Industrial RFID Systems for
RFID Inventory tracking systems are driving operational performance in the Warehouse and the Supply Chain, with Industrial RFID tags used to enable automation and go beyond the limitations of barcodes.
Likewise, Manufacturing operations relying on closed- or open-loop inventory systems use Industrial RFID to track complex workflows and lifecycles.
THE CHALLENGES OF
Inventories operate in complex environments:
Global - Supply Chains developing on a global scale, multiplying the number of stakeholders
Interoperability - Complex integration with systems and software
Data - Constant flow of data required to deliver traceability and real-time visibility
Capacity - Ability for warehouses to process large volumes at high speed
USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEM
What should you be aware of when building an RFID system for Inventory?
RFID Tags and Labels:
Flexible tagging systems (adhesive, hang, tie, zip, magnet...): Qualifying tags offering a large variety of attachment options will ensure maximum compatibility in any configuration
RF performance on any surface (metal, plastic, wood...)
Global frequency options
Human and computer-friendly: Tags printable on-site with texts and barcodes to provide hybrid readability
Range of sizes and form factors to suit every asset and business needs
Hardware and Software:
Interoperable with existing systems (Supply Chain, ERP...) is key
Fixed RFID readers such as portals or overhead scanners will provide the coverage required for workflow automation
Mobile RFID readers add flexibility to the workflow by allowing for checks and data capture on the spot
Dedicated solutions are available for dedicated positions and processes, such as Goods acceptance, Dispatch, Check-In-Check-Out, etc
Performance in the field requires careful positioning and calibration of the RFID readers
Hardware with embedded software add intelligence on the floor, while minimizing change management
SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY
RFID Systems bring visibility and traceability to supply chain management.
Lean manufacturing operations rely on high-performing supply chains for just-in-time supplies.
And with typical supply chains stretching around the globe and involving 100s of suppliers, maintaining full traceability can prove a challenge without the right system.
RFID systems for Warehouse and Inventory automation provide a significant competitive advantage by creating visibility across operations.
A number of industries are deploying RFID-based automation systems that cover every part, component, material, consumables, from acceptance into inventory, through storage location and dispatch. They are primarily designed to deliver optimal availability for operations.
However, these systems are also seen as an answer to the challenge of rising inventory costs: The usage data automatically captured during every workflow and lifecycle provide the big data analytics required for better inventory management and purchasing decisions.
Returnable Transport Items (RTI) are central to logistics and industrial operations. Crates, bins, totes, skids, pallets: All types of containers are used to move goods and materials.
RFID systems are used to solve common problems such as RTI shrinkage and supply chain inefficiencies, by providing real-time status, condition, and location.
LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION
RFID systems are used by manufacturers to connect with their distributors and customers.
Transportation and logistics companies use them to deliver greater inventory accuracy and faster order processing.