS) thus, leading to warehouse level errors in the manual bookkeeping. The material consumption to the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) was based on error prone manual barcode processes. SCA’s target was to improve the material movement traceability and stock level accuracy of the in-house process.



The Turck Vilant Systems Solution

SCA, at its tissue factory in Le Theil, France, decided to introduce warehouse management into the tambour reel process and automate the warehouse transactions with RFID. SAP WMS was chosen as the WMS system and Vilant provided the RFID infrastructure for tracing paper roll(s) . The system is based on UHF Gen2 RFID tags, which are integrated into reusable cardboard cores of tambour reels. The product and item codes are written into the RFID tag of the core at the paper machine. Warehouse movements are tracked with RFID enabled forklifts that both identify the tambour reel and the storage location from the floor tags. The conversion machines and cut points with RFID readers allocate both the consumption to certain production runs and track the consumption of a reel. All RFID transactions are integrated into SCA’s MES and SAP WMS.

The RFID Solution includes

  • Vilant RFID Read stations running Vilant Engine application
  • Vilant RFID Forklift readers with touchscreen running Vilant Client application
  • Clamp and floor location readers




  1. Annually 40 000 reels are processed in 5 process steps, thus 200 000 MES/WMS transactions were automated with RFID.
  2. No manual material movement processing to systems.
  3. Significantly increased data quality for material availability and consumption allocation.


RFID System Implementation at SCA

SCA is a leading global provider of sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in about 100 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and regional brands, such as Lotus, Libresse, Tempo and Libero. As Europe’s largest private forest owner, SCA places considerable emphasis on sustainable forest management. The Group has about 36,000 employees and sales in 2012 amounted to SEK 85bn (EUR 9.8bn).

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