The 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study by RFID technology leader Zebra reported, that 62 percent of the manufacturers currently are still employing pen and paper methods for tracking vital tasks such as work-in-process and supply chain movement. However, that number is expected to drop to an insignificant 20% by 2022 as businesses see the Return On Investment (ROI) for RFID.
Your assets – inventory, raw materials, finished products and returnable transit items (RTIs) – can easily slip through the cracks and inaccuracies of the operational system. You can’t profit from a lost, damaged or misplaced product. This drains your profitability significantly.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) has proven to be an invaluable technology for effective and efficient asset tracking. Using passive and active RFID tags and readers, you can locate assets, even when you can’t see them, giving you greater visibility across your supply chain. Here are two major advantages of utilizing RFID solutions for tracking your manufacturing operations:
1. Stop Playing Hide and Seek
With RFID, you don’t need line-of-sight product scanning like you do with barcode scanning. The RFID tag attached to your asset sends a radio signal that is picked up by an antenna and transmitted to a reader that decodes it. The reader can be handheld or fixed in a place like mounted on a wall or pole.
Benefit: Stop wasting labor and time hunting for misplaced items and prevent the unnecessary expenditure on replacing the items you can’t find.
2. Read More Than One at a Time
RFID technology provides a productivity booster by simultaneously reading as many as 20 tags (possibly more, depending on your devices). Pass an entire pallet of goods by a reader without missing out on a single commodity.
Benefit: Dramatically increase efficiency by removing bottlenecks for processing inbound and outbound shipments, cross-docking and on the floor of the plant or manufacturing facility (work-in-process, quality assurance, assembly).
Jet Marking Systems specializes in providing cutting-edge RFID solutions that help manufacturers maximize their operational efficiency and accuracy. Speak with our traceability experts directly to deploy the right RFID printers, tags, and readers and leverage this technology for your business.