When Should We Tag Our Pallets?

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Ask The ExpertsWhen Should We Tag Our Pallets?
RFID Journal Staff asked 10 years ago

Our company receives 2,800 pallets daily, each containing 33 boxes. We are considering using RFID tags on the pallets and cases. Do we need to print the tags every day?

—Name withheld


It would be difficult to answer your question without knowing more about your operations and processes, though I would say that ideally, the cases should be tagged right after the items are placed inside and the box is sealed. Labels could be printed and applied by a label-applicator. If your line is high-speed, it might prove challenging to print the label, encode the transponder and apply the label inline—but that, ideally, is the way to go. You can then create a pallet, read all of the tags on that pallet to confirm you have the right number of items, stretch-wrap the pallet and apply a pallet label with an embedded RFID transponder. Finally, when the pallet arrives, you can read the tags as the pallet is broken down.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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