Data Collection Using RFID in a Warehouse Management System


RFID data collection in expansive storage areas mandates mobility and industrial mobile data terminals with RFID readers. Imagine the acreages of stored containers in a shipyard or distribution centers.  How does the warehouse manager maintain accountability of all receipts?  RFID data collection in a warehouse with mobile data terminals is the perfect match. Barcodes are sometimes used but are fairly ineffective in reading at such long distance and require large labels for accuracy.  Size of container and distance makes scanning very challenging and somewhat difficult.  The ideal solution is using RFID long range tags to identify the container with its unique identification number (license tag).  The shipper can also use this ID number to their ASN.  This ties all the goods and its quantities within the container to receipts of all goods that can be accounted with just one read of the RFID tag.

This RFID data collection can be performed at a time when a mobile vehicle,  such as a crane, unloads containers, reads information with an industrial mobile computer and places the containers on trucks or temporary locations.   This process records container ID and location for total shipyard inventory control. RFID, mobile data terminals, wireless network and WMS software are the perfect combination for a warehouse management system.