RFID in Industrial Environments

RFID tag in Industrial Environments

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology is indispensable in many industrial environments. If you operate in a challenging environment and need fast, accurate, real time data, talk to OPP IOT specialists about an RFID solution for tracking and managing your inventory, whether consumables or fixed assets.

Perhaps you use a manual system or barcode technology for inventory management but think you can do better. Absolutely! A typical RFID package consists of:
RFID tags which can store up to 100 times the data of barcodes, ensuring you can keep track of all the details you want about your inventory such as lot and serial number, size, manufacturer, vendor, expiry date, user, location on production line and anything else you might want to know
RFID printer which can be desk top or mobile and print a range of tags
RFID reader which can be active or passive, fixed or mobile, incorporated into a handheld computer or standalone, depending on your particular operational needs

RFID Features
You might be interested in some or all of these RFID system features:
High density of data storage on tags
Range of options for HF and UHF printers
High number of tags that can be read at any one time even in a busy environment with various production lines close to each other
Readers with diagnostic function to detect problems with recording and transmission of data
Flexibility according to the volume and movement of inventory
Capacity to function in harsh environments, inside or outdoors, including extreme temperatures and exposure to dust, dirt and chemicals
Capacity to tracking items being customized on a production line

RFID Benefits
The benefits of RFID inventory technology are immediately obvious, including:
Accuracy and speed of data capture and transmission, no matter what the industrial environment
Accurate, real time inventory counts result in eliminating stock shortages and over supply and preventing theft
Increased consistent productivity
Automated process means reduced opportunity for human intervention and error
Information for performance management and quality control

RFID in library

Libraries all over the world are moving away from the traditional model of using barcodes to scan and check out books. While this method has been around since the advent of barcodes almost 40 years ago, rapidly evolving technology has meant that more efficient, streamlined library management solutions have been developed. The most recent technology, one that many of the largest libraries in the world have already switched over to, is Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID).

This involves affixing a tiny RFID tag onto each book, which allows it to be read by readers stationed across the library. The advantage of this technology over barcodes is that RFID technology does not require a direct line of sight. Thus, multiple books can be detected and checked out simultaneously, instead of having to scan every individual book. In addition, patrons can check their books out themselves, instead of relying on a librarian. This gives the librarian more time to help out other library members, and it lets patrons check their books out faster.

RFID also acts as a security guard on the premises, alerting the guards if a book leaves the library without being checked out. Thus, one single technology, RFID, can replace the existing bar code technology for checkout, as well as the EM technology for theft detection.

RFID also helps in re-shelving, since wrongly shelved books can be instantly identified without needing a line of sight read. Patrons searching for books can also find books much faster using a handheld RFID scanner, instead of having to manually look through the shelves.

Finally, RFID also lets patrons return a book anytime they want. This is because the RFID chip in the book can be identified by the reader in the book drop box, and the returned book can be recorded. A librarian does not need to be physically present to collect the returned book, and so the library effectively stays open 24/7.

Given the many advantages that RFID has over traditional technology that is used in libraries today, many large libraries all over the world such as the Seattle Public Library in America and the Shenzen Library in China have already switched over to RFID.