Benefits of RFID
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a form of wireless communication that uses radio waves to identify and track items. RFID is ideal for harsh environments because RFID tags and readers have no moving parts and require no maintenance. RFID tags can be read, and carry larger amounts of data compared to other identification systems.
They can also be programmed and reprogrammed, making them a dynamic part of a data collection solution where barcodes are printed once and then must be reprinted each time the information changes. Unlike bar codes, RFID tags are virtually impossible to copy or counterfeit.
The tag can be read and communicate back in milliseconds, and also read multiple tags at once, making it a much faster method than bar code.
RFID provides the ability to:
- Identify an item beyond just its product type
- Identify items without direct line-of-sight
- Identify many items (up to 1,000s) simultaneously
- Identify items within a vicinity of between a few feet to several yards
Why Use RFID?
RFID can tell you what an object is, where it is, and even its condition, which makes it particular helpful in applications such as manufacturing. For example, an RFID tag might be programmed to alert personnel when maintenance is due on a piece of equipment, or on which truck a particular product needs to be loaded for shipment.
RFID use is increasing rapidly with the capability to “tag” any item with an inexpensive communications chip and then read that tag with a reader. Applications range from supply chain management to asset tracking to authentication of frequently counterfeited pharmaceuticals.
- Automate inventory and asset-tracking in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and business sectors
- Identify the source of products, and whether or not the product is defective, expired, etc.
- Limit use of counterfeit products in the supply chain
- Improve asset visibility and traceability
- Eliminate manual processes and reduce instance of errors
- Provide better data for management and monitoring of processes
- Offers greater visibility into your operations, which can lower costs and improve efficiency.
Getting Started with RFID
Implementing RFID into your application requires planning and expertise. The first step is to find a solution provider who is skilled in RFID implementation in your industry; this will add value to the service they provide as they work to meet the ultimate goals and objectives for your application.
Installing a system requires basic hardware-including tag chips, tag antennas, readers, and reader antennas-as well as reader control and application software, which your solution provider will help you select and deploy.
Considering RFID but not sure how to take that next step? We can help you put together a strategy that will optimize your processes, improve productivity and control costs without exceeding your budget. A good place to start is with a site assessment to determine your basic requirements. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.