Zimmer Ohio to Use RFID to Manage Orthopedic Products - Produced by RFID Enabled Solutions in Dublin
The distributor of replacement joints is automating its order-fulfillment and inventory-tracking processes, and expects to recoup its investment within a year.
Zimmer Ohio, which has exclusive rights to sell and distribute orthopedic products and instruments manufactured by Zimmer Inc., is installing an RFID system that it expects will reduce the labor hours of its inventory staff by several hours a day, while also increasing the visibility of its high-value items as they are shipped to hospitals and then returned.
Zimmer Ohio provides Zimmer's line of orthopedic implants and surgery tools to Ohio-area hospitals. Typically, when a surgeon schedules a surgical procedure, such as a hip replacement, the hospital at which he or she works may place an order with Zimmer Ohio for numerous implantable parts that might possibly be used during such an operation, as well as trays containing the appropriate surgical instruments. It is not uncommon for
|A cart loaded with the trays and implantable devices is rolled into a custom-designed RFID tunnel.|
There is no room for shipment errors by Zimmer Ohio when it comes to implants or tools used in surgery, says John Reese, the inventory operations manager at Zimmer Ohio's Columbus warehouse. For that reason, the company employs inventory specialists who spend hours every day checking over each order to ensure the correct inventory is sent in each shipment. The items are checked four times before being transported to a hospital.
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For several years, Zimmer Ohio had sought an automated solution that would reduce the time it spent ensuring each shipment was in order. But when
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