Technical standards

EPIS tackles technical topics on an as-needed basis.

An example of technical standard collaboration was the creation of industry guidelines for radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking for the pulp supply chains. 


The market pulp producers want RFID to become the identification technology of choice in all parts of the global pulp supply chain.


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to a wireless system comprised of two components: tags and readers. The reader is a device that has one or more antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tag. The tag is a light-weight repulpable label with a water-soluble adhesive and a lead-free metal alloy antenna conductor.




Key Process Steps


RFID is the enabler of digital collaboration between all parties of the supply chain


·       RFID tags are applied to pulp units in pulp mills

·       RFID tags are scanned during loading and discharging in all nodes of the supply chain

·       Securing clean water

·       RFID tags provide customers real-time inventory and quality data




Benefits to producers


Benefits in logistics


Benefits to customers


Benefits for the entire supply chain


Related links

GS1 RFID guidelines for pulp industry

Papinet message schemas for B2B integration in forest industry

Repulpability test: TAPPI UM-213, procedure A


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