RFID asset tracking solutions are driving operational performance in the factory and warehouse, automating inventory management, and going beyond barcode limitations.
Industrial RFID technology enables inventory management in complex workflows and lifecycles, whether closed-loop or open-loop.
THE CHALLENGES OF
Inventories operate in complex environments:
Global - Supply chains are developing on a global scale, multiplying the number of stakeholders
Interoperability - Complex integration with existing systems (Supply Chain, ERP...), across stakeholders and geographies
Data - Constant flow of data required to deliver real-time visibility and enable end-to-end traceability
Capacity - Ability for automated warehouses to process large volumes at high speed
USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEM FOR INVENTORY TRACKING
What to be aware of when building an RFID system for inventory tracking?
RFID labels are used to identify inventory and goods and may be attached at the item or container level:
Select tags offering flexible tagging options (adhesives, hang, zip tie, magnet...) will ensure a variety of attachment and mounting options for maximum compatibility in any configuration
Look for RF performance on any surfaces, including metal, plastic, and wood
Go for RFID tags and labels with unique serial numbers. The right industrial RFID printer will help automate the printing and encoding of RFID labels
Prioritize labels that are printable on-site to facilitate deployment, and that provide hybrid readability with texts and barcodes
Look for global frequency options if operating on a global scale
Ensure a range of sizes and form factors to fit every asset and business needs
Data collection is automated with RFID readers positioned at strategic points to follow the movement of goods throughout the factory, the warehouse, or the distribution center:
Fixed RFID readers such as portals or overhead scanners will provide the coverage required for data collection automation without hindering the workflow
Mobile RFID readers add flexibility to the workflow by allowing for checks and data capture on the spot
Specialized 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 for optimal read zones
Hardware with embedded software adds intelligence on the floor while minimizing change management
RFID RTI TRACKING
Returnable Transport Items (RTI) are essential to manufacturing and logistics, with all types of containers used to move goods and materials.
RFID tracking solutions provide real-time status, condition, and location to solve common problems such as RTI shrinkage and supply chain inefficiencies. Organizations can account for the real-time status of an item's condition and location by integrating hardware and software into the standard flow of their RTI equipment.
RFID AUTOMATED INVENTORY
Warehouse automation provides a significant competitive advantage by creating visibility into materials and parts.
Industries are deploying RFID-based automation solutions 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.
RFID IN SUPPLY CHAIN
RFID tracking 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 IN TRANSPORTATION
Manufacturers optimize their transportation and logistics with RFID technology and use it to connect with their distributors and customers.
They use RFID for greater inventory accuracy and faster order processing, from yard management automation to logistics and transportation. RFID Systems are used to automate workflows, processes, as well as data collection, helping identify bottlenecks, adjust schedules, and improve supply chain visibility.