Pick-by-RFID opens up new horizons. More and more mass products and packaging are being equipped with RFID tags (EPC). Modern order picking supports this technology. Our RFID solutions record the individual products in cartons, totes, pallets and containers and are fully integrated with the LUCA-Server .
In this and other articles, we would like to not only introduce you to our LUCA systems and their use, but also give you a detailed insight into the various combination possibilities. We will also explain which picking systems go together and how they are best used.
What is Pick-by-RFID?
First we will answer the question before we get straight to the details. Pick-by-RFID is one of many picking systems, but they use RFID tags directly. You have to imagine that at some point all items will be equipped with an RFID tag. There have been many studies on this for years. At the moment, it is not the articles that are equipped with RFID tags, but mainly containers in a closed circuit.
The electronics of the RFID tag contain a writable memory in which information can be stored. Depending on the type, 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-RFID method. Basically, we have writable and non-writable RFID tags available.
Pick-by-RFID - Construction and use
Depending on the use, RFID tags are built directly into the products as labels, signs, seals and tags at Pick-by-RFID . Some label printers have RFID writers integrated in the print head in order 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 multiple antennas are set up between the picking sections at Pick-by-RFID or at the incoming and outgoing goods. The gates enable simultaneous detection of all RFID tags in a bin, on the pallet or in the container. The LUCA-Server controls the processes and the status displays and reports the corresponding information to the higher-level systems.
Mobile Pick-by-RFID systems
Pick-by-RFID with mobile RFID readers can be used for picking, inventories and controls. Depending on the functions and ranges, we have various handheld terminals and mobile devices at our disposal. The entire coordination in the individual process steps is taken over by the LUCA-Server .
RFID systems for access control
RFID tags are also successfully used for access control, product and transport security. The active RFID seals equipped with a rechargeable battery, GPS and GPRS are used for perfect transport security and tracking. In case of destruction, the RFID seals report the event, time and GPS position via GPRS to the monitoring centre.
Pick-by-RFID as a 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, however, several pieces of information are stored in the RFID tag, enabling convenient processing.
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Pick-by-RFID offers many advantages of modern data processing that many other picking systems do not have. Data is recorded directly at the item or container. The RFID tags can not only be read, but also written on. The traceability of the individual processing steps can even be recorded directly in the RFID tags. Pick-by-RFID is one of the modern and future-oriented picking methods.
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