RFID for Inventory Control in Manufacturing Operations
Managing inventory levels in a cost-effective and revenue-driven manner can be difficult, even for the most experienced manufacturer. Without access to effective software to help automate inventory control processes, properly managing inventory levels can be quite the challenge for manufacturers. AssetPulse RFID asset tracking software helps to automate inventory management.
AssetPulse’s RFID inventory control capabilities allow manufacturers to automate their processing based off of previous purchasing trends and can even set reminder alerts to replenish raw material orders when needed. With real time inventory data, inventory control becomes less of a pain point and more a background process.
How inventory is traditionally managed?
There are many different approaches to control inventory. The spreadsheet is an oft-used basic method using a variety of columns to track data. A column is used to deduct what is sold. Additionally, a log for returns and new incoming stock is maintained. It requires continuous manual monitoring to ensure every transaction is accounted for. Of course, this is an incredibly labor-intensive process. The information is difficult to share, and extremely vulnerable to human error. People are prone to make mistakes––mistakes that are difficult to track and result in inaccurate inventory numbers.
A manufacturer relies on inventory to complete a finished product for which they expect to get paid. For example, an aerospace manufacturer has millions of dollars in parts in their inventory of raw materials that they include in the finished product.
Forecasting demand is essential for any business. For a manufacturer, this means having enough inventory on hand to meet this demand. If a manufacturer fails to forecast demand and orders too little inventory, they face the possibility of losing customers to a competitor. A late order may come at a higher expense, as supplier prices rise due to increased demand. If the manufacturer overestimates demand and orders too much inventory, they have capital tied up in excess inventory and have to incur additional storage costs.
AssetPulse RFID Asset Tracking solutions
Inventory management can be automated with the help of AssetPulse RFID asset tracking solutions. RFID tags are affixed onto the items that are inventoried. With the help of Fixed RFID readers or handheld RFID scanners, inventory data is updated in real-time or periodically, whichever is preferred.
This inventory data is centrally stored in a web based system that can be readily accessed from anywhere. Additionally, AssetPulse RFID asset tracking solutions also alert users when inventory levels are running below par. All this happens automatically without any human intervention, thereby making the otherwise time consuming process very efficient and accurate.
The RFID asset tracking software also has different reports including historical reports which enables manufacturers to forecast a demand and stock required inventory.