Pick-by-RFID opens up new horizons. More and more mass products and packaging are being fitted with RFID tags (EPC). Modern order picking supports this technology. Our RFID solutions record the individual products in cartons, bins, pallets and containers and are fully integrated with LUCA-Server .
In this and other articles, we will not only introduce you to our LUCA systems and their use, but also give you a detailed insight into the various combination options. We will also explain which picking systems fit 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 that 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 fitted with RFID tags, but mainly containers in a closed loop.
The electronics of the RFID tag contain 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-RFID method. Basically, we have writable and non-writable RFID tags available.
Pick-by-RFID - Construction and use
Depending on the application, the RFID tags are installed directly in the products as labels, tags, seals and tags at Pick-by-RFID . Some label printers have RFID writers integrated into 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 installed between the picking sections at Pick-by-RFID or at goods in and goods out. 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 status displays and reports the relevant information to the higher-level systems.
Mobile Pick-by-RFID systems
Pick-by-RFID with mobile RFID readers can be used for order picking, stocktaking and checks. Various handheld terminals and mobile devices are available depending on the functions and ranges. The entire coordination of the individual process steps is handled by LUCA-Server .
RFID systems for access control
RFID tags are also used successfully for access control, product and transportation security. The rechargeable active RFID seals, which are equipped with GPS and GPRS, are perfect for transport security and tracking. In the event of destruction, the RFID seals report the event, time and GPS position to the monitoring center via GPRS.
Pick-by-RFID as a picking method
The data from the RFID tag is used directly for picking. 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 on the item or container. The RFID tags can not only be read, but also written to. 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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