Radio frequency is a fairly old technology; however, its application to logistics and materials handling is relatively new, one reason has been the high cost of tags. However, the growing use of identification by radio frequency, RFID, has gone through economies of scale, making these more accessible and, consequently, to the final consumer, it has proved attractive in certain applications.
Still, costs are comparatively high compared to the traditional bar code; so its use currently is more advisable in pieces of a relatively high cost. This does not inhibit to have applications where, despite its higher cost is more advisable that the bar code, given the intrinsic advantages of RFID, for example, can read many items at once, which is not possible with a conventional bar code. Also allows reading distances, it can be re-writable, allows independent reading of the position of the label, qualities not attributable to the traditional bar code; in warehouses of certain features, you can make almost instantaneous inventories of thousands of SKU’s, addressing the reading pistols correctly. So RFID, provides services and benefits that cannot be derived with bar codes.
Industrial applications have appeared more at a pallet level and box, but curiously at the item level, particularly on expensive items to the final consumer (e.g., clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes) is very common to see RFID tags with substantially improved diligence, accuracy, speed and visibility of countless stores of customer service.
In the long term we will see more radio frequency identification and applications in logistics and material handling. With no doubt, you will have your latent opportunity area that will grow with the evolving printers, readers, own label and technology in general.
Whatever your needs are, G.I.Eicom * values the use of the best technologies, and when RFID will be part of the best solution, we will work together to ensure stable and rapid adoption of this technology.