GBMS provides increased automated data collection (ADC) functionality by fully
supporting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which uses
small devices that emit radio waves containing information about product
size, price, quantity, etc.
RFID enables companies to automatically track inventory from the component level,
through the manufacturing process, and throughout the supply chain. At any
time, personnel can answer questions, such as "What's in the item?" or
"Where has it been, and where is it going?"
How it works...
A company would, for example, embed an RFID tag in a component item. During the
manufacturing process, users could read and write to the item tag in order
to view or exchange Work-In-Process information. At the shipping dock, the
personnel would use that same tag to release the manufacturer's item from
inventory. When the item moves to the manufacturing center, users could
then write the shipping information to the item tag. As it continues
through the supply chain process (e.g., to another manufacturing site for
add-on components; to the user as a complete item), users are able to
automatically read the tracking information, including source, process,
and final destination details.
RFID functionality offers a wide range of benefits, including:
Real-time item tracking
Improved supply chain visibility
Reduced human errors
Read/write capability and tracking of multiple codes
Because GBMS supports RFID, companies can instantly track a product as it's built,
leaves the manufacturer, and is routed to a distribution center. Personnel
do not need to rip open a case to inspect the contents as the RFID reader
has already identified the item, providing increased efficiency and less