Understanding RFID and the Benefits of Implementing RFID for Industry

In industrial development, technology is needed to improve efficiency and automatic identification of operations. One of those technology is RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) which utilizes radio waves to store and retrieve data without direct contact. RFID Implementation will help you read data simultaneously in large quantities up to 100-200 assets.

Previously, in the identification field, barcode technology had existed before RFID technology, but in the study conducted by several business sectors, the RFID tags demand would be increasing much faster than barcode technology in RFID implementation.

For this reason, RFID and Barcode Technology have their respective roles and requirements, so we must tailor them according to the industry type and business processes.

The difference between RFID and Barcode is in the Identification process. RFID identification requires two devices, namely RFID TAG and RFID READER.

Based on its resources, RFID TAG is divided into:

  • Passive RFID Tags

Passive Tag is using a magnetic field generated by radio waves from the RFID tag reader as its resource and the information data transmission is shorter (< 20 meters).

  • Active RFID Tags Active RFID Tag is a Tag with a battery as its power source and the data information transmission can be further (+/- 100 meters).

RFID uses radiofrequency waves to store and retrieve data. RFID will be connected if it is on the same frequency as the tag. Currently, there are 4 types of frequency bands for RFID, namely :

  • Low-Frequency tags (between 125 to 134 kHz)

This frequency is usually used for animal tracking purposes, tracking an asset and access doors.

  • High-Frequency tags (13.56 MHz)

This frequency is generally used for access door purposes, payment instruments, and ID cards.

  • UHF tags (868 to 956 MHz)

This frequency is commonly used for tracking moving assets and pallet systems.  Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics permits UHF RFID at a 920MHz-923MHz frequency.

  • BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) at a frequency of 2.45 GHz.

Before implementing RFID in your industry, there are several tips that ACS Group summarizes in implementing RFID:

  • RFID is not a security tool

RFID tags have an add-on characteristic whereas they are affixed to the assets. This does not guarantee RFID accountability as a security tool unless the tag is planted within the product.

RFID will be more effective if utilized in a close loop area because it can be rewritten 100,000 times.

RFID must be used continuously. Single-use RFID results in expensive economic value.

  • Read distance of RFID Determining RFID quality cannot only be assessed from the reading distance. The effectiveness of RFID reading distance will also depends on the business process.

RFID implementation has become vital because its only need to use codes or tags for identification to retrieve data automatically without physical contact. Furthermore, RFID implementation will increase storing or tracking data information effectiveness. Companies can calculate all of their assets within a few seconds with RFID. It will save a lot of money and energy.

Contact us ACS Group as a pioneer of Auto-Identification and a leader in Auto-Identification solutions and barcode systems since 1991 for RFID Implementation to increase efficiency and productivity of your business and organization.

For more detailed information, please watch ACS Group’s youtube video “Perkembangan & Manfaat RFID dan Barcode Untuk Industri”

New Features of AMTS Asset Management Solution

ACS Group introduces two new features from AMTS (Asset Management Tracking System) on #StageUp webinar: RFID Modules and Database (db) Staging. Adding from the current application that can add, edit, dispose, commence stock take, create a parent-child connection, etc; AMTS Enterprise Edition v.6.1 may be deployed On-Premise or On-Cloud
In db staging module, AMTS supplied APIs that can be used as the “middle ground” to upload File Master(s) of Location, Asset Class, Cost Center, Vendor, User, and Asset. This will save considerable time Asset Management / General Affairs division in fitting pre-formatted template from your ERP to AMTS-fit template.

After processes done by AMTS, APIs are also available to update the existing Master File in the backend server with transaction information such as Movement, Lend Extension, Opname, Disposal, and Transfer between branches. What we need to point out though is that because both of this activity involves backend system that we have no control of, sending data from existing ERP to db staging has to be done by the customer, as well of sending data from db staging to ERP.

The 2nd feature that is introduced is RFID modules. Previously we have discussed the differences of RFID and barcode implementation here: https://youtu.be/1xFtEt4OuhU

RFID modules can be used for two transactions: Movement and Opname.

1. Movement Transaction

The most essential must-do in moving an asset utilizing RFID technology is that the tag has to be placed at a readable position, and it has to go through a “gate” with RFID Antenna (that is connected to a RFID Reader, then to the corporate network, and eventually to where the AMTS database is in the server). Then all we have to do is to pass the gate (display monitor can be added to ensure movement is recorded) and the asset would automatically recorded as moving to another zone/area

2. Opname Transaction

Using an additional hardware of RFID mobile, we can conduct fast stock taking. Instead of searching and scanning each asset one by one, with RFID we can just swipe the room while holding a trigger and any tagged asset will be read.
We would still recommend having barcode / QR Code label set up on top of the RFID tag as best practice, to avoid hindrance of process if a RFID tag is somehow not readable.
RFID tag that is not readable needed to be replaced, while a tag itself can be overwritten thus used again for other purposes/asset if currently is idle. More on RFID Technology: https://youtu.be/kKDv3-fpBaQ

RTLS solution based on RFID in Warehouse & Manufacturing Area

What you cannot see will be detrimental to your business – maybe that’s an expression if you don’t know where your important assets are, you will not be able to achieve maximum operational efficiency and workforce productivity. We have a passive-RFID based RTLS (Real-Time Location System) solution that offers specialized technology to provide visibility to the exact location of all your tagged assets.

With this RTLS solution, you can see where inventory, forklifts, equipment, workers and other tagged assets are located – and not just location, which direction they are moving can also be known. Now, you can identify, search and track assets in real time – as well as receive real time alerts regarding compliance preventing losses.

The result? Simplified operations, minimal costs, and better customer service.

Some of the advantages that exist in this passive-RFID based RTLS solution:

a. Latest state of the art RFID technology
It is a parallel multi-transmit and receive architecture, combining digital beamforming and wide-angle array antennas to provide superior accuracy and location coverage. (Ref: Zebra ATR7000)

b. Beam-Steering for location pinpoints
Electronically directs and processes hundreds of narrow flashlight-style beams simultaneously, providing highly accurate asset location.

c. Superior asset location visibility
With the software ready to use, it includes two main components: RTLS software which allows remote configuration, monitoring and management of devices as well as the Location Analytics engine itself. (Ref: Zebra CLAS)

d. 2x wider coverage zone
The wide angle antenna, which covers 2x the width of similar competitors’ RFID readers, effectively cuts the number of devices and costs required by half, and has a positive impact on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

e. Maintenance of tags at no cost
Passive-RFID tags are very cost effective and require no battery or battery management and maintenance. Unlike Active-RFID tags, there is no cost or time lost for monitoring health or replacing batteries, ensuring seamless tag visibility. (Ref: Zebra ZBR4000)

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For further information regarding the RTLS solution based on RFID in the warehouse and manufacturing area, you can contact us at +62 21 4205187, 4205408 Ext 315 and 220, Hot line 0812 8222 8691 or visit our website at www.acsgroup.co.id

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