What is RFID? Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) helps to locate and detect products automatically. it’s a data collection technology that uses wireless signals to collect data from tags (tags- it is attached to an object). The data is also simultaneously broadcast from the cloud to the various distribution systems, aiming to provide real-time tracking and full control.
RFID is an auto-identification technology that is been used in a large number of sectors especially in logistics. Many logistics companies are moving towards modern technologies to maintain accuracy. This new technology is preferred by many logisticians since it aids to accomplish greater processing speeds and reduces the labor cost. Their role contributes majorly to the warehousing/inventory and transportation sectors.
How RFID Works?
RFID is a Largely accepted Technology that is benefitting the manufacturers and other users in many ways possible. Every Product/container in the Inventory is fixed with the tag which can then be read by a device at the receiving end.
RFID is similar to Barcode Technology which is widely popular but it Stands unique because of the capabilities it possesses. Designed in such a way it can read complex/multiple codes whereas Barcode cannot stand multiple codes.
Benefits of RFID in Logistics?
RFID systems offer benefits for businesses of all sizes. Switching to RFID in logistics offers some significant advantages of track the container’s movement in real-time. Here are some of the benefits of RFID:
Asset Management and Tracking
Enables auto asset management which makes the logisticians have accurate data. Traditionally used Barcodes can have only up to 20 characters of data whereas it holds more than 100 characters.
Commodities can be tracked using the RFID tag attached to the containers. This not only tracks the status of the successful shipments but also helps to recover the lost shipments.
With the help of the close observance provided by RFID, it is easy to identify the operations and actions being done from time to time.
RFID aids greatly to improve productivity by reducing human intervention. Barcodes can be read one by one by any individual(time-consuming) whereas RFID accelerates the process by allowing to read up to 200 codes simultaneously(reduced labor cost and effort). In addition to this, there is no fear of Code missing or loss during the transportation or any other works. RFID is resistant to water and other chemical exposures which makes the Id last longer till it reaches its destination(Robust).
Improved Data Quality
If you are dealing with a large number of products, then it would be difficult to maintain accurate data all the time manually. Since RFID is automatic, this reduces the possibility of error and captures accurate data. Report generation and maintenance would be easier using RFID technology.
Last but not least, some more benefits of RFID in logistics are,
- Reduces the time and operating costs.
- Improving data accuracy.
- Increased speed and agility in locating the products.
- Less human resources required.
- Enhanced quality and traceability.
- Reduce the operation process.
- Increase efficiency and cut-down reworks.
Challenges Faced by RFID
- Overpriced when compared to other technologies.
- Higher Implementation cost.
- Takes a longer time to implement.
- Tedious to deal with metals and liquids.
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