Tracking Issues for Freight Management

When manufacturers and distributors make LTL (Less Than Load) shipments, their items may move in and out of trucks and warehouses several times. This can lead to many opportunities for error.

Third party freight handlers often use barcoded labels to identify packages, whether they are boxes, pallets or oddly shaped single pieces. The bar code allows the handler to identify individual shipments and lets applications direct their movement on and off trucks and through the warehouse(s).

While effective, these bar codes have many restrictions and inefficiencies. Bar codes require the user to both handle a scanner and be within a few inches of the label in order to "see" it.  And any curl, distortion, or smudge can make bar codes difficult, if not impossible, to decipher.

How RFID Tags Can Help

RFID is a non-line of sight technology. It provides similar functionality to bar codes but with a much simpler and more robust communications capability. UHF RFID allows the user to read and write data to and from the tag.

Unlike other forms of RFID, UHF can encode specific values into a tag. This allows for an unmatched level of functionality.

Passive UHF RFID has already secured a place in the supply chain with many companies. The Department of Defense mandates the use of these tags on all packages and pallets. Many industries have even begun placing tags on the items themselves in order to better manage their inventories.

Additional Uses of UHF RFID Tags

In addition to doors and portals, you can use Supervision’s UHF RFID tags on conveyors, lift trucks and even hand-held devices. This will improve efficiency and create a comprehensive solution for tracking everything, not just your packages.

Contact Supervision for more information on how UHF RFID tags can benefit warehouses.