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Solution Provider Builds RFID into Its Platform for Asset, Work-in-Progress Management
While Radley Corp. has been testing and evaluating RFID technology for years, it is now releasing UHF-based solutions for its customers to automate the collection of data regarding inventory and assets at assembly sites, warehouses and logistics centers.
The solution is hardware-agnostic, Cammet says. However, the company is currently using SmartPortal UHF RFID readers and tags from Smart Label Solutions (SLS). A food manufacturer and an industrial cleaning supplies company are also in discussions to begin piloting the RFID solution.
Radley's software customers can have RFID readers installed at key locations, such as at portals where goods and materials are received or shipped, and in zones through which items move during manufacturing and shipping processes. With tags affixed to items or in personnel badges, the Radley software can collect data about RFID tag reads, and then interpret, store and share that information as needed by a company's operators and managers.
The data can also be used for analytics purposes, Cammet notes. For instance, if a company wants to track the expiration dates of products, it can set up a first-in, first-out (FIFO) process in the software. The software can then know which components, materials or products arrived at a warehouse or assembly site first, based on when RFID tag reads were performed, and thereby ensure that anyone removing an item more recently received could view an alert to prevent them from making mistakes. Additionally, users can view when items are being received, used or shipped, and thus adjust inventory levels or personnel assignment accordingly.
When it comes to RFID technology, Cammet says, "to us this is just the start of a growth area" that will gain traction further. "Many customers indicate they are planning to adopt RFID within the next three to five years, and we want to be ready to provide them what they need."
Radley receives a variety of requests from customers regarding how RFID technology can be used, Cammet adds, even when the assets being tracked are on four legs. He says he spoke with a company running a canine daycare center that was considering deploying RFID technology to identify when a given dog arrived at or left specific locations.
The furniture company pilot is expected to be completed in December 2017, Cammet says. This could be followed with a full deployment if the pilot proves successful.
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