Automated Data Capture

Virtually any data collection process performed with a traditional paper and pencil can be managed with barcodes and mobile computers, creating a leap in productivity and accuracy. Whether you run a factory or a hospital, grow crops or harvest timber, effective management depends upon timely, accurate information. Automating data collection with a barcode system offers these benefits and more.

Barcode Data Capture

Data capture systems based on barcodes are still the most affordable and effective way to automate the collection of critical data. Nearly every industry’s requirements and environments can be improved with the use of barcodes to collect and track data. Whether implementing barcodes into a process or warehouse for the first time, or problem solving around custom labels, our team is experienced and ready to help answer your questions.

A successful barcoding solution relies upon barcode labels that stick when they should, come off when necessary, are readable when scanned, and can withstand your work environment. With many options on the market, searching for, finding, and selecting the right label can be daunting. To achieve ROI, you need the right combination of symbology, label type, mobile barcode printers, rugged mobile computers, barcode label software, label stock and ribbons for your application, and integration to your current business systems.

RFID & IoT Data Capture

As a partner to our customers, our goal is to continue to find ways to innovate and automate process to help them deliver a world-class experience to their customers and partners – and this includes RFID.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Technology) and IoT sensor technology are helping companies cut costs and errors from manufacturing, distribution, retailing, and inventory and asset management operations.

Unloading an inbound container, for instance, which may take about two and a half hours to individually scan, sort, and count cartons, may now take less than half an hour with RFID-tagged cartons. 

Once again, the strength of our approach is critical for finding the right combination and integration of RFID hardware (tags, readers, printers, antenna, etc.) with software, printers, and your current business operations. This is where the expertise of our RFID team comes into play.

We have designed, developed, and implemented RFID for many companies in a wide range of industries. Our mission is to empower our clients to achieve greater visibility in their business using RFID technology.

With RFID and IoT-based systems, our approach becomes even more critical. Since these solutions tend to be heavier on the engineering than a barcoding system, our team will prioritize learning your goals and processes first. If we do not believe you can achieve ROI with this type of technology, we will always tell you upfront.

Three Great Reasons to Use Automated Data Capture Solutions in Your Business

STREAMLINE SHIPPING AND RECEIVING

Whether you receive shipments with barcodes applied by suppliers, or if you need to print and apply labels for internal use, barcodes provide a way to monitor the flow of inputs. Labels identify the item, purchase order number, supplier, lot number, date of delivery and more. This information is then used to create a receiving and purchasing record which becomes part of the material’s history and provides lot traceability throughout its lifecycle. Barcode labels are often mandatory when shipping items. Barcode label software can integrate with your database systems to conveniently and efficiently generate barcode labels. Once the shipment is in transit, barcode labels provide an effective means of tracking packages and collecting proof of delivery.

BENEFITS OF AUTOMATING SHIPPING AND RECEIVING WITH RFID

  • Get the right stuff on the right truck, every time
    Read tags that are on individual items, pallets or containers to ensure that the right goods are on the right truck, every time. Verify shipments against the manifest and alert your team when a shipment is incomplete, contains the wrong items or is loaded on the wrong truck.
  • Track the direction of movement in and out of doorways
    Differentiate the direction of movement of items for greater flexibility. This allows for cross-docking operations and double-stacked forklift loads going in one door to drop off one item, then through the next door to drop off the second item.
  • Flexible reader installation for any environment
    Eliminate collisions with forklifts that happen with readers placed on posts in doorways.
  • Gain real-time, accurate data about the movement of goods in your operation
    Integrate real-time, item-level RAIN RFID data into enterprise shipping and logistics applications. The integration is proven and simple. You’ll have accurate information that enables your team to make key business decisions.
  • High performance. High data integrity. High confidence.
    Gain confidence that all the data about shipments is correct in the system of record. Our platform includes algorithms, diagnostics and advanced capabilities that eliminate stray reads, automatically adjust system performance and ensure accurate tag data delivery.
  • Track reusable shipping containers and other assets
    Add RAIN RFID tags to reusable shipping containers for automated management of where the containers have gone and when they’ve been returned. Automate the process of keeping track of reusable containers that are shipped out and returned to your business.

EFFECTIVELY MANAGE INVENTORY 

The most valuable characteristic of barcodes in inventory control is keeping track of parts, supplies, tools and materials that you purchase, stock and/or consume. Knowing what you have and where to find it prevents costly disruptions, saves money in purchasing and increases sales revenue.

RFID for Inventory Control

If you’re in a huge distribution center, you can’t measure your complete inventory often, because it requires people to walk around and count the inventory to make sure it matches the levels based on deliveries and shipments. But giant distribution centers (DC) often have problems counting everything. For example, a California-based retailer has several employees exclusively tasked with counting inventory. The DC is so big, they can only do two cycle counts every year.

But with RFID, they could count the inventory in a fraction of the time, because the tags send out a signal for the system to count. You could do a cycle count every week or month, just by having the sensors count the RFID tags in the building.

TRACK FIXED AND CIRCULATING ASSETS

Using barcodes to track fixed assets was one of this technology’s first applications. By attaching a label to capital equipment, office furniture, computers, machines and other fixtures, you are not only able to keep an account of what you own, but also easily calculate depreciation, conduct physical inventories and know when to perform preventative maintenance. Circulating assets include equipment, tools, files and other valuable inventory that changes hands within an organization. By tracking who has custody of each asset, you can minimize inefficiency and losses.

RFID for Asset Tracking

Using passive or active RFID tags affixed to assets like products, containers, equipment, and people, organizations can monitor, in real-time, location and status. Specialty tags have been developed to meet the needs of certain types of asset management, and this system has been successfully implemented many times in closed loops systems of returnable assets.

Returnable containers, bins, totes, etc. are costly supply chain assets that impact your ability to deliver products in a safe, cost-effective manner. Returnable totes and bins that are not available to deliver goods force customers to provide single use packaging at their expense. RFID technology can provide the visibility you need to limit expendable packing spend and possibly recoup lost costs. 

Automated data collection is our core. We would love to help you with your next tracking project.

Contact us today to get started!