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What is the Importance of RFID in Packaging and Shipping?

By CIOReview | Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RFID in packaging and shipping helps businesses track containers and shipping crates in real-time and thereby enhancing protection against theft and fraud.

Fremont, CA: It’s time to stay focused on the movement of goods that went unmeasured for days. In that effort, the industry had labored under operational holdovers from the days when folks allowed six to eight weeks for delivery. This effort fails to increase the visibility of the spaces in between. The possibilities provided by a new generation of location-based data analysis tools that collects information about the movement of items, employees and assets are tremendous. The technology allows identifying the location of something down to the centimeter. By putting a tag on everything and pressing a button, one can get an instant update with this technology.

RTLS area readers for passive UHF utilize inexpensive single-use tags and expand locationing to actual materials. Each reader can read up to 1,500 square feet and can not only detect but locate. When materials arrive, the system instantly finds it. The technology further allows measuring how long a product has been in ambient temperature and prioritizing it. It is impossible with the existing warehouse management systems (WMS), although a lot of WMS solutions, some task interleaving, but not in real-time.

Another most applied and recognized technology will be RFID. It helps companies to improve operations by providing real-time visibility of inventory by tagging items that enter the plant and installing readers along the manufacturing line. It increases efficiency in parts stocking while eliminating manual tasks in shipping, receiving and transferring. Thus, it optimizes logistics processes. Here, tags are attached to each item during the manufacturing itself, including bags, boxes and finished products. Readers, on the other hand, are installed at crucial transition points, including manufacturing areas and loading dock doors.

By automating the tracking of shipping and receiving operations, businesses can achieve customer satisfaction with highly accurate information on stocked items and improved parts traceability.  One such technology is the RAIN RFID technology, which is in the cloud that improves traceability of items, whether cartons, goods, bins or totes, with a unique ID for each item of interest. It can read thousands of articles per second at a distance of 30 feet, or about 10 meters, without a line of sight. Battery-free tags offer theoretically unlimited life and can be used worldwide.