RFID tags and labels are used in many industries and applications to identify and track a variety of items. RFID tool tracking applies to the management of various types of tools across a broad range of industries.
Why Use RFID Tool Tracking?
Managing a company’s assets is important for many reasons, and RFID tool tracking helps companies to maintain a variety of tools. An automated tool tracking system helps to manage assets to know exactly where they are in a building at any given time, to keep track of tools that are checked out of one location and into another, and for preventive maintenance tool schedules. Tool tracking systems are also important for high-dollar assets that could be prone to theft.
RFID asset tracking helps many businesses keep track of and manage their tools and assets.
What Companies Use RFID Tool Tracking?
Many types of companies use RFID tracking systems for tool and asset management. Some examples include:
- Plumbing and electrical companies
- Tool rental companies
These are just some examples of the many types of companies that benefit from an RFID tool tracking system.
Types of Tools and Assets Ideal for Tool Tracking
Any company asset that requires management, tight control, preventive maintenance, or theft prevention strategies are ideal for RFID tool tracking. Some assets that are commonly managed with asset tracking include:
- Hand tools
- Computer equipment
- Rental products
- Manufacturing products
- Tools or Dies used in die casting or molding
- Raw materials
This is a sample of products that are often candidates for automated RFID tool tracking.
Benefits of Tool Tracking with RFID
Automated tracking of tools with RFID technology provides many benefits to companies, such as identifying tool locations and finding lost tools. Automated tracking also helps companies to manage pain points in their manufacturing process and to better manage preventive maintenance programs. Automated tracking allows companies to see exactly where a tool is and to track movement. RFID tracking technology can provide tool usage history, history and frequency of usage, and maintenance information.
RFID Advantages over Barcodes
RFID tracking technology provides many benefits over the use of barcodes, with one of the greatest advantages being that an RFID tag can be read from a reader nearby without the need to position and scan a barcode. RFID technology allows for longer read ranges over barcode scanners. RFID tags can be read even if they are not in the line of sight, packed in a box, or hidden on a shelf. Another benefit is that RFID readers can read multiple tags or labels at once as opposed to barcodes which must be scanned one at a time.
RFID Inlay Insertion Equipment
RFID tags and labels are created with RFID inlay insertion equipment, such as the P500 from Tamarack® Products. Tamarack’s P500 RFID Inlay Insertion Equipment efficiently produces RFID tags, tickets, and labels in a single pass on your existing or new Flexo press. With Servo driven technology, RFID label production is simplified and integrated into your press with user-friendly operation and quick setup.
Tamarack’s MVW off-line RFID insertion equipment produces RFID tags, tickets, and labels in a completely offline platform configured to your specifications and requirements.
Tamarack® Products has been providing specialty equipment for in-line and off-line finishers and converters for more than 50 years. Established in 1969, we are a leading manufacturer of specialty web finishing equipment offering modular, scalable, and fully customized solutions to integrate with your finishing process. Contact us with any questions and to learn more about the many benefits of RFID inventory and tool tracking management.