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RFID Solutions Designed For The Warehouse

The movement and tracking of goods through the warehouse is still a complex procedure which is difficult for many companies to manage.

honeywell rfid reader inventory management warehouseCurrently, many tracking systems use two-dimensional barcodes that must be close to and within the “line of sight” of the barcode scanner. This requires manual scanning or conveyor-like processes to position the barcode and scanner. Due to either mishandling or a harsh environment, barcode labels can be damaged. This can result in uses reading data incorrectly, only getting part of the data, or not being able to read the barcode at all. Unfortunately, manual intervention is labor-intensive and costly, as well as error-prone. In addition, scheduled scanning or manual methods cannot ensure the inventory remains up-to-date due to oversights, errors and internal shrinkage.

As you can see, although barcoding is certainly an improvement from a manual inventory or asset tracking process, there are still some things a barcoding system just cannot do.

With an RFID solution, users will be able to check inventory which is updated in real time without product movement, scanning, or even human involvement. RFIDPros’ fully automated system allows inventory status to be determined and also shipping & receiving documents to be generated automatically. The system can also trigger automatic orders for products that are low in inventory.

Here’s Why RFID is Beneficial in Warehouses

Companies find that there are many benefits to using RFID solutions in their warehouse. Some of these benefits include:rfid check-in/check-out software

  • Total asset visibility
  • Full inventory history
  • Reduced inventory-stocking levels
  • Facilitating just-in-time deliveries
  • Full process control for products in the facility
  • Reduced lead-time and cross-docking time
  • Improved sort/pick rate
  • Reduced storage and shelf space
  • Improved security
  • Reduced errors
  • Reduced cost of operations

With so many benefits, using RFID seems like a no-brainer! And, because of all these benefits, more and more companies are starting to use RFID.

Active vs. Passive RFID Tags

rfid printerAs in many other RFID solutions, there are primarily two different approaches to inventory management; one, using passive RFID tags or transponders, and the other, active tags.

Passive tags have no power source. When a reader sends a signal, the passive tag is “powered” or activated and when the tag is activated, the data is transmitted. Active tags, on the other hand, are battery powered and are able to transmit data directly to an RFID reader or interrogator. With both passive and active tags, RFID can be used in multiple applications throughout one warehouse.

The full solution for inventory tracking applications will contain three main RFID components. These components include RFID tags or transponders, RFID readers, and software to collect and data and then manage an analyze it as well. Scroll down to see some products we recommend for use in warehouses.

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Recommended Software

Recommended Handheld Readers

  • MC3300

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    How can you get greater productivity, efficiency and comfort from a mobile computer? Pick up the new Zebra MC3300. The Zebra MC3300 can be configured four ways – pistol-grip, turret with rotating head, straight shooter 0o scan and 45º scan – giving you options for every use case. And, they’re all designed with ergonomics and performance in mind. Get the mobile computer that factors into more productivity for your business.

Recommended Fixed Readers

  • FX9600

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    To achieve maximum visibility and efficiency in your most rugged environments, your operation needs an RFID reader that can keep up with the high volume and wide variety of pallets, cases and tagged items that go in, out and through your warehouse and dock doors each day.

Recommended Printers

  • ZT610

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    Get the exceptional performance you need to keep mission-critical operations running smoothly, plus intelligent, user-friendly features that give you total visibility and control at all times with 4-inch width (104 mm), 600 dpi printing on the ZT610.