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Why do some companies mark their reusable assets with RFID-embedded tags? An asset marked with RFID sets itself apart from one labelled with a simple barcode, with the ability to “beacon,” or announce its presence, at specific places or intervals. By placing an RFID reader intelligently, tags can be used to trigger several business functions, making them easy to apply to a wide variety of uses.

Nonconformance Alerts

If you use a large volume of purpose-build reusables, specific assets can easily be misplaced; one might be lost due to something as simple as putting it in the wrong staging area. Installing an RFID reader near staging areas can ensure assets that end up in the wrong place are detected, and alerts can be generated to inform personnel that corrective actions must be taken.

Timely Invoicing

Some companies invoice suppliers as soon as their shipment is out of the factory door. Installing an RFID reader near the factory door to detect tagged assets can be linked to the generation and delivery of invoices the moment the asset leaves the factory, eliminating downtime and the need for any additional user involvement.

Replenishment Orders

Vendor-managed inventories that make use of reusable assets to hold parts can benefit from using an RFID reader installed on a shelf reserved for empties. Detecting an asset on this shelf indicates that the parts stored in the container must be replenished, and an order for more can be generated automatically.

Beyond auto-triggering alerts and business functions, some RFID tags can provide valuable information about the conditions of the reusable as well. From changes in pressure to light intrusion, these more advanced tags assist in ensuring that sensitive or perishable goods are safe and in acceptable condition when they arrive at their destination.

Changes in Temperature

Some tags can read temperatures from -20 °C to 125 °C (-5 °F to 230 °F), and “beacon” if a temperature outside a defined “safe” range is detected. This can benefit a variety of goods, from fresh food to donated organs en route to a hospital.

Vibrations and Shocks

High-value assets can be associated with a tag that signals when physical movement is detected, or stopped – alerting you if the movement is unplanned to indicate an intrusion requiring intervention.

By controlling alerts and automating functions, on-site personnel spend less time running around manually checking a reusable asset’s current status. From management to warehouse crew, everyone can devote their focus to growing your enterprise.

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