Automating logistics and intra-logistics
Transport containers are essential to keeping product protected in transit and managing the supply chain. Containers are used for transporting a multitude of goods such as: beer, syrup, gases, automotive sub-assemblies, chemicals, etc. Containers can cost from $400 to $10000 each and there can be thousands in service at any one time. Manufacturers of products that are transported in these containers cannot lose sight of their assets, since an inadequate supply of containers disrupts the supply chain, costing millions in losses.
Realized improvements in operating efficiencies
UHF RFID technology helps to keep track of these reusable assets. RFID tags are applied to the containers with an identifier. As the containers travel out of shipping docks and through receiving docks, the WMS is updated in real-time aiding in improving the logistics operations. The logistics manager knows where every asset is in real-time.
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In order to ensure that the information maintained in a robust returnable asset management system is accurate over time, it is important that the system operate automatically.
To achieve an automatic system capable of long range wireless communication of tracking data without requiring a line of sight, investigate UHF RFID technology as a new tracking program. Some cases, such as the automation of an AGV (automated guided vehicle) or ASRS (automated storage and retrieval system), may be suitable for shorter range identification technologies.
For applications requiring only a single read point per physical location, the All-in-one UHF system offers simple integration of UHF technology with little or no impact of existing network architectures. This is often the ideal solution for hand manipulated in-process transfer carts, hi/lo movement of bulk material bins and sacks, and large item deliveries and shipments of raw materials requiring a bulk read of 16 tags or less and a range of 4 m or less.
When pairing UHF RFID with an edge gateway and controller, the UHF tracking technology can be leveraged to enable true localization of raw material assets through mobile automation, or applied as a portal based solution for real time inventory of raw materials.