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RFID System for Stock Control

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is technology that allows a business to quickly and accurately identify individual products and components. It can be used to track them all the way through the supply chain from pre-production to point-of-sale – and beyond. RFID systems use radio waves to communicate between an RFID tag and a reader. The tag consists of a microchip attached to an antenna, and the reader can wirelessly read and write data from and to the tag.

RFID Systems for Inventory Control

RFID System for Stock Control

Because an RFID tag is essentially a tiny microchip (albeit fitted with a small aerial) it can hold a range of data about the item to which is is attached. RFID tags can be encapsulated in plastic and fixed to a product or its packaging or embedded inside a container or delivery vehicle.

An RFID reader transmits and receives radio signals to and from the RFID tag. The information that is collected can be processed using dedicated computer software from a company such as Digitalquill. Readers can be placed at various positions in a factory or warehouse to record the movement of goods.

How does RFID help with Stock Management?

RFID tagging has many stock control benefits over barcodes:

  • RFID tags can be read remotely at a distance of up to several metres
  • A number of tags can be read at once, so an entire pallet-load of products can be checked simultaneously
  • RFID tags have a unique identification code, that cannot be cloned, so individual products can be tracked effectively

RFID systems can be used:

  • To maintain the right stock level of a product or component and enable Just in Time production
  • To improve stock security. Tag-readers positioned at points of risk, such as the exit to the building, can be used to trigger alarms
  • To improve quality control. They are particularly useful if you stock items with a limited shelf life as the date can be stored and associated with the tag.

The costs of RFID systems have fallen over recent years, and subscription models such as Software as a Service (SaaS) make RFID stock control solutions viable for most businesses, however small.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses and organisations all over the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and, most importantly, to save them money. We are experts in the provision of commercial RFID tags and RFID hardware. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

RFID systems work through tiny tags consisting of a microchip with an antenna in a compact package. The tag can be attached to almost any object and when its antenna picks up the signals from an RFID reader it can returns data such as its unique serial number. RFID tags do not need a line of sight with the reader and they can easily be incorporated into moving objects.

RFID Systems for Schools

RFID Systems

Schools are starting to use RFID systems in libraries, entry gates and meal halls, making it easier to track students inside the school premises and to reduce the need for them to carry cash. The use of bespoke RFID systems in educational establishments can vastly improve the security and management of the school.

RFID technology in the education sector

Libraries: RFID systems have almost completely replaced barcodes in school libraries. The main advantage over barcodes is that RFID systems do not need to scan every book; multiple books can be read with a single scan and RFID tags can’t be as easily defaced and hard-to-read.

School Entry gates and classrooms: By installing RFID systems at school gates, it is easy to track the attendance of students. Schools always know who is present and who has left the premises. Within classrooms, RFID “gates” can be used in place of the time-consuming practice of taking a register

Meal Halls: RFID cards can be used to ensure that children do not need to carry money and allow parents to keep track of their spending.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses and organisations all over the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and, most importantly, to save them money. We are experts in the provision of commercial RFID tags and RFID hardware. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

RFID systems work through tiny tags consisting of a microchip with an antenna in one compact package. The tag can be attached to an object and when its antenna picks up the signals from an RFID reader it can returns data such as a unique serial number. RFID tags do not need line of sight with the reader and can easily be incorporated into moving objects.

RFID Systems for Retail

The retail sector was one of the first to adopt RFID technology. You will be familiar with the RFID “security tags” on big-ticket items to prevent theft. RFID has other uses – for example, it can be used to replace the EAN (Electronic Article Number) or barcode on a product. Imagine a shop where you simply fill your trolley with items and the bill is automatically calculated as you pass through the doors and charged to your account.

RFID Systems

Anyone who has experienced the lengthy queues on Black Friday or at Christmas will recognise the benefits of a smoother system for processing payments. It is possible for a customer to be given a trolley or basket at the entrance or a store with a built-in RFID reader and embedded display. By picking up a product with an RFID tag attached to it, the system could display the name, quantity, and price of the item and then add it to the cart. The data can be sent to the checkouts wirelessly so that by the time the customer reaches the counter the goods can be checked, and payment collected far quicker than by scanning a bar code on each product.

Taken one step further, the bill could be automatically calculated and debited – eventually without any need for human intervention. This is not science fiction, Amazon has already put plans in place for a physical store using just such a concept.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. We are experts in the provision of commercial RFID tags and unique RFID hardware and software solutions. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

You can find Radio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) being used everywhere. They allow an object to be identified through unique data that is transmitted via radio waves. RFID technology is now being used in the waste management sector to improve recycling rates and maximise efficiency by making use of unique RFID transponders. All that is required is the installation of a robust RFID tag into each bin, and an RFID reader into each collection vehicle.

RFID Systems for Waste Collection

RFID Systems

RFID waste management RFID systems allow for the identification and traceability of waste streams. Unique RFID tags can be attached to waste containers enable waste operators to monitor sorting quality, track how many times a container is put out for collection and even track the weight and nature of its contents.

RFID Systems on Waste Collection Vehicles

RFID is now being used by both public and private sector waste collection operators to monitor their waste pickup. Waste disposal trucks can easily be equipped with RFID readers to scan the unique RFID tags associated with each of the bins that they collect. RFID readers can easily record the exact time and location every single time a waste container is emptied. This unparalleled level of knowledge gives a new, greater ability to monitor and control the entire waste disposal process. By using RFID systems, waste operators can have access to accurate real-time data that can be used for a multitude of purposes: from customer billing to better route and resource planning.

Digitalquill – Waste Management RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. We are experts in the provision of commercial wheelie bin RFID tags and RFID hardware. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsYou find Radio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) everywhere. They allow objects to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. RFID technology is now being used in waste management to improve recycling rates and maximise efficiency by making use of unique RFID transponders.

RFID Waste Tracking

The waste industry has increasingly turned to technology to help to manage day to day operations more efficiently and effectively. For over ten years now, RFID systems have been used by waste collectors to improve performance and boost recycling rates. RFID systems allow waste to be identified and traced throughout the entire chain RFID tags can easily be applied to waste containers and trucks can have RFID readers installed to improve sorting, validating and verifying pickups, tracking how many times a container is used and tracking the weight of the contents at each pickup. A waste management system with RFID makes billing for service simple and allows for incentive-based invoicing. In conjunction with GPS, RFID systems give real-time visibility of waste management activities.

RFID Systems for Wheelie Bins?

We find waste containers in many materials and sizes, but all are subjected to harsh environments and rough handling. Because they are stored outdoors, waste containers are exposed to the elements: but RFID tags can withstand such conditions and continue to function effectively for the entire life cycle of the containers.

Safer Hazardous Waste Collection

When it comes to managing hazardous waste disposal RFID systems provide a high degree of visibility and traceability. This can provide operators with an audit trail of every step in the process from the time and place the waste was picked up to the time and place of its disposal, together with every stop in between.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. We are experts in the provision of commercial wheelie bin RFID tags and RFID hardware. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

RFID Systems museum

RFID Systems museumYou can find Radio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) everywhere. They allow objects to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. RFID technology is now being used in museums to create interactive exhibits. Just like any technology in a museum, you must carefully consider the exhibition’s aims and objectives to make RFID systems fit in seamlessly – but by carefully embedding tags and readers in the appropriate places you can create a visitor experience that is second to none.

RFID Systems in Museums

One way to improve visitor interaction in an exhibition space is to use RFID systems. RFID is a simple, reliable and relatively inexpensive way to connect visitors and museum exhibits. Even if you are unfamiliar with the terms, you may have used an RFID card and reader on the London transport system or to access a hotel room. By passing a card over a reader, which may be embedded within an object, a user instantly communicates with computer software, without any further physical input from. For example, in a museum environment, RFID tags and readers could trace an individual visitor’s path through a building to discover which exhibits are most popular. Visitors can be encouraged to use the RFID card by embedding their responses to questions into the content of the exhibition itself.

Why is RFID better than barcodes?

Older input technologies – keyboards, physical buttons, touch-screens or barcode scanners – can collect the same information, but RFID is probably the most elegant solution as it is so seamless in operation and requires so little maintenance.  Another benefit of RFID systems is the relatively low cost.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses all over the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to cut costs. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsRadio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) allow almost any object to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. Being able to identify and track items individually or as crates or pallets, without needing a line of sight, is advantageous for many companies. It is a relatively cheap and extremely effective way of tracking assets. RFID is everywhere – has your business joined the RFID revolution?

Why Use RFID Systems?

Just some of the additional benefits of using RFID systems are

  • No need for need line of sight
  • RFID tags can be rewritten and reused
  • RFID tags are extremely durable against impact and the environment
  • RFID tag data can be encrypted for extra security
  • Dozens of tags can be read within seconds
  • RFID systems can be integrated with other software

RFID is Everywhere

You probably don’t even realise how many times you used RFID or pass an RFID-enabled device every day. You will find RFID used in hundreds of applications, such as:

  • The microchip implant used to identify animals
  • Access cards and key fobs used to enter buildings,
  • Automated toll collection on roads and bridges,
  • Truck weigh stations
  • Contactless credit card readers

RFID technology is everywhere, and the uses keep on multiplying. Hotels are now starting to using RFID for their room keys, hospitals use RFID systems for inventory control, warehouses for asset management, and even construction sites for tracking tools. The possibilities are endless.

RFID is really coming into its own in the connected world of the 21syt century. More and more uses for RFID systems are popping up every day. From RFID tags in the wristbands issued at music festivals to tracking golf balls at the driving range. RFID technology is growing rapidly and it is enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).  As the question on peoples’ minds changes from “What is RFID?” to “What can I do with RFID?”, can you afford for your business to be left behind?

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsRFID systems offer benefits for almost every business. From construction to hospitals, RFID asset tagging helps with real-time tracking, logistics, data capture and inventory management.

8 Ways That RFID Systems Benefit Businesses

INCREASING SALES

Retail stores have that use RFID systems have been found to have an 8% – 10% sales growth. The main advantage is from knowing what is in stock in real time. Using RFID systems means popular items don’t run out of stock, and they always know if something is available in a customer’s size.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

RFID systems allow items to be identified quickly. The increased speed of data capture when using an RFID-enabled system means work can be done more quickly, and with that increased speed comes increased accuracy.

DATA STORAGE

Some RFID tags have a memory chip installed. This means you can store data such as an item’s location, serial number, use history or maintenance schedule. Even more data can be stored with a link to a database by using our Asset Monitor software.

LIVE DATABASE

When you use RFID systems in conjunction with our Asset Monitor management system, you always have an accurate live database.

DISTRIBUTION SPEED

The efficiency and accuracy of RFID systems means your distribution times can be dramatically reduced.

REDUCED LABOUR COSTS

Keeping track of assets can be extremely labour intensive. RFID reduces this by making tasks quicker, so you have greater logistics control and lower costs.

IMPROVED ACCURACY

Because the read accuracy of RFID is greater than 99% you have less risk of data quality errors. The speed of the process is a fraction of that of a manual process using barcodes.

MULTIPLE READS AT ONCE

Because RFID systems use radio signals to identify items there is no need for a line of sight between the reader and the item. In addition, you can read multiple items at once, so it is far quicker than a barcode scanning process.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

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

 

RFID Systems for construction

RFID Systems for constructionThe construction industry is increasingly using RFID systems. One of the reasons for this is that RFID has so many varied uses. RFID is used in construction in many forms – from access control to tracking tools and workers.

How can RFID Systems help the construction industry?

The most common use for RFID systems in construction is asset tracking. Asset tracking is a term used for the tracking of anything of value (which could mean monetary value, or just that not having it when needed costs you time or money).

Why is RFID better than barcodes?

Barcodes are sometimes used in asset tracking, but they are not an ideal solution for a construction site. Once a barcode has been covered in concrete or rubbed off by friction it is not going to be much use. Barcodes also need a line of site to read and can only be read one at a time. RFID tags incorporate a small microchip with an aerial. When that aerial receives a signal from a ‘reader’ on the same radio bandwidth, it momentarily powers the chip, which sends data to the reader. They can be read at a distance, and multiple tags can be read at once.

Why Track your Tools?

Tools are expensive. Even the cheap ones will cost a lot to replace after you have lost a few. It’s good to know where all your tools are, how old they are, and how often they are used. You can know who has what in which van, when maintenance or replacement is due and always have an up to date idea of how many tools you have.

Can I track people as well as tools?

You can track people via ID badges or even through their helmets. There are some considerable benefits to doing so, including:

  • Prevent access to certain areas without the person having all the right PPE gear
  • Know the location of your staff for Health and Safety purposes
  • Automatically allocate tools or equipment to the person who is leaving the stores area with them
  • Automatically record those tools as having been returned – and by whom
  • Automatically monitor and manage – or restrict – site entry and exit

Is there a system to do all of this?

Yes: For all your RFID needs, Digitalquill can help. Our Asset Monitor system can be configured for any industry and we can tailor it to your needs – even integrating it with our other systems if necessary. Our RFID systems are used around the world in a number of different industries, so we can certainly help you.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

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

 

RFID Systems Hospital

The healthcare sector is increasingly using RFID systems. One of the reasons for this is that RFID has so many varied used. RFID is used in hospitals in many forms – from access control to tracking tools, patients and staff.RFID Systems Hospital

How are RFID Systems Used in Hospitals?

Inventory Tracking

One of the main uses of RFID systems is to track almost any kind of item. RFID can be tricky to implement with liquid-filled assets. Demand from the pharmaceutical industry has led to the development of RFID tags that can track this kind of asset.

Medicine Management

Hospitals have supply of medicine that must be tracked in to keep sufficient stocks for patients. Typical inventory tracking solutions use manual counts and barcodes which takes a lot of time to complete. RFID systems can reduce the time spent counting, so counts can be more frequent and data more accurate.

Patient & Staff Tracking

Many hospitals use passive RFID technology as to track the movements of patients and staff. Wrist bands or ID badges can have RFID added so they can verify patient information, reduce waiting times and locate patients. RFID wristbands can have information printed on them, and more detailed patient records can also be associated with the tag’s unique ID.

Tool Tracking

Surgical tools such as scalpels, scissors and clamps need to always be on hand and disinfected ready for use. By installing RFID tags, an inspection regime can be put into place to ensure that the tools have been properly cleaned and returned to the right location.

Large Asset Tracking

Hospital beds and machines are high-value items that occasionally get misplaced. These must be kept track of because the replacement costs are high.  Using RFID systems is the ideal way to keep tracking these assets within the building. Readers in each doorway can identify if a tagged item has passed through so they can be located in real time.

 RFID Access Control

Security is, of course, critical in hospitals. They have to limit access to certain rooms or areas. With an RFID system, staff members wave or tap an RFID-enabled badge on a door reader to gain access.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

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