Pick by RFID opens new horizons. More and more mass products and packaging are equipped with RFID tags (EPC). Modern picking supports this technology. Our RFID solutions record the individual products in cartons, totes, pallets and containers and are fully LUCA-Serverintegrated with the
In this and other articles we would like to introduce you not only to our LUCA systems and their use, but also to give you a detailed insight into the various possible combinations. We will also explain to you which picking systems fit together and how best to use them.
What is Pick by RFIDit?
First we will answer the question before we get straight down to the details. Pick by RFIDis one of many picking systems that use RFID tags directly. You have to imagine that at some point all items will be equipped with an RFID tag. There has been a lot of research into this for years. At the moment, it is not the articles but mainly containers in a closed cycle that are equipped with RFID tags.
In the electronics of the RFID tag there is a writable memory in which information can be stored. Depending on the type, the RFID tags have a fixed ID or a rewritable memory space. Not only the unique RFID itself, but also other information can be stored in the RFID tag and used in the Pick by RFIDmethod. In principle, we have writable and non-writable RFID tags available.
Pick by RFID Construction and use
Depending on Pick by RFIDtheir use, RFID tags are installed directly in the products as labels, signs, seals and tags. Some label printers have integrated RFID writers at the print head to store the printed information directly in the RFID tag. The RFID tags must always be used in an electromagnetically permeable and NOT shielded environment.
RFID gates with several antennas are set up between the picking sections in Pick by RFIDor at goods receipt and goods issue. The gates enable simultaneous detection of all RFID tags in a container, on the pallet or in the container. The gate LUCA-Servercontrols the processes and the status displays and reports the corresponding information to the higher-level systems.
Mobile Pick by RFIDsystems
Pick by RFID with mobile RFID readers can be used for picking, inventory and control. Depending on functions and ranges, we have various handheld terminals and mobile devices at our disposal. The entire coordination in the individual process steps is handled by theLUCA-Server.
RFID systems for access controls
The RFID tags are also successfully used for access controls, product and transport security. The active RFID seals, equipped with rechargeable batteries, GPS and GPRS, are used for perfect transport security and tracking. In the event of destruction, the RFID seals report the event, time and GPS position to the monitoring centre via GPRS.
Pick by RFID as picking method
During picking, the data from the RFID tag is used directly. Only in rare cases are only article numbers stored there. More often than not, however, the RFID tag contains several pieces of information that enable convenient processing.
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Pick by RFID offers many advantages of modern data processing, which many other picking systems do not have. The data is recorded directly at the article or container. The RFID tags can not only be read but also written. The traceability of the individual processing steps can even be recorded directly in the RFID tags. Pick by RFID belongs to the modern and future-oriented picking methods.