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Bringing automation to the warehouse, production facility, and distribution and fulfillment center.
RFID inventory tracking for Intralogistics brings automation to the warehouse, production facility, and distribution and fulfillment center.
Intralogistics RFID systems improve inventory accuracy and order processing speed, from yard management automation to shipping and transportation. They are used to automate workflows, procedures, and data collection, assisting in the identification of bottlenecks, adjusting schedules, and improving supply chain visibility.
RFID technology provides real-time visibility for all inventories of materials, parts, RTIs, and Work-In-Process throughout their lifecycle. It helps businesses overcome the challenges of barcodes in automating item tracking, identification, and tracing, as well as to increase the reach of their production and warehouse management systems (WMS).
Warehouse RFID solutions help automate every step of warehouse management from acceptance into inventory through to storage location and issuance. Interoperable with the WMS, usage data is automatically captured during every workflow and lifecycle and feeds into analytics for better inventory management and purchasing decisions.
Lean manufacturing operations rely on high-performing supply chains for just-in-time supplies. Warehouse RFID solutions accelerate the reception of components and materials and their registration into inventory. All incoming goods can be RFID tagged at reception or provided with RFID identification by the supplier.
RFID tags for inventory can be implemented for each individual item or at the container level, using the organization’s identification system and materials typology. The same systems also help accelerate the issuance and transfer of materials, while providing accurate availability in real-time.
Warehouse management involves annual and regular inventory audits that are labor-intensive. RFID helps greatly simplify the counting procedures, ensuring effective inventory control.
Intralogistics systems operate in complex environments that come with specific challenges.
RFID inventory tracking systems deployed in Intralogistics are all about automating data capture in order to reduce workload and increase data accuracy. The whole organization will depend on the data generated to effectively: Control the flow of goods, Adjust stocks in the ERP, Trigger new orders, Locate where the goods are and where are they going, Optimize overall business processes.
Intralogistics automation systems employ RFID readers to enable data capture automation, strategically placing them at choke points to track the movement of items around the warehouse, production facility, and distribution center:
Fixed RFID readers are installed on dock doors, gates, and portals to offer the coverage needed for data capture while not hindering workflows.
These read points can also be mounted on forklifts and vehicles, and they can be complemented with overhead and mobile readers, which add flexibility to the workflow by allowing for on-the-spot checks and data capturing.
There are turn-key solutions available for particular processes including acceptance, dispatch, check-in-check-out.
Data accuracy is achieved by designing read zones with precise positioning and calibration for data gathering over long and/or short distances and at high speed while preventing stray reads.
Hardware with embedded software that integrates with both WMS and ERP is available, bringing intelligence to the floor while minimizing change management.
RFID tags for inventory come in a variety of durability and cost-effectiveness levels, allowing all materials, parts, consumables, RTIs, and work-in-process inventories to be identified and tracked at either the item or the container level:
Wide range of form factors to fit every inventory item in terms of sizes and read ranges.
RF performance can be optimized for any surface, including metal, plastic, and wood.
Unique serial numbers are a key requirement and can be handled by the manufacturer’s service bureau or encoded using RFID equipment.
Adhesives, hang ties, zip ties, magnets, screws, and other mounting options will provide maximum flexibility and durability in any configuration.