The general process in the warehouse can seem to be so sophisticated that, if the overall intralogistic package is not right, a lot of efficiency is lost. The result: high costs and often enormous differences in inventory. This presents many companies with ever new challenges. But how should these challenges be tackled and mastered in the best possible way?
A solution to this problem can be the combination of our warehouse management system SuPCIS-L8 and the connection of a „Radio Frequency Identification“ technology (RFID). The advantage of SuPCIS-L8 is that our warehouse management software has functions that enable the integration of RFID without any problems. SuPCIS-L8, in combination with RFID, is an excellent combination to track goods along the entire supply chain in real time, to better monitor and control the internal logistics processes and to make them more efficient. It all sounds promising in theory, but what does it all look like in practice?
This solution, consisting of SuPCIS-L8 and RFID has already been implemented in the form of two different variants. In this first part, we would like to present part identification using the example of the textile industry:
In the case of individual part identification, the entire inventory is equipped with transponders or marked in the part number master of the avalanche beacon as an article that is not RFID-compatible. In the ideal case, this labelling is already carried out by the manufacturer. The attached transponders and the implemented RFID subsystem make it possible that the contents of the individual boxes in the goods receiving area of the warehouse can be identified simply by passing through a tunnel with an RFID reader. The goods are automatically identified. Usually even without having to open the boxes. In the event that the correct number of labels is not read or possibly a wrong label or wrong part is detected, the affected box is rejected for inspection. At this clearing station, the box is then checked again by reading at a manual workstation. As a rule, it is sufficient to shake the box a little to loosen up any parts that are very close together. In this way and at best, all parts can be recognised when reading again. If there is still an error afterwards, an individual part check is carried out after opening the box. During this process, it is also possible to reprint missing or defective labels via the warehouse management system.
Now there are also manufacturers or suppliers who do not attach the RFID labels to the goods. Here the relabelling is then carried out as a billable service documented in the warehouse management system. The reverse principle is also used for picking control. To check whether all individual parts have actually been placed in the container during the picking process, picked containers also pass through tunnel reading stations. Here too, there are corresponding control stations (clearing points). This is not only used to verify picking, but also to ensure smooth processing of goods receipts in the shop. For the retailer, it was particularly important that RFID technology could be used along the entire process chain. This was achieved with the combination of SuPCIS-L8 and RFID.
Would you like to learn more about the different areas of application of RFID? Then read also „Real-time tracking and increased transparency in the warehouse with SuPCIS-L8 and RFID – practical examples (part 2/2)“!