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Barcode, RFID and Tracking Technology in Manufacturing

To operate a successful manufacturing business, you must be committed to lean operations, recognizing that wasted time and materials means lost profit. An effective tool for managing operations is an Automatic Data Capture (ADC) solution that allows you to track your assets, your work in process and your employees using bar code and/or RFID technology. Such accurate, up-to-date data can inform your day-to-day operating decisions and is also essential for longer term planning.

Options for Automated Data Collection Solutions

RMS Omega specialists have access to the latest in ADC software technologies and the hardware that supports it, including:

  • Barcodes
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Cellular communication
  • Voice recognition

Manufacturing WIP stations with industrial equipment using barcodingIn a typical manufacturing facility, materials and supplies are immediately entered into a tracking system on the receiving dock. Barcode labels or RFID tags are printed and attached before the items are stored or moved to the processing plant. The data on these labels is unique to the product and might include serial and lot numbers, color, size, vendor, manufacturer, expiry data and any other pertinent information you need to manage your operations.

The barcode or RFID info is scanned and stored in a centralized database. Then, any authorized person on your workforce can access the data to check on location of items, work being done, who is doing it, time elapsed or any other data you decided to capture in order to manage operations.

An AIDC system can also be integrated into other ERP systems. For example, information on stock levels could automatically trigger a purchasing order; shipping could generate an invoice. Such a solution eliminates unnecessary labor duplicating data entry and ensures a timely ordering process.

Benefits of ADC Solutions in Manufacturing

AIDC technology gives you real time supply chain visibility. You can use the information to:

  • Maintain stock levels at an optimum level without shortages or expensive overstocking
  • Monitor the workflow in order to identify any bottlenecks or delays in the process
  • Modify the manufacturing process in order to decrease downtime and increase safety measures
  • Manage workforce deployment to increase productivity
  • Manage employee performance to ensure consistent standards of work

The overall result is a lean manufacturing process based on real time, accurate information generated by an AIDC solution. The workflow is as efficient and cost effective as possible. Your employees know they are part of a streamlined operation and no longer have to wait for supplies to be delivered or look through a warehouse for missing parts. Your customers are satisfied with the product and the timeline for receiving it. Everyone wins!

RMS Omega’s extensive industrial experience and solution offerings can assist you in the choosing of the right application and the complementary hardware technology.

When you are ready to take that first step to installing a barcode/RFID solution in your manufacturing operation, please contact us, we are happy to assist you!

Featured Solution Components

  • motorola MC900 series rugged handheld

    Handheld Mobile Computers

    Mobile computers increase productivity and provide ongoing, real-time insights into business operations. Use durable mobile devices to track inventory more efficiently and accurately, manage assembly line production more effectively, improve shipment accuracy and speed product returns—even in harsh, dirty or extreme environments.

  • Hands free mobile computing

    Hands Free Mobile Computers

    Keep workers’ hands and eyes on the task at hand with wearable mobile computers and barcode ring scanners. Wearable mobile computers provide workers with hands-free efficiency.

  • Warehouse RFID Printer

    Industrial Label Printers

    Use the right label printer for your work environment.

    • Use mobile label printers to print at the point of application
    • Desktop printers with a small footprint for busy workstations
    • High volume printers

    Learn more about our selection of label printers. 

  • motorola fixed RFID readers

    RFID Technology

    There are three main components to RFID tracking solutions:

    • Printers which digitally encode accurate, complete data in the RFID tag; either desk top or handheld to be at point-of-application
    • RFID tags or labels that are available with many options such as Gen1 or Gen2, HF or UHF, depending on what you need for storage capacity, substances in environment, reading distance and volume to be processed at one time
    • Readers that can be fixed or handheld, depending on flexibility needed for volume, configuration or storage facility, density of data images and visibility in the field; some devices can also read barcode images
  • Wireless Networking

    Wireless Infrastructure

    Easily secured and holistically managed, our wireless Local Area Network, outdoor wireless network and wireless security solutions build on each other and work together.

    Learn more about wireless access points, controllers, switches, and operating systems for industrial environments.

  • labels and printing supplies

    Labels & Printing Supplies

    Using the right labels, tags and printing supplies is just the first step to reliable and accurate barcode scanning and printing. Make sure your selecting the right supplies for your environment.

"RMS is my go to company for all my wireless needs. I go to RMS because you respond very quickly and get me the products I need."Peggy at Beck Manufacturing

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