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3 Ways RFID Automates Your Manufacturing

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is a powerful means of tracking warehouse production in real-time. Here are just a few ways in which RFID technology can automate standard manufacturing processes:

  1. Inventory Management
  2. Compliance
  3. Security

 

Rather than relying on manually scanning barcodes, RFID tags communicate wirelessly with RFID readers to automatically relay information about an item’s status. Able to account for items up to 300 feet away, RFID systems can read multiple tags at once.

And, since they needn’t be directly in the sight of a reader, RFID can turn a manufacturing operation into a truly wireless workflow. By replacing manual tasks, RFID eliminates error-prone processes with automated solutions that deliver higher accuracy, efficiency, and speed. Here are 3 ways RFID automates manufacturing processes:

Inventory management

From the largest pieces of equipment to the tiniest bin of parts, accurately accounting for items throughout a manufacturing facility is essential for any efficient operation. But relying on manual methods of tracking items throughout a warehouse leaves significant room for human errors. This can quickly add up to costly mistakes.

Fortunately, RFID systems can automatically track items throughout a shop floor. Eliminating paper from the entire process, wireless scanners can track RFID tags anywhere in a warehouse. And because tags are reusable, RFID-equipped items can be reused or repurposed to quickly accommodate new workflows.  Whether used for asset management, like RTIs, or to track products and inventory, RFID can prove beneficial.

Compliance

In highly regulated manufacturing sectors, such as food and pharmaceuticals, properly adhering to government regulations is a critical requirement. Not only do many regulations ensure that products are manufactured with consumer health and safety in mind, but they also carry hefty fines and penalties if ignored.

Integrating RFID tags throughout the production process can automate many tasks directly related to compliance. From monitoring equipment to reporting on production status, RFID tags can create an easy-to-decipher trail. This enables manufacturers to understand how, where, and when a particular product was created.

Security

Maintaining secure facilities can be a difficult challenge for any manufacturing facility. Whether it’s protecting trade secrets, intellectual property, or the physical safety of shop floor workers, all manufacturers must contend with fostering safe, secure environments.

RFID tags can help automate the security process. Users and machines equipped with RFID tags and readers can be used for wireless verification. This ensures that only authorized individuals can gain access to particular areas or equipment. Rather than relying on staff members to memorize passwords, RFID authentication can make implementing important security measures a smooth, invisible process.

RFID Expertise

Throughout the supply chain, RFID can be used to reduce loss, manage assets and increase productivity. Is the time right to implement an RFID tracking system? If so, the experts at Radley can help you find the right RFID solution for your company.

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