The use of reusable totes to transfer products through various supply chain links is not a new concept but the addition of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), to this traditional process promises to be a valuable tool for loss prevention and quality control. Customer concerns about the dependability of RFID labels in this precarious setting prompted Paxar to engage in a second of a planned series of RFID environmental tests designed to provide valuable information to RFID users specific to their application.
As a supplier to the DoD, a person may need to comply with the DoD passive RFID mandate. How can a person sort through the myriad options to meet compliance? How can a person comply with minimal cost and effort? How does he or she make sure that the RFID solution is going to work? This paper published by Paxar Americas simplifies the process required to comply with the DoD mandate and provide a common-sense approach to RFID compliance. It provides 12 basic steps to help the reader to develop a robust and cost-effective solution with minimal headache and stress.
Most of the people among the many consumer-goods manufacturers and suppliers to the DoD have questions regarding the stability of the Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) labels? With vendor charge-backs for incomprehensible RFID labels an impending likelihood, concerns about RFID label durability during the shipping process are substantial. Despite the prevalence of internal laboratory testing that quickly validates readability of RFID labels prior to shipment, there is very little published data accessible on the end outcome of shipping.
RFID is an enterprise system change technology. It requires full management discipline participation, not just Information Technology or Operations. Expect changes and challenges to setting up the test sites from the original plan. An individual achieves optimal results if he or she remains bendable and open-minded during the test. Look for real improvement results from changing the business model for sites based on improved inventory visibility. Upper management support for trials and results are key to any triumphant implementation.
RFIDs evaluation focused on tracking large steel shipping containers and their contents as part of a parts distribution system. The study discussed in this paper looks at two main problem areas; tracking the containers throughout their lifetime using a permanent durable hard-tag, and using a standard print, encode and apply RFID label as a shipping label.
This paper from Paxar describes GS1 2D Matrix Symbology. This symbology group consists of two components: a linear component, which encodes the items primary data; and an adjacent 2D composite component, which contains supplementary data. The linear component will be a traditional symbology of types: GS1-128, EAN8, EAN13, UPCA, UPCE or DataBar. The composite component will be either a MicroPD417 Composite Code A (CC-A), a PD417 Composite Code B (CC-B) or a PDF417Composite Code C (CC-C) barcode (for GS1-128 barcodes). The difference between the three is in the amount of data encoded in the composite portion.