From improved data analytics to raised safety standards and security systems, RFID is helping businesses transform across a multitude of sectors – Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, Transportation, Retail and much more.
In recent years, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has become very common in almost all industrial setups. People can track and trace their assets, human resources, products and even the flow of a manufacturing process. RFID has been around for ages but recent technological developments have allowed an improved tag design. This is a very cost efficient design. Many sectors that did not adopt this technology earlier are quickly converting to RFID based tracking.
The RFID tags are called transponders and they send information to the RFID interrogators which capture the information via radio waves and send it across a server. The main benefit is that unlike a vision-based system for bar code readers, RFID does not require any direct line of sight to identify objects.
A wide range of products can be tracked using High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency RFID systems through the entire supply chain with increased accuracy and timeliness.
Many industrial facilities are incorporating RFID into their growing mix of automated solutions.
The top 5 benefits of RFID in Supply Chain Management are as follows:
IMPROVED DATA TRANSPARENCY
When accurate data can be accessed at all times, it helps avoid minor inefficiencies. It is the best way to implement a system that provides results with the highest rate of reliability by using the concept of ‘distributed data.’ Distributed data is nothing but live data that is attached to an object directly and can be automatically modified at various checkpoints.
EASE OF IMPLEMENTING MANUFACTURING PROCESSES THAT ARE FLEXIBLE
In order to see a rise in flexible production processes, there must be flexibility in the content and delivery of data to the various manufacturing cells. The process must be able to accommodate and also respond to a higher inflow of changing data. RFID is used for this purpose – to reliably read and write data to the tag of an object in real time.
INCREASE ACCURACY OF INVENTORIES WHILE SAVING TIME
Nobody can count their inventory manually if their operations are large. It is a tedious process and very time consuming. A single error could lead to several inaccuracies. RFID can help solve this by reducing or eliminating the need for manual work. It can provide immediate and significant improvements in inventory tracking. This directly impacts the customer’s experience and it can also lead to increased sales.
ABILITY TO TRACK AND TRACE IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS
RFID can reliably track and trace even in challenging physical environments. RFID does not need a direct line of sight to the object’s tag unlike standard bar code labels. The labels have been replaced now with encapsulated RFID tags that cannot be destroyed in extreme environmental conditions such as high humidity, extreme temperature changes, chemical exposure or exposure to paint and rough handling. All these can destroy the paper bar code labels but not RFID.
CUT DOWN OF REWORK AND INCREASED EFFICIENCY
In closed loop systems, RFID can be particularly advantageous as reusable transport mechanisms are used. Observation and close monitoring of products and processes are done in real time so quick action is taken if there are contingencies. Process improvements can be done in a quick and timely manner to save quality standards with laser point precision leading to cost efficiencies.
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