RFID Inventory Systems

RFID systems that enable efficient and accurate inventory management in warehouse and intralogistics

When it comes to warehouse and production environments, RFID systems help automate workflows, procedures, and data collection.

The technology provides an effective solution to manage the inventory flow and information across the warehouse, production, and shipment, for better inventory management and purchasing decisions.

 

Supply chains span the globe, multiplying the number of stakeholders and adding to the overall complexity of inventory management. Production, on the other hand, relies on complex procedures and systems (WMS, ERP, Supply Chain Management, etc.).

 

RFID makes a difference by functioning at high speeds and capacities while allowing for automated tracking, identification, and tracing down to item-level.

Impact of RFID Inventory Systems

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>99% Inventory Accuracy

Improved item identification and tracking: RFID technology enables swift and automated data capture, reducing manual efforts and errors in inventory tracking.

10x Faster Inventory Audits

Reduce audit cycle times from days to hours.

+30% Inventory Turnover

Reduced carrying costs and improved cash flow: RFID tracking helps optimizing stock levels and replenishment strategies, reducing excess inventory and stockouts.

40-60% Less Manual Labor

Reduce hours spent on data entry and scanning tasks.

30-50% Faster Receiving

Allow for faster verification of incoming shipments and quicker integration into inventory.

Inventory Management at Item-Level with RFID

While barcodes require perfect circumstances to operate, RFID operates in environments deemed too harsh, such as where dirt or wear-and-tear would make line-of-sight elusive.

RFID tags come in various levels of durability and cost-effectiveness. This allows all materials, parts, consumables, containers, and work-in-process inventories to be identified and tracked at either the item or the container level:

  1. Wide range of form factors from RFID labels to rugged tagged, to fit every inventory item in terms of sizes and read ranges.

  2. RF performance can be optimized for any surface, including metal, plastic, and wood.

  3. Adhesives, hang ties, zip ties, magnets, screws, and other mounting options will provide maximum flexibility and durability in any configuration.

Unique serial numbers are a key requirement and can be handled by the manufacturer’s service bureau or encoded using RFID equipment. Likewise, printed RFID labels will greatly simplify deployment and offer hybrid readability when custom printed with texts and barcodes.

Tracking Reusable Transport Packaging with RFID

Bulk bins, containers, and pallets can all be tracked with inventory RFID tags.

Warehouse Automation with RFID Readers

RFID readers are strategically placed at choke points to track the movement of items around the warehouse and production facility:

  1. On dock doors, gates, and portals to offer the coverage needed for data capture while not hindering workflows.
  2. On forklifts and vehicles.
  3. Overhead and mobile readers to add flexibility to the workflow by allowing for on-the-spot checks and data capturing.

Turn-key solutions are also available for particular processes, including acceptance, dispatch, check-in-check-out.

Which Warehouse Management Systems Work With RFID

All leading warehouse management systems are interoperable with RFID.

The inventory management software provides the user interface for monitoring and managing inventory data collected through the RFID system. It processes and presents real-time information about item locations, quantities, movement, and status. Inventory management software may also include features like reporting, analytics, alerts, and integration with other business systems.

As for middleware, it serves as the bridge between RFID hardware and software applications. It manages tag data, filters and processes it, and then sends relevant information to the inventory management software. Middleware ensures smooth integration between the physical RFID and digital software layers.

Improving Inventory Accuracy

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.

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.

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