RFID technology plays an important role in industrial uses. RFID can ensure the place of product and reduce the happening of theft and shrinkage from tracking the material used in production to locating stock. More and more companies are using RFID tags: in term of IDC data, introduced in earily this year, manufacturing industry expent $178 billion on Industrial Internet of Tings (IIot) in 2016. It is more twice than the second largest vertical market-transportation, which expend $78 billion.
It’s a key task to ensure goods arrive timely in working or usable condition. RFID tags can offer visibility into the supply chain easily. Time is money, the late of the goods not only result in damage of goods but also losting interests for manufacturers.
Taking the case of SBB Cargo, this company has a plan to have 1,000 of its 6,700 freight cars tagged by the end of this month. The technology is suppied by Vilant, the RFID company in Finland that using UHF RFID reader of themselves. And the ruggedized Ironside tags are from Confidex. That makes SBB Cargo and their clients can exactly identify the time of cars driving in and out, as well as in what order the cars are coupled. That also makes the cilents of SBB Cargo load and unload goods more easily, and preventing errors or freight delivery delays at the same time.
Automating tracking of returnable containers and other high-value assets lets manufacturers precisely track the location of key parts during each stage of their work process, which avoids many management challenges from cropping up, including cancellations, production delays, and cost over runs. An RFID-enabled material tracking system lets companies track assets like product on pallets or in drums automatically, providing data in real time on location, check-in/check-out times, shipping history etc. In fact, RFID technology removes human error. A simple counting mistake can have a huge impact on operations. It is a large expense to the manufacturer. RFID tags are always counting and providing information as needed.
The keys to not understand what is happening in the supply chain are portal placement, proper tag selection, attachment and placement, and information workflows. The workers, inventory, vehicles, machinery and end products become sources of data for real-time analysis as the IIoT continues to connect factory and warehouse assets. Once connected, they offer insights that transform the storage from being a cost center into a valuable, information-rich business differentiator.