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‘You’re it!’ product tagging goes right to the bottom line

Automated product information and data collection enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) are improving the budgets at a host of businesses.

These scanning and tracking methods are proving effective in boosting productivity, measuring inventory flow and solving loss-control questions.

CONTROLTEK ISS, the Cranford-based provider of RFID applications, says the technology offers numerous benefits for companies adopting it.

Once a military use, it has become a proven success in supply-chain management, among many other operations, functioning efficiently even under conditions that present visual and environmental challenges.

Moreover, RFID technology can store and retrieve considerable amounts of information, making this a desirable part of inventory management.

Just as EZ-Pass is a system of RFID technology for a car, CONTROLTEK ISS can tag and mange whatever a business needs.

With RFID, a product is affixed with a tag, embedded with information about its item. When scanned, the tag interacts with a radio-frequency reader.

When a product is transported, a scanning sequence documents its movement through checkpoints until it reaches its destination. And as a loss-control measure, it can pinpoint where movement ceased.

Although tag circuitry can be programmed to monitor temperature and humidity, it can also be given levels of security such as encryption and password protection.

These measures are useful against malicious rogue scans searching for vulnerabilities in sensitive data, as in payment authentication.

RFID readers can differentiate units of identical items because unique identifiers. Same items can be read at a time, and a tag’s data can be gleaned over a long distances.

It’s also possible to include a kill feature for removing data permanently.

RFID: How It Works

RFID, one of the most modern and interesting forms of technology, is the foundation for CONTROLTEK’s undertaking to be the most ingenious Security Tagging Provider in the world. By providing a link between data capture and storing every stage of business from inventory management to shipping and payment, RFID empowers “commerce through innovation” at your retail stores. From order to stock-take, this advanced identification can be affixed to an object and be used for a variety of applications.

The way in which RFID works is not complicated. The RFID labels are first printed and applied to the products. The application of the RFID plate on the product enables the automatic recording of the delivery of the product when it comes to the retail store. The packing list is printed so that the step of checking manually for the delivery of each product is eliminated. The products are instantly added to the stocklist and all data is updated on the system, which guarantees that the stock management is controlled and up to date.

As each delivery enters the stock room it is registered by the RFID plates. As the inventory moves between the stockroom and the stockfloor, the stocklist continues to be updated. Product groups can be scanned within seconds to measure stocksize and all inventory can be scanned to easily find out if any deliveries are missing or if there are any discrepancies. One of the major benefits of RFID is that the quantity and condition of the inventory delivered can be checked within a very short amount of time. At checkout, the products are registered using the RFID plates and these products are removed from the stocklist as the customer leaves the store, with any goods not registered at checkout activating the alarm. Everything is done instantly and there is no waiting involved.