Common Applications of RFID Technology

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January 10, 2019 litum

Common Applications of RFID Technology

Most Common Applications Of RFID Technology

Passive RFID is an extremely flexible system used by a spectrum of business types for monitoring and managing people, assets, and inventory. This technology allows librarians to keep track of books on their shelves, mining companies to monitor mine workers, and retailers to replenish their shelf stock. RFID is an inexpensive solution that can be found in many different applications.

Asset Tracking with RFID

Businesses rely on their assets to maintain production and operation. Whether it is a pallet loader, a mine cart, or an IT asset, these items help personnel to work effectively. The Litum RFID asset management system also helps businesses keep things flowing smoothly by locating and tracking their assets. Once installed, it makes asset inventory much faster (up to 20 times when compared with manual or barcode processes), with less effort and cost. Moreover, the system’s RFID portals will monitor the movement of passive RFID tags attached to vital company assets. This makes it easier to ensure that employees properly return equipment to storage places and in keeping track of product inventory.

UHF RFID tags are identifiable from long distances of up to 10 meters. These tags are resistant to the elements, including snow, rain, heat, or cold. The wide variety of RFID tag types from printable sticker tags to bracelet tags allows companies to tag any asset no matter how large or small.

Litum’s RFID asset tracking software also makes it possible to associate important documentation with a specific piece of equipment. Manuals, warranties, and even user certifications can be stored in the computer system and easily accessed by scanning the RFID tag.

Supply Chain, Inventory, Materials Management with RFID

Manage inventory within production, from production to warehouse, and from the warehouse to the vendor with RFID tags on each item, container, or pallet. With a complete RFID tracking system set up inside the facility, it’s possible to track the movement of materials live as employees transport them between production units, to the loading dock and onto trucks for delivery. Businesses will get exact to the minute data showing:

  • How Much Inventory Is In WIP
  • How Much Is In Stock
  • Where Inventory Is Located In the Facility
  • When the Inventory Leaves the Facility

Vendors, such as retailers, can also make use of RFID technology to track inventory in the store. With the Litum RFID software, managers can tell at a glance when new inventory needs to be ordered from the warehouse. The RFID tags attached to product packaging can also provide helpful information, such as an item’s expiration date to assist with stock rotation and help prevent waste.

Document & File Tracking with RFID

Passive RFID tags attached to documentation and files are helpful for tracking the movement of vital information throughout the management chain. Corporations, hospitals, and the criminal justice system all rely on files, paper documents, photographs, and other physical materials to make important decisions. Litum’s RFID document tracking system can prevent the loss or misplacement of papers in the office or via removal from the building.

Document readers can automatically scan for the RFID tag of any file that passes through or arrives at:

  • File Room Entryways
  • Personnel Workstations
  • Building Entrances
  • Building Exits

Litum consultants set up the file tracking system to confirm that a document is removed by a qualified person by checking for an employee ID tag or requiring a personal code before taking a document. This automated check-in and checkout operation can lead to an 85% reduction in document audit time, reducing the need for manual labor.

A required employee ID tag to access files also makes it easier to protect classified documents. Furthermore, companies can quickly reconcile missing items from the file room with the computer software and track their movement through the building.

 

RFID Library Automation

Librarians must manage thousands of books, tapes, and DVDs at each location. Rather than relying solely on a barcode reader, attaching a simple, unobtrusive RFID tag to each of the materials makes tracking and protecting these assets less involved. This tags have the potential to vastly reduce time spent searching for lost or misplaced items within the library system. Litum consultants can install RFID readers at the library’s entrance to scan for the passive RFID tag within materials as patrons leave and enter. Pinged items are registered in the system and can automatically update the availability of each material. These pings also show librarians whether a certain book or DVD is still within the library or has been removed.

If multiple high-value books and DVDs are taken from the library without being checked out, the RFID Library Management System will catch it and send an alert. The date and time of a ping is also stored, so that combined with surveillance footage of the entrance, librarians can see who took the items.

Locating mis-shelved books is a cinch with a handheld RFID reader. Once the Litum RFID Library Management System confirms that an item is still within the library, the handheld RFID reader can be used to check shelf-by-shelf for the missing book.

Returnable Transport Item Tracking with RFID

From manufacturing to transportation to consumer sales, the products that companies produce and market are packaged in a variety of containers. These returnable transport items (RTI) include:

  • Containers
  • Bins
  • Pallets
  • Racks
  • Crates

These containers are essential to safely get the product to its next location in the supply chain. Litum can help companies in a RTI pool keep track of these containers with our RFID Returnable Transport Item Tracking Software and passive RFID tags. This RFID system, when installed at each business unit location, will track the arrival of products and goods and the departure of empty RTIs. Receiver modules installed at each location can ping the RFID tags attached to each RTI, updating the entire system. Employees can also scan pallets and containers as they arrive with handheld RFID readers to enter information into the system. The pool manager will always know where each container is and businesses can also use the system to ensure that their goods have arrived at the vendor location.

Tool Tracking with RFID

Tools used in manufacturing facilities, mines, and at airports are critical for business and they are also worth a lot of money. When these items are lost, misplaced, or stolen, replacing them can put a real dent in the company budget. With Litum’s passive RFID tool tags affixed to tools and equipment, businesses drastically cut down on replacement costs and improve work efficiency.

Compared to manual procedures and using barcodes, RFID tags make it easier for employees to identify their tools. If a piece of equipment doesn’t get returned to its storage location, an email or text notification can be sent to the employee or to the shift manager so that they can return to the site to pick up the forgotten item. Tools lost or misplaced within a warehouse can quickly be located using Litum’s RFID receiver network or handheld RFID readers. Personnel can also use these tags to identify tools that need maintenance soon or have recently returned from the shop too.

This is also helpful in preventing theft, as receivers located at doorways will ping on a tool as it passes through. Any items that are taken out of the area without permission trigger a security alert to designated personnel. Litum can also provide tamper-evident active RFID tags that trigger an alert if someone attempts to remove them. Our RFID tags are also paint-resistant and durable; able to withstand harsh conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.

Locating & Tracking Personnel Via Long Distance

Passive and active RFID tracking systems help companies improve workflow while reducing payroll costs and cutting down on security risks. Litum IoT provides a complete RTLS for tracking and locating personnel, patients, and visitors within a facility. Businesses will always know where individuals are within the network of wireless receivers Litum consultants set up.

These receivers placed at entryways can help businesses monitor when employees show up for work and when they leave, acting as a replacement attendance software. Passive ID tags can also ping at receiver modules in break rooms, storage rooms, and other areas that require monitoring. If an employee is scheduled for work, but doesn’t show up at their workstation by a certain time, the RTLS software may be set up to send a notification to the shift manager or other designated personnel.

When visitors come to a hospital or another secure facility, they can be provided with ID tags associated with their information in the computer system. These ID tags allow them access to public areas and even the patient’s room, but will also trigger an alert when the visitor enters a restricted area.

RFID allows businesses to get creative with how they manage assets, inventory, equipment, and personnel.

A Multitude of Applications

Passive RFID systems allow businesses to get creative with how they manage assets, inventory, equipment, and personnel. The Litum RFID software that comes with each tracking system is adaptive and gives companies the option to locate, track, and monitor time attendance, visitor activity, asset inventory, and prevent theft or loss of items. With the right selection of RFID tags, correct placement of RFID readers and use of mobile RFID readers, companies can monitor and improve almost any aspect of their workflow.

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