Fundamentals of Automatic Identification & Data Control (AIDC)

Fundamentals of Automatic Identification & Data Control (AIDC)


Automatic Identification and Data Control (AIDC), also called Automatic Identification and Data Capture or Collection, is a type of technology that automatically identifies items, collects pertinent data about them and enters that data electronically into a computerized system. AIDC identifies, verifies, records, stores, and communicates information from packages, containers, or paper sources.

AIDC: Efficient and Accurate

The use of AIDC drastically improves efficiency within internal processes, specifically information management. Many businesses manage a large amount of paper-based data, with information that must be transferred from paper to electronic systems with various parameters to meet specific requirements of different situations. The use of paper information systems can be extremely wasteful with time spent recording and transferring data, which is also prone to human error and mistakes.

AIDC technologies benefit many types of companies by eliminating this transfer error with significant improvement in efficiency. Automated AIDC technologies identify and capture data with technologies such as barcodes, RFID tags, voice recognition, and other devices. Automatic identification and data control technologies benefit many types of businesses and applications, such as shipping and receiving, order fulfillment, inventory control, packaging, tracking, and complete supply chain management.

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RFID for Automatic Identification and Data Control

When information is scanned from a barcode with a handheld barcode scanner, information is quickly validated and transmitted for further processing. RFID tags provide advantages over barcodes in that they can be read without direct line of sight and with greater distance, as well as the ability to store large amounts of data in a small tag or label. An RFID reader can be fixed or mobile and captures data from an encoded tag in a defined zone. RFID tags can be semi-passive or battery-assisted and provide long read ranges.

Where is RFID for AIDC Beneficial?

RFID technology for AIDC provides benefits in many industries and applications, supporting information processing and product management throughout an entire facility. Some common areas where AIDC is beneficial include:

  • Order picking – picking products from inventory is streamlined and more accurate when using RFID for AIDC.
  • Assembly – automated information control ensures that the right components are in the right place at the right time for assembly processes.
  • Inventory management – AIDC helps companies to locate products quickly and accurately and to better manage inventory control.
  • Replenishment – ensures that the proper items are located in the correct areas.
  • Quality control – accurate information management improves quality control in every process of an organization.

AIDC improves processes in these areas and provides many benefits with accuracy throughout an entire organization.

RFID Tag And Label Solutions

The creation of RFID tags and labels is simple with RFID inlay insertion equipment like the P500 from Tamarack® Products. The P500 RFID easily produces RFID tags, tickets, and labels on your existing or new Flexo press. With quick setup and user-friendly controls, the P500 provides solutions to simplify integration into your press. Tamarack® is a leading global supplier of specialized equipment for converters and finishers that benefit the printing, forms, labels, and packaging industries.

Tamarack® Products offers more than 50 years of experience in designing, engineering, and manufacturing specialized equipment for web finishing and converting processes. We offer customized solutions to integrate with your press with modular and scalable solutions. Contact us to learn more about the many benefits of RFID tags and labels to benefit automatic identification and data control (AIDC).