RFID Applications and Solutions: Inventory Control
RFID Inventory Control

Although many companies are now using sophisticated Warehouse Management Systems integrated with Supply Chain Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the movement and tracking of goods through the manufacturing and supply chain process is still a complex procedure which is difficult to manage. In many instances, the goods being distributed to the retailer must go through one or more third party distribution processes, before they reach their final destination.

Currently, most material tracking systems employ two-dimensional barcodes that must be close to and within the "line of sight" of the barcode reader. This requires manual scanning or a conveyor-like process to position the barcode and scanner. Barcodes can run the risk of getting wet or scratched due to mishandling or a harsh environment, which often prevents accurate reading by the scanner. Manual intervention is labor intensive, costly, and error-prone. In addition, scheduled scanning or manual methods cannot ensure the inventory remains up-to-date, due to oversights, errors, and internal shrinkage.

With ActiveWave's RFID solution, inventory can be updated in real time without product movement, scanning or human involvement. Our fully automated system allows inventory status to be determined, and shipping & receiving documents to be generated automatically. The system could also trigger automatic orders for products that are low in inventory.

Benefits of using ActiveWave RFID Systems:

  • Provides total asset visibility
  • Gives full inventory history
  • Allows reduced inventory-stocking levels
  • Facilitates "Just-in-Time" deliveries
  • Provides full process control for products in the facility
  • Reduces lead-time
  • Shortens cross docking time
  • Speeds up sort/pick rate
  • Reduces shelf space
  • Provides higher-level security
  • Reduces errors
  • Reduces overall cost of operations

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