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M/A-COM Technology Solutions Announces New Advancement in Sensor-based RFID Forklift Systems

RFID Forklift System, Powered by Impinj Speedway Reader, Promises to Improve Material Handling and Inventory Management Operations.

Seattle, WA January 12, 2009 - M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of innovative microwave and RF design solutions and products, today announced the introduction of the company’s new sensor-based RFID Forklift System. The RFID Forklift System automatically records an RFID tagged pallet’s exact storage location during handling and slotting processes, without requiring the operator to initiate traditional manual data collection methods, resulting in superior accuracy and efficiency throughout the supply chain.

“Our sensor-based RFID Forklift System automates and streamlines materials movement and management tasks,” said Kevin Anderson, Product Line Manager, M/A-COM Technology Solutions. “From increasing inventory accuracy and reducing material losses to processing more pallets per shift while reducing labor costs, this forklift system brings immediate and significant cost savings to the material handling and inventory management operations.”

New or existing forklifts can be retrofitted to work with the M/A-COM Technology Solutions sensor-based RFID Forklift System. The system utilizes an acoustic sensor, broad beam antenna and controller logic to identify an RFID pallet tag after it has been loaded onto the forklift. The System then identifies a pallet storage location, utilizing a narrow beam antenna, laser-height sensor and controller logic to confirm that the specific pallet has been picked up or dropped off at that location. These slotting transactions are fed to the enterprise system via WiFi connectivity. The RFID Forklift unit employs a high-performance Impinj Speedway® reader loaded with fully released and supported forklift firmware.

Forklift systems are an integral part of material handling and inventory management operations. However, the vast majority of forklifts relies solely upon traditional, operator-initiated data collection methods to record all material movement transactions via bar code scanning or keyed entry systems. These methods can be time-consuming and lead to inaccuracies. Organizations that do not have a warehouse management system in place have even greater productivity challenges, requiring employees to scour the aisles searching racks for products. The increased accuracy, time saved from lack of manual labor, and visibility into products’ movements within the warehouse present invaluable advantages that can help accelerate both the RFID and forklift industries.


Please contact M/A-COM Technology Solutions products domestic and international sales channels for price and delivery quotes. Data sheets and supporting technical documents are available online at


M/A-COM Technology Solutions was formed in September of 2008 when Cobham plc acquired the Aerospace & Defense and the Commercial businesses of Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems Segment d.b.a. M/A-COM, Inc. The Commercial business has been incorporated as M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. and provides innovative RF and microwave design solutions and products including:

  • Si, GaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, InP and SiGe IC products
  • nique MMIC processes: HMIC™, GMIC™, MSAG™, iHBT™
  • In-house design, fabrication, assembly and screening capabilities
  • Multiple facilities for improved flexibility and local content manufacturing
  • Design expertise covering the spectrum from RF through millimeter wave frequencies
  • One of the broadest selection of standard and custom products in the industry

The newly incorporated company has nearly 60 years of experience as an industry leading supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave component and technology solutions and is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100 and QS-9000.



Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company employs more than 13,500 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenues approaching some $3B.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

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