RFID Waste Management

 

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In recent years, waste management services have made a concerted effort to use information technology to reduce waste management costs and to identify missing/stolen bins. The application of these principles can be facilitated by the use of mobile technology such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
RFID is a modern and fast-growing technology that uniquely and accurately identifies an RFID tag (waste tag) attached to, or embedded in, a waste bin which helps in identification and traceability of waste bins.
By using RFID tags, waste can be identified and traced through the entire waste chain. Many jurisdictions and private sector operations have attached RFID tags to waste containers and equipped their trucks with RFID readers thereby improving sortation, validating and verifying pickups, tracking the number of times a container is used for collection as well as tracking the weight of the container’s contents at each and every pickup. A waste management system using RFID simplifies billing for service.
RFID is now being used by municipalities and private operators to monitor waste pickup. Waste disposal trucks equipped with RFID readers pick up bins that are equipped with RFID tags. The readers record the exact time and location every time a waste container is emptied. This introduces a new degree of monitoring and control of the waste disposal process. With an RFID based system operators have accurate and real-time data that can be used for customer billing as well as route and resource planning. The real-time aspect allows municipalities to monitor the performance of contractors.
Waste containers come in many forms, materials, and sizes, but they are all subject to harsh environments and rough handling. Being outdoors, waste containers face all the elements: cold, wet and heat and being waste containers, they endure both human and machine abuse. Only RFID tags can withstand these conditions and continue functioning throughout the life cycle of these containers.
Omnia Technologies produces Wastebin tags which are manufactured in such a manner that they can withstand any harsh conditions like extreme cold, heat, rains, etc. Also, these tags can be customized according to the requirement of the customer.

 

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Benefits of using RFID in Waste Management

  • Easier recovery of lost or stolen carts.
  • Easy accounting of travel routes of garbage trucks and automatic recording for each individual cart pickup with no required driver interaction on pick-up route.
  • Cheaper, faster, more accurate data reporting. No manual data-entry is required.
  • Easier waste sorting at the household level.
  • An unprecedented degree of control and traceability in disposing of hazardous or otherwise sensitive waste material.
  • Fewer collection points and containers required for recycling.
  • Less cleaning and maintenance work on recycling.


 

 

 

Supply chain is network of entities, directly or indirectly linked to serve the consumers. A supply chain enables a company to better manage demand and supply of products. It is responsible for the right amount of inventory, keep the cost minimum and meet customer demand effectively. A supply chain starts from the vendors for raw material to the ultimate users; it includes the producer who converts raw material into final product, ware house where products are stored and the retailers who sell the product to end user. But this flow of products from supplier to manufacturer to end-user requires appropriate strategies and systems to manage this complex process.

 

SCM focuses on planning and forecasting, purchasing, product assembly, moving, storage, distribution, sales and customer service. Technology plays a crucial role in today’s complex supply chain. Radio frequency identification technology works on electromagnetic waves! All one requires is tag the products in the supply chain. RFID tags can enhance the understanding for businesses in terms of the manufacturing and what happens to incoming and outgoing materials in the supply chain.

 

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Supply chain is responsible for managing the flow of goods from supplier to the end users, for keeping a track of this flow creating visibility becomes important! RFID technology creates visibility in supply chain work process, it can change the way they do business. RFID technology in supply chain can contribute to the improvement of services, better serve customers, improve product quality, reduce time, cost distribution and materials handling.

 

There are many applications and possibilities for RFID/EPC as these objects in motion are traced throughout the supply chain. The complete visibility of accurate inventory data throughout the supply chain from manufacturer’s shop floor to warehouses to retail stores brings opportunities for improvement and transformation in various processes of the supply chain. RFID technology can help a wide range of organizations and individuals such as hospitals and patients, retailers and customers, and manufacturers and distributors throughout the supply chain to realize significant productivity gains and efficiencies.

 

 

Benefits of RFID in Supply Chain Management

Adds Intelligence in the process

 

Supply chain is complex process; it involves various levels to manage the flow to material from the supplier to the end user. The purpose of Supply Chain Management (SCM) is to keep chaos at bay – synchronizing the activities of the network. Radio frequency technology adds intelligence to this process by capturing and transferring the data to and from RFID tag via radio waves. It enables real time tracking of inventory in the warehouse, in-transit and in-stores. It also helps to keep an accurate track of inventory of products and material. RFID technology in supply chain enables a company to automatically record the movement of material. It creates visibility throughout the vertical, thus increasing competitiveness by faster response to customer demands and production problems, reduction of delivery issues, reduction of uncertainty on factors causing fluctuations, improvement of the readability of the quantity and quality of items produced.

 

 

Reduce errors in delivery of customer orders

 

Customer is the key figure in a supply chain; the ultimate user of a product. Nowadays the customers have become very demanding, they expect a lot from the product and service they pay for. So, an effective and efficient flow of material is required from the manufacturer to the customer to meet the customer demand on time. RFID technology equips a supply chain with proper flow of information at each level, and thus helps in maintaining adequate inventory level. RFID is used to automate the procurement of the material and products of the distribution centers and stores and thus helps in reducing time, money and complexity. By putting an RFID tag on a product, the users can track the product’s movement from the manufacturer to the customers. Using RFID in the supply chain reduces the checking time, manual counting and logging products at all level of supply chain, leading to reduced errors in delivery of products.

 

Product’s travel time in the supply chain is spent waiting for identification or some manual process- counting of stock, documentation, etc. Thus, the flow of objects/items starts taking more time due to such stoppings. RFID enables automatic identification of tagged items via radio waves; it can potentially improve the speed of supply chain process by enabling the objects to move faster and at less cost.

 

 

Real time tracking of people and object

 

Supply chain requires an accurate data of movement of material; it helps to solve any inefficiency in the process. Absence of real-time data can slow down the decision making process in the supply chain. With RFID in process, the manufacturers and retailers can improve the efficiency of process. RFID removes the transparency problem from the process which was a challenge for supply chain in past. RFID addressed this challenge by creating real-time supply chain data, by connecting the movement of the last mile between the physical object and the computer, thus enabling automatic identification of data and populating of the database.

 

With RFID asset tracking, supply chain facilities can gain quick and easy access to inventory information and location to keep track of when items are stored, distributed or replenished and confirm deliveries – no matter where they are in the supply chain.

 

 

Increases Security in the flow of material

 

RFID tags in supply chain make it easier to guarantee authenticity of a product. RFID tags are virtually impossible to copy, making them suitable to any security applications. RFID protects material in supply chain by removing the propensity for counterfeiting through embedding tags that automatically reads as material passes through the supply chain. Each tag consists of unique code which distinguishes the product as genuine. This unique number cannot be easily copied or altered, improving the security. Combined, the attributes of being both automated and highly secure give an electronic security.

 

 

Less manpower required

 

Using RFID technology in supply chain automates the process of recording and item tracking with less manpower. RFID does not require human to be within the direct line of sight when reading RFID tag. Tagged objects can be traced irrespective of item orientation, unlike barcode. This technological characteristic is advantageous at numerous stages in a supply. They no longer have to waste time on labor-intensive processes like scanning individual barcodes, searching for misplaced tools or equipment or counting inventory amounts. This allows them to increase task speed and project turnover to reduce labor and carrying costs, as well as improve the facility’s overall productivity. RFID eliminates the chances of human error and oversight things that take significant time to be fixed.

 

 

Inventory control

 

Manufacturers persistently struggle to get the right products to the right retailers at the right time. RFID can help solve this problem while reducing inventory levels and lowering distribution and handling costs by providing accurate and real-time information on inventory quantities and movement. RFID technology brings transparency in inventory and supply chain operations. Automatic recording of the inputs and outputs of materials brings more accuracy in process; manufacturer know what they have and where will reduce safety stock, enable better timing of replenishment and give better data on where to forecast future demand.

 

Exact knowledge of the amount of inventory at each location in the supply chain in real-time enable supply chain decision makers to run a much more efficient supply chain. Knowing what is in the replenishment, and when it is expected to arrive, potentially allows safety stocks to be reduced, while maintaining or increasing customer service levels. In addition, new and more flexible inventory control policies can be devised that make use of the added visibility.

 

 

 

RFID has been described as the “world’s oldest new technology”, whereas the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is growing now! A study shows, RFID technology is at a growth since it is being adopted by more companies each year. It is implemented in various sectors, and used for very different purposes. This is because of benefits derived from using RFID technology; it makes tracking, identification & recording convenient for various industries.

 

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Benefits of RFID technology for Business:

 

Optimum Utilization of Assets

 

Asset management is the most common use of RFID technology for any business. Companies tag their asset to track and record the number of assets, and manage them. Most companies do this to store relevant information about the asset through RFID technology. It improves the reliability on assets- a manager can monitor maintenance cycles, analyse costs, and review asset availability. Examples include tagged machines where the maintenance history and all information are stored on the tag. Every company needs to keep track of its assets. Asset management through RFID technology helps businesses to streamline their operations. Keeping a track of assets gives a clear picture of the company, and helps in reducing cost and optimum utilization.

 

Visibility in flow of Items

 

RFID technology creates a visibility in operations and reduces manual inventory management process. By creating visibility in flow of items business can cut down extra cost and improve work flow. RFID tags are attached to an item which moves along the supply chain. These tags have a unique identification number with all the information stored on its IC. As the item move along supply chain it is not required to manually track it. For example- Among retailers, the benefit of RFID is its potential to create visibility and reduce manual interference, thus an error free process. Retailers could track the tagged products as they move along the distribution tiers (from manufacturer to store shelves).
The main benefit of RFID is visibility!

 

Inventory Audit / Management

 

RFID inventory tracking application solves challenges faced by businesses related to inventory. Manual inventory tracking is a time consuming process also includes higher chances of error. RFID technology helps to overcome this problem by allowing businesses to automatically track and manage data. Inventory is usually traced by business to optimize the stock level; helps in maximizing availability of items according to upcoming requirement, reducing unnecessary inventory and reducing carrying cost.

RFID based Inventory tracking solves these challenges by providing businesses with the means to track the location at item, crate, pallet or conveyor level and to maintain count of inventory at all stages of the supply chain.
For example- For warehousing and distribution, RFID based inventory tracking lowers the cost of verifying contents, locations and availability of needed goods.

 

Identification of human or object

 

An RFID tag containing additional identification/authorization information, scanned by a reader tied to a secure access data base, greatly improves security. Human safety is also enabled by RFID. In hospitals, it’s of course critical to ensure that the correct medicine or procedure is given to the correct patient. Unfortunately, even with the ubiquitous wristband identification, mistakes are made. For authentication purposes, RFID is used to provide secure identification mechanisms for persons and objects. Prominent examples of personal authentication are company entry badges, transportation system cards, electronic passports and identity cards.

 

Automatically recording and managing Information

 

RFID tags are also beneficial to businesses which require more than one person to perform the same task. This process where many people are involved in performing a particular task may result in inefficiency in overall process. The manual process of recording information for the task performed by each person or, every time a particular asset/document is touched might not be recorded. RFID overcomes this limitation by allowing businesses to record the data on tags and read every time before performing.
For example- Hospitals involve many people, drugs, locations and related documents involved at various points in overall treatment process of a patient. RFID tags can be used to update the patient’s history and intended treatments with every step in the process to greatly simplify the process. This could reduce chance of any error, thus increasing productivity.

 

NFC based payment

 

Mobile Payment is a point of sale (PoS) payment method which is done through smart phones. The mobile payment facility has reduced the requirement of carrying cash in hand. Mobile payment is not only convenient but safe also. It requires a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC), which is an extension of Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that combines the interface of a smart card and a reader into a single device. This allows two-way communications between endpoints, where earlier systems were one-way. For two devices to communicate using NFC one device must have an NFC reader/writer and one must have an NFC tag.One of the most popular uses of RFID today is to pay for road tolls without stopping. These active systems have caught on in many countries, and quick service restaurants are experimenting with using the same active RFID tags to pay for meals at drive-through windows. RFID is also catching on as a convenient way to pay for bus, subway and train rides. RFID technology is used for payment systems to secure transactions. Safety requirements for tags are very high. The systems are further characterized by very low read ranges to avoid mixing different payment cards.

 
Thus, RFID serves following benefits to business:

 

It reduces labor costs.

RFID also improves visibility of inventory by providing real-time updates and faster scanning.

RFID tags can hold large amount and different types of data, and that data can be read even in remote locations without a connection to the back-end database.

Durability also increases with RFID tags, it is made for harsh, it more robust and durable in outdoor environment.

 

RFID stands for Radio frequency identification technology. RFID enables wireless data collection by readers from electronic tags attached to or embedded in objects, for any RFID application. RFID systems involve software, network and hardware components that enable information to flow from tags to the organisation’s information infrastructure where it is processed and stored.

 

RFID applications focus on tracking and identification of any object or material. Omnia Tags manufacture various type of tag based on RFID application in different frequency ranges- Low Frequency, High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency. RFID applications have been in use for many years in transport, access control, event ticketing and management, and, more recently, in government identity cards and passports, and extensively in manufacturing supply chains and in logistics for goods distribution.

 

RFID applications vary from one industry to another industry. One application could require a tag in a wristband form with ultra-high frequency; on other hand one could require a soft tag with low frequency. A single tag can also serve many industries, but it ultimately dependent upon the RFID application it is being used for.

We manufacture these tags to serve numerous RFID applications as below:

 
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Asset Management

 

RFID based asset management system helps an individual to keep a track of their assets. Asset can include any valuable thing to a company. This system provide a non-contact, non-line of sight method of automatically gathering, inspecting and distributing detailed production information and are capable of reading through metallic and non-metallic objects.

Asset management is an RFID application which requires hard or soft tags to track and identify assets of a company. Omnia Tags manufactures various range to RFID tags used for asset management.

IT Asset management is one aspect of the above, IT Asset tracking is tracking of the various IT asset of a company like laptop, CPU, monitor, keyboard etc. from the time of their purchase to time of disposal. Asset tracking enable you to identify and track change in the location of assets, increase or decrease the number of assets, track assignment status and user information.

 

Laundry Management

 

RFID Laundry tags enable companies to track linens, clothing, rags and other assets leading to efficient inventory management. Each laundry tag has a unique identification number which helps track every garment individually, quickly and accurately. Omnia’s laundry tags can be easily patched in garments and linens. They are designed to withstand pressure, heat and chemical exposure.

Major customers of RFID laundry management are Hospitality industry, Commercial launderers and dry cleaners, and healthcare.

 

Access & Security

 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags are being used for access control and security system for several years. Nowadays, the system of automatic identification has become necessary to overcome the security threats. The RFID based access & security system only allows the authorized person to enter or exit from a certain check point. RFID application for access and security includes- person identification, parking management, access control, library applications, etc.

We design and manufacture these tags for all the applications for Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing and all other industries. 

 

Animal Identification & tracking

 

Animals move from one farm to another and their movement cannot be controlled or stored like any other product. The manual process of data entering about the number of animal enters and exit from the farm is time consuming resulting in more possibilities of errors. RFID Technology is largely used now days to track and record animal information, where direct line-of-sight is not practical. Radio tracking technology can help determine exactly where an animal is at any moment in time and often what that animal is doing!

RFID Tags attached to animals provides basic information about the animals. These tags come in various different sizes and can be incorporated into ear tags. The tags can also be safely injected or embedded in a ceramic bolus and permanently placed into an animal’s stomach.

 

Waste Management

 

RFID tags to help municipalities and waste management companies optimize their resources and make the data collection process more efficient. Waste management companies and container manufacturers can choose from a broad spectrum of LF, HF and UHF passive contactless transponders that provide various levels of resistance to water, chemicals, shock, and temperature variation.

Waste disposal trucks equipped with RFID readers pick up waste bins marked with RFID tags. The readers then record the exact time and place for every waste bin that is emptied. Installation of RFID tags on trucks facilitates automatic identification of these trucks at waste disposal sites and feeds waste weight information to an integrated database. These RFID tags enable operators to monitor sorting quality, track the number of times a container is dispatched for collection as well as the weight of its contents. Automatic data collection quickens and simplifies the process of billing for services rendered and allows easy implementation of incentive programs.

 

Pharma & Healthcare

 

RFID Technology plays a crucial role in pharma & health-care industry, it includes equipment tracking, people identification and tracking, medical report monitoring, medicine tracking, and supply chain. Pharmaceutical companies and hospitals are becoming main customers for RFID Technology. It makes tracking and identification easier! RFID saves organisations time and money by storing patient information and monitoring their location in hospital. The data collected in real time is immediately available to personnel.

 

Inventory Management

 

With increasing complexities in the work process, managing inventory has become tough and important too. RFID application of inventory management helps to control inventory, stock security and quality management.

RFID technology helps in identification and recording of individual products and components, and to track them throughout the verticals from production to point-of-sale. This process does not require direct line-of-sight and it creates a real time visibility of stock in hand, thus helps proper utilisation to it. Every movement of the inventory/stock can be automatically stored on the system with the help of this technology.

 

NFC Application

 

Near field communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connection that allows for sharing data between several devices, as well as accessing information and carrying out commercial transactions only by approaching our credit card to a compatible reader.

Mobile payment is a point of sale (PoS) payment method which is done through smart phones facility which requires near field communication. Mobile payment is not only convenient but safe also. It is done through smart phones, and has reduced the requirement of carrying cash in hand.

Tracking and identification becomes important for any company when they hold a huge amount of material. RFID applications are majorly about tracking and identification of asset, inventory, waste, vehicles, human, animal, containers, baggage or any material as discussed above.

Radio frequency identification tags can be applied for tracking and identification of any object. This technology do not require any direct line of sight, it automatically stores all the information of tagged objects. Unlike barcode, Multiple (>100) RFID tags can be read simultaneously. Also, once up and running, the system can be completely automated or requires low human intervention. RFID applications includes- pallet tracking, vehicle tracking, parking management, jewellery management, electronic toll collection, mobile payment, manufacturing & automation, library applications, warehousing & distribution.