Lars Thuring: Logopak was founded 40 years ago as a 'garage company' by an Englishman and a Dutchman. Within a few years, they changed direction from being a machine builder to focus on 'print and apply' barcode labellers. Initially, software and electronics from Sweden were used, but in 1989, when the company had around 35 employees, the development of Logopak in-house software was started. This was introduced into the market and followed by subsequent generations in 1999 and 2010. The first high-frequency RFID-capable systems were introduced in 2000, with ultra-high frequency RFID (RAIN) following in 2004. Today, Logopak has more than 250 employees and is a part of Possehl's identification solutions unit.
RAIN RFID offers many advantages over barcode-based systems. For one thing, they do require having a line of sight to the product. Barcodes are mostly read from a specific place on an item. RAIN RFID allows reading through packages, and is less sensitive to dirt or labels being in the wrong place. The tags are also easier and faster to read. At the same time, RAIN tags can be read in bulk. This means that it is possible to read a high number of tags at the same time.
Furthermore, RFID tags can be equipped with sensors for temperature, humidity and more. This allows the inclusion of sensor data in the information being read. The ability to change and update the information on the tags, and to encrypt all or parts of it, are additional benefits.
Because Logopak develops these solutions in-house, one of our strengths is that we can include and integrate new technologies or features whenever we decide to. In addition to the machineside of the business, we also provide middleware for integrating our solutions into the customer's enterprise resource planning or manufacturing execution system.
We are continuously developing new products and adapting our organisation to handle new challenges. Logopak works with leading RFID solution providers and organisations worldwide. Together, we provide industrial-grade solutions for logistics, supply chain management and transparency for many different types of companies.
We analyse their requirements and listen to their ideas. There has been a positive change over the past few years, and companies generally have a good knowledge of RFID technology and what they want to achieve with it. It is not uncommon that the first pilot is done by the customer on their own.
We see ourselves as an 'auto ID' solution provider with proven solutions in the field, and aim to be a long-term partner with our customers. Initially, we provide the whole solution, from machines to software and consumables to service. We also provide highavailability solutions, as required by our customers.
The term 'internet of things' is loosely used for any concept that includes communication to objects, and RAIN RFID is a key technology in the sector. It is the cheapest communication technology, does not require batteries, and is supported by worldwide standards from GS1 and ISO. Its use is already widespread: the success of RAIN RFID in the fashion industry is indisputable and it has also been used in the automotive industry for many years. Meanwhile, in the aviation sector, the International Air Transport Association has just decided to base all its baggage tracking on RAIN RFID. Logopak will continue to support and develop products for new technologies to not only adapt these ourselves, but also to allow our customers to integrate the new and exciting technologies in their organisations.