Fulfillment centers are faced-paced environments where knowing which materials are where via sensor-based, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can reduce errors in critical processes like outbound shipments. Sponsors at PromatDX say that tech like radio frequency identification (RFID) and IoT can do things like ensure the right loads get placed onto the right trucks, without having to go through extra data capture steps.
Using RFID tags on outbound pallets labels is a good, targeted application of RFID and IoT technologies because it can eliminate costly errors, points out Peter Zalinski, director of partner solutions with Barcoding, Inc., which provides various mobile data computing products from multiple OEMs, as well as deploys RFID and IoT solutions.
Today’s label printers can encode an RFID tag onto the shipment label placed onto an outbound pallet (typically within the load’s shipping label), while a RFID reader portal at the dock door can automatically detect labels and alert operators if a pallet is being placed on the wrong truck. “It’s a good targeted application for RFID,” Zalinski says. “You’re not RFID enabling your entire warehouse. You are RFID enabling at the labelling point, and at the dock doors, and the workers aren’t changing their workflow.”
Other good candidates for RFID location tracking include tagging valuable equipment or reusable containers, or in some manufacturing settings, materials such as rolls of paper, adds…