RFID SystemsRFID stands for radio frequency identification. It is a system that wirelessly transmits information about the identity of assets as a unique serial number. RFID systems are used in business to reduce time and labour and to improve data accuracy in real-time. An RFID tag consists of a microchip attached to a radio antenna. With the right RFID software, you can even connect your products to the Internet so that tracking information can be shared throughout the supply chain.

RFID Solutions to Business Problems

There are two common types of RFID systems in use: active and passive. Passive RFID tags do not have built-in transmitters and so they reflect back radio waves from a reader. Active RFID transponders consist of a microchip with an antenna. They are placed on or embedded in products. The information stored on the RFID tag is accessed with a reader that passes information to a computer system. Active RFID tags are commonly used for large assets such as cargo containers. Passive RFID tags, as they do not have power sources and transmitters, are less expensive than active RFID tags.

The Benefits of RFID Systems

RFID systems have a number of benefits over legacy systems such as barcodes. Most obviously, RFID helps to reduce labour costs by decreasing the need for manual checks and counts, and simplifying business processes and reduces inventory errors and inaccuracies. With greater stock control comes a reduction in theft, and the unique nature of an RFID code (which cannot be cloned) helps to prevent the distribution of counterfeit products.

How are RFID Systems Used?

There are many areas where RFID can improve business processes. For example:

Product Tracking and Supply Chain Management

By attaching RFID tags as labels during production, data can be read and used throughout entire supply chain to understand the location of items at any stage.

Inventory Systems

You can improve security and stock control with RFID as it provides accurate information about current inventory. Objects of any size and shape can be RID tagged, and RFID transponders are not subject to environmental wear and tear in the same way as printed barcodes which makes them ideal for tracking pallets and containers.

Asset Management

RFID technology works in conjunction with web-based tools to monitor your assets and make business decisions instantly. The linked RFID software can be used so manufacturers, contractors and others have an appropriate levels of access to update data about the asset, such as its inspection history, maintenance records and so on.

What Industries Use RFID?

Many industries across the world leverage the power of RFID systems to improve productivity. You will find RFID software in use in industries such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Defence
  • Fashion
  • Logistics
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • …and many, many more

Digitalquill – Experts in RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID can improve your business, call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.