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Would RFID Be a Good Fit for My Company?

Posted By RFID Journal, 01.24.2014

We manufacture autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) blocks and adhesive. Would radio frequency identification be useful for our purposes?

—Name withheld

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It would be difficult to answer that question without knowing more details about your firm, your business processes and some of the operational challenges you face on a day-to-day basis.

In general, however, I would say that radio frequency identification is good at identifying things that look the same but are different. So if you have raw materials or finished products that look similar but have different grades or shelf lives, RFID can quickly and easily identify the right materials, and be set up to prevent the wrong materials from being used. If, for example, workers must enter your warehouse and spend time trying to identify specific grades of finished goods, RFID can shorten that process by 80 percent to 90 percent.

RFID is also good at counting things very quickly. If you have shipments containing a mix of different grades of blocks, or different types of adhesives, and it takes employees time to count and recount the items or pallets to make sure they are correct, RFID can greatly reduce the amount of labor involved, and also ensure that you ship the right items all the time.

The technology is also very good at automating the tracking of goods and materials. If personnel spend time tracking the movements of blocks or chemical mixtures through your manufacturing plant, RFID can automate this process, saving time and reducing errors.

If you would like to discuss your situation in greater detail, you can visit the Contact Us section of this website, find my e-mail address and contact me directly.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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