Whether you’re still collecting data with paper and pencil or you’ve begun your digital transformation, we can help you achieve your next leap in productivity, efficiency, and accuracy. From warehousing and logistics to farming and forestry, operational excellence demands timely, accurate, comprehensive information.
Automated data capture techniques using barcoding, IoT, and RAIN RFID technologies can deliver the data you need to make truly informed management and operational decisions.
Here are the top three applications for data capture automation:
Whether you receive shipments with barcodes applied by suppliers or you print and apply labels for internal use, barcodes allow you to monitor the flow of inputs through your operations. A label can identify the item, purchase order number, supplier, lot number, date of delivery, and other key information. That information is used to generate a purchasing and receiving record which becomes part of the material’s history, and establishing the record provides lot traceability through the material’s lifecycle.
In many cases, barcode labels are mandatory on shipped items. Barcode label software can integrate with your database systems to conveniently and efficiently generate labels as you need them. Once your labeled item is shipped and in transit, the barcode provides an effective means of tracking and documenting proof of delivery.
By reading barcode labels on individual items, pallets, or bulk containers, shipments can be verified against manifests. Your team knows immediately when a shipment is incomplete, contains the wrong items, or has been loaded on the wrong truck.
Adding RFID to reusable shipping containers enables automated tracking of their location and logs their return to facilities.
Tracking direction of movements into and out of facility doorways facilitates cross-docking operations and dropping off items in series from double-stacked forklift loads.
Flexible reader installation for any environment can eliminate potential forklift collisions that can happen with readers placed on posts in doorways.
Integrating item-level RAIN RFID data into enterprise shipping and logistics applications is a simple, proven way to deliver more accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive data to decision-makers.
Knowing what you have and where to find it prevents costly disruptions, saves money in purchasing, and increases sales revenue. Barcodes deliver exceptional inventory control value by making it easier to track parts, supplies, tools, and materials that you purchase, stock, and/or consume throughout your operations.
Asset tracking was one of the first ways barcode technology was used. Labeling capital equipment, office furniture, computers, machines, and other fixtures makes it easier to keep an account of the items owned by the business. Barcodes simplify calculating depreciation, conducting physical inventory, and performing preventive maintenance. Shared assets that change hands can often be misplaced or go missing. Tracking who has custody of each asset helps minimize lost or misplaced items.
In the vast expanse of a distribution center, it’s tough to count complete inventory often. The effort takes workers away from day-to-day tasks, and that eats away at productivity. Large DCs employ dedicated employees as cycle counters to compare inventory levels with documented deliveries and shipments—and in some cases, DCs are so vast that dedicated employees might only complete two cycle counts per year.
By integrating RFID, that enormous DC could count inventory in a fraction of the time, as the RAIN RFID tags can quickly and easily be read by sensors, without the need for line-of-sight access to goods. Cycle counts in even the largest facilities could be completed monthly or even weekly, for significantly more accurate inventory counts.
RAIN RFID or active RFID tags on products, containers, equipment, and even people enable organizations to monitor real-time location, movement, and status. Specialty tags have been developed for specific asset management applications to create closed-loop systems for returnable transit items (RTIs).
RTIs like bins, totes, and containers are expensive but necessary supply chain assets that impact the ability to deliver products safely and cost-effectively. When returnable items are not available, it may force businesses to use expensive and less sustainable single-use packaging. The visibility RFID provides can help monitor, limit, and prevent the use of disposable packaging, and possibly even help recoup the cost of lost RTIs.
Just like we do with barcode labeling solutions, we help RFID and IoT customers select and integrate the right combination of RFID hardware (tags, readers, printers, antennae, etc.) with the software you need. We also consult closely to help you choose the most appropriate and effective deployment opportunities to optimize ROI.
RFID and IoT systems demand more advanced engineering expertise than barcoding systems, which makes our Process, People, Technology approach even more critical. Our teams prioritize your goals and processes before making technology recommendations.
We’ve designed, developed, and implemented RFID systems for many businesses in a wide range of industries, so you can trust our experience and advice. Most importantly, if we don’t believe RFID is the best solution for achieving ROI, we’ll tell you up front.