Introduction to Smart Pallet Tracking: RFID Implementation In Warehouses
Many companies use loading gates in warehouses and distribution centers every day to pick up and ship products, containers, pallets, and packages.
When executing business processes such as shipping or receiving goods, each transaction must be completed correctly to ensure that the correct shipment is directed to the right location with the correct items.
It is where RFID comes into play. You can quickly and accurately verify each shipment as it leaves your warehouse or distribution center by affixing or embedding RFID tags to your products, crates, and pallets.
Why RFID-based warehouse management systems?
Among all of its use-cases, real-time location services (RTLS) are the most popular reason RFID tags are preferred for pallet tracking in warehouses. RFID scanners can identify multiple products in their range, unlike barcode scanners, which can only read one at a time.
In addition, unlike barcodes, you do not need a staff member to scan the tags and record the information individually. RFID-enabled warehouse systems automate and streamline the whole process.
How the process works when tracking a pallet or shipment?
From wood to plastic pallets, Goodwin RFID pallet tags are ideal for tracking their location. The authentication tag is made of waterproof material. Since the tags are affixed to pallet objects with 3M adhesive, it becomes possible to sort, track, and identify any object. In the meantime, it provides you with a clear view of the product the pallet is transporting as well as its location in the warehouse.
Step-by-Step Pallet Tracking in Warehouses
- RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Pallet tags are attached to the pallets, and an RFID reader is installed at the warehouse’s entrance and exit gates. When the pallet passes through the reader, the tag data is read.
- As goods enter and exit the warehouse, an RFID reader automatically reads the tag information and uploads it to the system.
- Pallet categorization is used to ensure that the information on the pallet and the label on the pallet are identical.
- When the goods arrive at their destination, the RFID reader on the forklift can automatically detect the pallet classification and place them in the correct position.
- The warehouse personnel can use the handheld reader to determine the location, inventory, and categorization of goods.
RFID warehouse solutions have several advantages.
- Reduce labor hours, which would result in a labor cost reduction of 5% to 40%.
- Human error is eliminated, resulting in less data discrepancy and high efficiency.
- Returns that occur as a result of incorrect product delivery are significantly decreased.
- Customer satisfaction levels improve as a result of faster services delivered.
- Automated product tracking keeps customers informed about their orders.
- Theft and missing threats are reduced due to real-time tracking.
- Warehouse personnel can quickly determine where a product is stored and proactively restock that good while tracking pallet numbers at each step. That is, stock control becomes a real-time activity.
- Due to wear and tear, traditional tags and barcodes can be tampered with and harmed. RFID tags, on the other hand, are extremely durable and long-lasting.
The use of RFID in warehouses makes it simple to locate items. If you need to get something from there, all you have to do is look it up in the database, and the system will direct you to it. In addition to inventory tracking, RFID systems can help you save a lot of time when it comes to invoicing.
It worths mentioning that current market dynamics ask for speed for almost all sectors.
As a result, warehouse functionality must be redesigned to attain the intended results and maintain their market share. As a result, warehouses will come up with more creative ways to incorporate RFID technology into their operations.