RFID stands for radio frequency identification. It is becoming more and more common in supply chain management to identify and track products and assets. There are two categories of RFID tags:
- Active tags
Active tags use an onboard power source that operates labels. It allows them to read longer-range labels. They are larger, and more expensive because they need a battery as a power source. These tags have a shorter lifespan.
- Passive tags
Passive tags don’t need a power source. Wireless RFID reader sends a signal that activates the label, and the tag reflects the energy to the wireless reader with its tag ID and encoded information. These tags are less expensive and laminated into a tag.
RFID transceivers can both receive data from the tag and send this data onwards to application software. The reader may also be able to contact bi-directionally, transferring data from the application to the label.
A wireless RFID Reader is a radio frequency transmitter and receiver. RFID Readers can read and write information to an RFID tag. They offer ease of installation by skipping the usual need for Ethernet cable drops.
If you want to implement wireless RFID reader technology in your organization, read the following 8 steps.
- Identify the problem
It is essential to identify inefficiencies in the existing process to get the maximum benefits from RFID. If the company has organizational structure issues, a single RFID solution can’t solve these issues. They should embrace a comprehensive program to eliminate these problems.
- Set goals
It is essential to set goals to measure the performance of the organization. These steps will help you out to measure the result of your actions.
- Estimate costs
Before running an RFID implementation, the company should analyze the type of activity and the type of technology they will use to estimate the costs of the project.
- Map the business process
Mapping the business process is fundamental to have a systematic view of the workflow to identify the situations in which the company needs the implementation of RFID.
- Choose the appropriate technology
For each project, you need to choose a specific technology. One of the first decisions to make is whether to use an active tag or passive tag. RFID readers are available in different sizes, shapes, and models in different application areas.
- Train the team
If a company is going to implement RFID technology, it must ensure that all employees know the main features of technology, working method, and limitations.
- Execute a pilot
After the implementation of RFID technology, the company should run a small project to analyze cost benefits and obtain feedback on the chosen technology.
- Expand the solution
After the successful implementation of the pilot project, the company can expand RFID functionalities to other business areas. Once they completed the expansion, they will accomplish their goals and take advantage.