OPEX Incorporates RFID Scanning Into Warehouse Sorting Automation

OPEX is adding radio frequency identification scanning to its Sure Sort system in response to customer needs.


OPEX Sure Sort automated small-item sorting system using the iBOT technology.
OPEX is adding RFID scanning to its Sure Sort automation in response to demand from customers for more rapid handling in apparel manufacturing and retail.

OPEX Corp. today said it is expanding the capabilities of its Sure Sort warehouse automation to incorporate radio frequency identification, or RFID. The Moorestown, N.J.-based company said RFID capability will help meet client needs and increase operational speed and efficiency.

“The expansion to RFID is just another example of how we live our values and principles to listen and be responsive to customers’ needs,” said Alex Stevens, president of OPEX Warehouse Automation. “It is another great tool in our growing portfolio of modular and flexible warehouse automation technology and solutions.”

OPEX said it has provided innovative automation for warehouse, document, and mail applications for almost 50 years. With offices in New Jersey, Texas, France, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., and Australia, the company has more than 1,600 employees.

Sure Sort iBOTs scan RFID in response to demand

With increasing labor costs and supply chain challenges, the demand for more responsive warehouse automation technology has never been more crucial, said OPEX. It described Sure Sort as a “scalable, reliable, high-throughput sorting system.”

Distribution centers, retail stores, and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) have relied on Sure Sort for cost-effective and accurate order handling, cross-docking, and reverse logistics, according to the company.

The iBOT robotic delivery vehicles are designed to process up to 2,400 items each hour with as few as three operators. The iBOTS are able to recharge as they travel through the Sure Sort system.

OPEX said it has added the option of RFID scanning capabilities to meet growing demand from clients, especially apparel manufacturers and retailers. Bar codes sometimes get hidden in garments and require additional operator handling, which slows operations, it noted.

Because RFID employs radio waves, scanning does not require a visual connection. In addition to the apparel industry, RFID scanning is popular for cell phone and pharmaceuticals processing, said OPEX.

OPEX to exhibit at NRF 2023

OPEX will be exhibiting at NRF 2023 at the Javits Center in New York from January 15 to 17. The Sure Sort automated putwall will be on display at Booth 769.

Attendees can see a live demonstration as well as meet with automation experts during the expo, said the company.

For nearly five decades, OPEX said it has collaborated closely with clients to develop and engineer customized, scalable automation to solve their most significant business challenges.

OPEX described Sure Sort as a scalable, configurable, and cost-effective small-item robotic sorting system.

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OPEX Sure Sort automated small-item sorting system using the iBOT technology.

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