Barcode, RFID and Tracking Technology in Manufacturing
To operate a successful manufacturing business, you must be committed to lean operations, recognizing that wasted time and materials means lost profit. An effective tool for managing operations is an Automatic Data Capture (ADC) solution that allows you to track your assets, your work in process and your employees using bar code and/or RFID technology. Such accurate, up-to-date data can inform your day-to-day operating decisions and is also essential for longer term planning.
Options for Automated Data Collection Solutions
RMS Omega specialists have access to the latest in ADC software technologies and the hardware that supports it, including:
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Cellular communication
- Voice recognition
In a typical manufacturing facility, materials and supplies are immediately entered into a tracking system on the receiving dock. Barcode labels or RFID tags are printed and attached before the items are stored or moved to the processing plant. The data on these labels is unique to the product and might include serial and lot numbers, color, size, vendor, manufacturer, expiry data and any other pertinent information you need to manage your operations.
The barcode or RFID info is scanned and stored in a centralized database. Then, any authorized person on your workforce can access the data to check on location of items, work being done, who is doing it, time elapsed or any other data you decided to capture in order to manage operations.
An AIDC system can also be integrated into other ERP systems. For example, information on stock levels could automatically trigger a purchasing order; shipping could generate an invoice. Such a solution eliminates unnecessary labor duplicating data entry and ensures a timely ordering process.
Benefits of ADC Solutions in Manufacturing
AIDC technology gives you real time supply chain visibility. You can use the information to:
- Maintain stock levels at an optimum level without shortages or expensive overstocking
- Monitor the workflow in order to identify any bottlenecks or delays in the process
- Modify the manufacturing process in order to decrease downtime and increase safety measures
- Manage workforce deployment to increase productivity
- Manage employee performance to ensure consistent standards of work
The overall result is a lean manufacturing process based on real time, accurate information generated by an AIDC solution. The workflow is as efficient and cost effective as possible. Your employees know they are part of a streamlined operation and no longer have to wait for supplies to be delivered or look through a warehouse for missing parts. Your customers are satisfied with the product and the timeline for receiving it. Everyone wins!
RMS Omega’s extensive industrial experience and solution offerings can assist you in the choosing of the right application and the complementary hardware technology.
When you are ready to take that first step to installing a barcode/RFID solution in your manufacturing operation, please contact us, we are happy to assist you!