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Tracking and Controlling Assets Using Bar Code and RFID

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Tracking and Controlling Assets Using Bar Code and RFID

  1. 1. Tracking & Controlling Assets Using RFID & Bar Code Presented by Steve A. Doerfler, President Julia Deets, Marketing & Internal Sales Manager
  2. 2. What This Presentation Will Cover <ul><li>Factors to consider in selecting tracking technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bar Code or RFID…or both </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RFID Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of using both RFID and Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Universal RFID Tag </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for and selecting an Integrator </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motorola </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>RF Technology – many different aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Type (i.e., passive, active, semi-active) </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency (i.e., LF, HF UHF) </li></ul><ul><li>For the purpose of this presentation, we refer to passive UHF RFID technology. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>What do we mean by an asset? </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed asset – furniture, machinery, computers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile assets – pallets, returnable containers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>For the purpose of this presentation, we include both fixed and mobile assets. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>Not RFID vs . Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Objective is to collect and manage data; technology shouldn’t dictate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the best solution for collecting and managing data? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>RFID </li></ul><ul><li>Metal – reflects RF, detunes antenna – affects readability </li></ul><ul><li>Liquids – absorb RF - affects readability </li></ul><ul><li>Radius or curved surfaces affect RF, read-range </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Surface composition not a factor </li></ul><ul><li>Can be designed for radius or curved surfaces </li></ul>Material composition of item being tracked (i.e., metal, plastic, wood, etc.)
  7. 7. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>RFID </li></ul><ul><li>May react differently in various environmental conditions </li></ul><ul><li>May not be economically feasible for worst case scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Can be designed to resist exposure to harsh environments </li></ul>Environmental Conditions
  8. 8. Selecting Tracking Technology – Factors to Consider <ul><li>Environmental Conditions Asset ID Tags May Face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UV exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abrasion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solvents </li></ul></ul>Important factors to consider when making technology decision and product decision.
  9. 9. RFID Benefits <ul><li>Ability to read multiple items in a short period of time (i.e., case lot unit containers, pallets, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased efficiency in time savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct more audits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased ROI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Line-of-sight not needed </li></ul><ul><li>to read tag </li></ul>
  10. 10. RFID Benefits <ul><li>Longer read-range </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is anticipated read-range? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Near field: inches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short range: up to 2 ft. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medium range: >2 ft to 10 ft </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long range: >10 ft to 40 ft </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended range: >40 ft </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits of Using Both RFID & Bar Code <ul><li>Minimal additional investment for Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Not all locations may be able to support RFID infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate Bar Code information into RFID inlay </li></ul>
  12. 12. Universal RFID Label <ul><li>Not always practical to use multiple types of labels in asset tracking application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More inventory, additional cost, and confusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inefficiencies created if specific labels not used for specific type of application (i.e., putting metal mount tag on plastic surface) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need one RFID label style consistent with </li></ul><ul><li>“ One Label Solution” for Bar Code </li></ul>
  13. 13. Characteristics of Ideal RFID Label for Asset ID <ul><li>Long read-range for mount-on-metal applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 10+ft. (using portable reader) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 20+ft. (using a fixed reader) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar read-range on other materials such as plastic, wood, liquids, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Abrasion/impact resistant </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical resistant </li></ul>
  14. 14. Characteristics of Ideal RFID Label for Asset ID <ul><li>Thin profile – minimal protrusion for resistance to shearing forces </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of surviving outdoor environments (i.e., UV rays) for a number of years </li></ul><ul><li>Size that will fit most assets </li></ul><ul><li>Available in high volumes </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates custom printing </li></ul>
  15. 15. Universal RFID Label <ul><li>Universal RFID Label that provides a “One Label Solution” for RFID </li></ul><ul><li>is now available on the market. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Searching for & Selecting an Integrator <ul><li>Why is an integrator necessary? </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of end users not equipped for RFID </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient expertise in RF and RFID technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified resources not available within company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexperience in integrating hardware and software for complete solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited contact for providers and limited knowledge of the products and solutions on the market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>Site survey and RF analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise with specific applications (i.e., asset tracking, access control, vehicle tracking) </li></ul></ul>What value does an integrator provide? Searching for & Selecting an Integrator
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Infrastructure installation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Firmware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specify RFID tags (with converter) </li></ul></ul></ul>What value does an integrator provide? Searching for & Selecting an Integrator
  19. 19. <ul><li>What should you look for in an integrator? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Area of expertise (i.e., asset tracking, access control, vehicle tracking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of installations – indicates experience </li></ul></ul>Searching for & Selecting an Integrator
  20. 20. <ul><li>What should you look for in an integrator? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Services offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site survey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In-house testing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System design </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware installation </li></ul></ul></ul>Searching for & Selecting an Integrator
  21. 21. RFID Case Study – Boeing <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needed a solution to track more than 100,000 high value company-owned and government-owned equipment between three different locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 95% of the parts and equipment have external movement or go back and forth between Department of Defense customers </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. RFID Case Study – Boeing <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As many as 20 parts are collected as a kit; each requiring manual inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many parts do not have a surface available to adhere a tag </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. RFID Case Study – Boeing <ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Double-sided RFID hang tag used to fasten to a part </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. RFID Case Study - Boeing <ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time Savings – before system manufacturing staging area spent a weekend of overtime sorting and inventorying kits of parts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sorting 500 kits now takes five minutes! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time visibility in Boeing’s supply chain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces loss of high-value parts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Misplaced tools or equipment can be “sniffed out” with handheld RFID reader </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. RFID Case Study – Motorola <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Shared Services electrical label uses equipment worth more than $3 million – oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, calipers, power supplies, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment room attendant maintained inventory manually signing equipment in and out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Misplaced and “lost” equipment was common </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. RFID Case Study – Motorola <ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RFID tags assigned to each piece of lab equipment with doorway hosting data exchange – first allowing access to the room and then allocating equipment to engineer </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. RFID Case Study – Motorola <ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System provides automated issuance and return of equipment and maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial ROI was $250,000; generated by eliminating staff hours, cutting downtime to check in and out of equipment room, and securing equipment for maintenance to avoid costly replacements </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Thank You!

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