RFID continues to be a hot topic in our industry. While many of our customers are adopting the technology, there are still questions around the reliability of RFID, specifically around its effectiveness when tags are placed on metal objects like tools.
In the past, tagging metal tools was a challenge because it either reflected or absorbed the RFID signal. In certain circumstances, the presence of metal actually improved the performance of an RFID tag by turning the item into an antenna. Now these issues have all but been eliminated with the introduction of specialty RFID tags for metal. The RFID-on-metal tags are designed to compensate for the effects of metal on the signal.
We have been working most recently with Xerafy, a global supplier of industrial RFID tags. Xerafy has developed a complete line of on-metals RFID tags that are ruggedized, small and lightweight. Some are even flexible enough to fit curved surfaces. Though still not as inexpensive as bar code labels, the costs of the tags have come down quite a bit in recent years and they do offer many cost-saving advantages over bar code labels.
Making the move to RFID can substantially improve both the accuracy and effectiveness of tool tracking, reducing the significant costs of tool replacement, lost productivity and inventory management.
If you are ready to make the switch to RFID, ToolHound can help. Give us a call and we can review your options with you to determine which tags would be most appropriate for your business and your pocketbook.
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