Many manufactures balk at the upfront costs of automated barcode data collection software. But a look at manual data entry reveals hidden costs. These costs can be significantly reduced by automatic identification and data capture (AIDC). Production managers seek ways to measure and impact efficiency and costs. AIDC does this in several ways at a cost that is repaid over time. Automated barcode software or RFID technology improves efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Specifically, this happens through real-time reporting. Real-time data allows easier and faster identification of inefficiencies. One example of this is inventory. Performing this task via bar code scanning is faster than manual counting. Also, barcode label scanning eliminates inaccuracies resulting from human error. This in itself improves efficiency and reduces cost.
Barcode scanning allows more accurate ordering, less waste, and prevention of overstock. Collecting data automatically takes this elimination of human error beyond inventory. There are no more mistakes from handwriting, or from inexperienced or multi-tasking employees.
Automation also cuts supply chain costs and is good for the environment. Supplies required for manual record keeping are no longer necessary. Paper records are now on a computer, saving storage space. This can impact required office and warehouse space and leasing costs.
Automating how employees report their working time simplifies labor tracking. This allows streamlined analysis of hours worked departments and pay levels. As a result, you can quickly identify possible changes to improve efficiency.
Some may question the initial cost of an automated data collection system. But the cost pales in comparison to the immediate reduction of other costs. AIDC also provides immediate improvements in efficiency. Overall, it’s an investment that will more than pay for itself in the long run.