RFID Applications for Industry

Article by Tom Gruich

This article looks at the latest RFID applications for several kinds of industries, along with the specific software and hardware needed to implement the technology. Although the individual needs of a company may vary, the S/W and hardware mentioned in this article are those that an experienced XML database consultant or developer might recommend.

Raw Materials/Mining/Forestry

RFID-tags can be attached in the lay down yard or at the mine. The materials can easily be followed from that point to the refinery or factory.

Tag detectors and readers can be used by factories to identify the material correctly and handle it appropriately. The information that can be stored on the tags includes descriptions, purchasing details, storage advice and handling warnings.

If the raw material goes from the mine to a distribution warehouse, it may be stored for an extended period of time. The tags will continue to function regardless of the time elapsed.

In order to implement the technology, an XML database consultant would suggest software that supports a client-server system or a multi-tiered computer system for tracking purposes.

The tags may be active or passive. Active tags send out a constant signal. Passive tags must be scanned by a reader. The equipment needed at the factory or warehouse depends on the type of tag attached at the yard or mine.

Point of Sale or Delivery

The most popular supply chain RFID applications are used by distribution centers and smaller warehouses. An XML database consultant might refer to the necessary software as “middleware”.

The advantages of the technology have to do with marketing and customer relations. Loss management and loss prevention are possible benefits. It all depends on the type of items being sold or distributed, which is why consultants always recommend customized databases.

The systems are used to track deliveries and inventory. The billing system should be integrated with the delivery system in order to ensure that bills are paid in a timely manner, but not sent out before the items reach their destination.

Passive tags are usually used in point of sale and delivery RFID applications, but for extremely valuable items, an active tag may be desirable.

Tracking Cargo through Customs

For companies that import cargo, the advantages of RFID tagging are easy to understand. The tags must be installed before the merchandise is put on the ship or airliner. From that point, the merchandise can be followed through the customs process. Customers waiting on the shipments can be notified and updated on a regular basis.

Implementing RFID applications of this type can only be profitable if an experienced XML database consultant designs the programs. Otherwise, the bugs and glitches will annoy users and cause the application to fail. When your company needs or wants new computer technology, it pays to consult a professional.

About the Author

Tom Gruich promotes business interests. For more business opportunities in software and database design and for some of the better money-making affiliate markets, visit Affiliate Knowledge Databases or the Smart Database website at => http://www.adaptcode.com

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