Item level identification
& visibility

Coriel’s connected technologies gives you instant access

to essential digital information, facilitating production


Item level identification & visibility

When you combine consumable-level pricing of RFID tags with reliable long-range reading solutions, pervasive mobile data, cloud computing, Internet of Things, and block chain, you can see why item level identification and visibility is becoming commonplace across a range of industries – and not just retail.

The Coriel item level identification & visibility solution has been developed based on years of experience and successful installations and now forms an integral part of most of the projects we undertake. At its most basic level, the solution provides a reliable way to read unique items quickly and reliably and then establish what the item is, where it’s been and more.

Why would you want to identify and track items

benefit from

Accurate monitoring of current and historic location of items

Probably the most widely used and successful use case of item-level identification is to understand where a particular item is right now and maintain a transactional history of where it has been. Read about our partner Close Brothers who rely on our item-level identification solution to understand which customers currently have their returnable kegs and how many times they’ve been used.

benefit from

Finding specific items when lost or amongst thousands of others

The need to locate specific items is a use case that we see all the time. Within the industrial sectors we specialise in, this requirement is usually linked to safety or warranty, both of which can have significant cost implications. We provide our item-identification solution into several applications within the rail industry, where reliably identifying a single faulty axle on a train, for example, can save days in lost productivity and potentially prevent catastrophic events down the line.

benefit from

Streamlined, on-demand production of items

For modern production facilities, where the next item down the line is almost certainly unique, it’s critical to be able to identify them at item-level. Our item-level & visibility solution can provide operators with the essential information needed to facilitate a streamlined production process, including jobs that need to be completed, components that need to be fitted or bespoke options specified by the customer.

Create a
powerful link between physical items and

Hold essential
digital information on the item for instant access

Facilitate the
on-demand production of items

Why our customers choose us

We specialise in helping our customers identify items that are typically difficult to find due to the material they are made from, the content held within the item, the environment they are used within or even their size and the speed at which they travel. The benefits of using RFID for item identification are now well understood, but the presence of metal, liquids, oils, dirt and grime can still present huge challenges to the reliable performance of systems – all areas that we have a huge amount of experience in.

Where is this solution being used?


Rail & Freight

  • Improve safety by identifying problems ahead of time

  • Connect vehicles & parts with online maintenance records

  • Gain real-time notifications of vehicle arrivals

  • Identify parts & assemblies to component level


Returnable assets

  • Gain complete visibility of your entire asset pool
  • Facilitate per-movement charging to customers
  • Maintain digital records of usage & maintenance
  • Run proactive maintenance, washing & repairs



  • Streamline production and enable JIT manufacturing

  • Optimise returnable assets around the supply chain

  • Operate virtual stock locations and VMI

  • Maintain online records of components & assemblies


Oil & gas

  • Monitor & manage the location & health of pipes

  • Hold accurate digital records of maintenance & repair

  • Ensure authenticity & compliance of assets & components

  • Track people, tools and critical assets

Success stories

The Alstom TrainScanner system quickly analyses the condition of critical parts on engines, carriages and freight vehicles as they drive though the portal. Coriel provide the critical identification technology for this project.

Operating over 2.5 million returnable kegs for the brewing industry is a huge challenge, which is made significantly easier through the use of Coriel identification and tracking solutions.

Contraload are one of the industry leaders in the provision and management of returnable packaging. We work closely with the team to implement their digital tracking solutions.

VTG manage over 95,000 railcars within their wagon hire fleet using solutions from Coriel that help ensure each car is inspected & maintained to the highest standard for their customers.

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Component / Assembly Identification

  • Ensure assemblies contain the correct parts

  • Manage auditable maintenance

  • Handle complex product recalls


Vendor-Managed Inventory

  • Reduce low-volume transportation costs

  • Manage your cashflow

  • Virtually eliminate dedicated stock-taking


Safety & compliance

  • Build a complete audited history of an item

  • Quickly trace items in the event of emergency

  • Access critical safety information


Production line visibility

  • Track the status of your WIP items

  • Reduce hold-ups across the production line

  • Identify bottlenecks and quickly rectify


Stock Management 

  • Understand your stock levels

  • Reduce your overall stock holding

  • Increase accuracy of manual stock counts


Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

  • Accurately track your tools

  • Carry out automated maintenance checks

  • Ensure maintenance accuracy


Warranty & post sales management

  • Verify warranty covered items

  • Link physical items with cloud based documentation

  • Introduce alerts on out-of-warranty events

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