Market needs are increasingly aimed at identifying systems capable of tracing the life cycle of products, starting well before their birth, in order to obtain various competitive advantages: automising production processes, certifying the origin of the product, optimising quality control by uniquely associating it with the controlled product, carrying out an easy and fast management of the warehouse.
BAT, a start-up that Brustia created to focus on machine design for the management of RFID devices and to develop software solutions for operators and microcontrollers, wants to meet these needs. Basically, Brustia’s 60 years of experience in mechanics merge with cutting-edge software to create products in support of a smarter industry.
But what is an RFID system?
It is a system capable of uniquely identifying objects through radio-frequency (RFID) tags.
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. The RFID automatic identification technology is based on the propagation of electromagnetic waves in the air, allowing the automatic (hand free), massive and remote identification of both static and moving objects.
By exploiting the information transmitted and received by these circuits, it is possible to automate and track the production and logistic phases. And, in conjunction with the Internet of Things, it allows objects and machines to connect and exchange data.
Why RFID is better than other technologies
Because it offers undeniable advantages compared to other solutions: it is easy to position on materials and in production units; it withstands heat, pressure and torsion; it ensures excellent reading performance having no frontal, tag integrity, or particular light condition constraints. It also allows for a cumulative reading of references.
The benefits of adopting RFID technology
There are several reasons and aims that should push all companies to adopt RFID solutions: simplifying, automating, speeding up, tracking production and logistics, as well as reducing possible errors. Let us see concretely where it is possible to receive the greatest benefits deriving from these systems.
WORK PREPARATION PHASE
RFID technology allows you to automate the preparation process of a machine by reducing both processing times and error margins. In fact, the proximity between the product (equipped with a correctly matched RFID tag) and the machine (equipped with antennas for tag reading) will be sufficient for the machine to automatically set itself to correct processing.
TO TRACK AND SEE THE PROGRESS OF PRODUCTION PHASES
The same system also allows an advanced and timely management control of the production process able to monitor production progress and provide related statistics that allow, among other things, to make better balanced real-time decisions.
An advantage that, in addition, fulfills the requirements of Industry 4.0 by activating an automated integration with the logistics system of the factory or the supply network and other machines in the production cycle.
FOR A BETTER WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT
It goes without saying that what has been said so far also leads to an optimised logistics management. In fact, thanks to the adoption of tunnels, gates and massive readers, it is also possible to acquire information relating to the stocks and movements of the warehouse and process them by using management software.
There are many advantages that can be exploited in this way: the fast control of the goods in the warehouse without having to open the packaging or carry out manual counts; the reduction of counting errors; the digitalisation of the management of bills/ PLs and the automation of volumetric or weight measurements; real-time knowledge of warehouse stocks for managing reorders.
The system’s potential also includes monitoring in-store sales and closing the circle between production and logistics. An increasingly crucial circle in a market that is more and more directed towards customised and on-demand productions.
FOR QUALITY CONTROL
Brustia knows how quality control has become a crucial moment in the production phases for a supplier to avoid serious problems once the goods have been delivered. In fact, for some years now it has been developing increasingly advanced scanner systems for the world of footwear, leather goods and fur. RFID systems do nothing but implement the traceability and digitisation of the various check results.
You will get real time reports associated to each individual unit, that can be easily filed, without data loss, to be also consulted online.
What is involved in adopting RFID technology
In terms of infrastructures, the adoption of antennas capable of communicating with RFID tags to be placed in the factory or on board the machinery. The implementation of tunnels or gates to manage the handling of products and special machinery for quality control or product measurement. The insertion of RFID tags in products (in footwear between the lining and the upper, often in the toe). The adoption of software dedicated to the management of RFID systems.
In terms of management: providing for the positioning phase of the tag within the product and the association of the RFID tag with the processing bills to obtain a unique match that gives life to the single digital unit.
THE BAT SYSTEM
BAT can provide a complete system ranging from RFID tags, to machines already designed to manage production flow and quality control, support infrastructures, and internally developed proprietary software, which can be installed both locally and in cloud. An integrated and made in Italy offer which, being entirely managed by BAT, also provides the possibility to be customised to manage different types of data and installations.