How RFID technology has improved efficiency for warehouses

The world of automation is transforming with new technology that a few short years ago wasn’t available anywhere close to the capacity that it is today.  Acura Embedded Systems Inc. has developed systems that employ RFID technology, taking their rugged solutions to the next level. 

RFID technology—Radio Frequency Identification (a technology that allows for the automatic identification of objects, animals, or people)—is not just a better bar code, rather its capabilities include providing more data, greater accuracy of that data, and automated delivery.  A line of sight is not required, and it can read thousands of items simultaneously.  Its many benefits include improved accuracy, visibility, operational efficiency, and security.  It provides opportunities to quantify processes and map improvements as well as opportunities for exception based management. 

Acura Embedded Systems Inc. employs this cutting edge technology to take the effectiveness of its rugged systems to the next level—specifically in warehouse management.  It has proved to be incredibly beneficial in tracking assets, verifying products, tracking cases, recording data, automating delivery and shipment notifications, preventing mis-shipments, improved cross dock/dock utilization, exception processing, rapid searching or inventorying, rapid pallet or shipping unit build, and much more. 

The AcuPNL 17W-PB6 is one of the Acura computers that utilizes this revolutionary technology.  The 17” HD Wid Screen Bundled Panel Computer is a host to many beneficial features.  It includes 16:9 17.3” Full HD LED Panel, 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4300I, 1.9Ghz, Dual 2.5” Removable Hot Swappable Storage with RAID, support 4 G, RFID, Wi-Fi, and BT Module.  It also contains 4 LAN and 2nd Display-VGA Port, Support Embedded OS (Win 7 Pro/8.1 64bits), and Mounting Support for Panel/Wall/Stand/VESA. 

To expand on its RAID feature—RAID stands for “redundant array of independent disks (originally redundant array of inexpensive disks), it is a method of storing the same data in more than one location—on multiple hard disks.  By putting data on multiple disks, I/O (input/output) operations can overlapped in a balanced way, improving performance.  As multiple disk storage increases the mean time between failures, this kind of data storage also increases fault tolerance. 

The AcuTab 501B also contains the ground-breaking RFID technology.  It is an incredibly powerful rugged tablet for tough environments.  Its features include 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor 535OU, IP65, MIL-STD-810G, 5 feet drop resistance, 1000 nit sunlight readable display, and its Capacitive multi-touch supports glove touch.  It also includes RFID, GNSS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional 4G LTE, Hot swappable battery design, wide expansion design for data capture, and Dual pass-through connector for WLAN, GNSS, and WWAN. 

The RFID technology uses a process that involves a radio signal issued from the reader that connects to the antenna.  This is incredibly practical in a variety of settings, particularly in warehouse management.  Currently the vast majority—over 90%—of warehouses and distribution centers are still only partially automated or completely manual-based. The RFID solutions for improving back-end processes are available today, and they are proving their value on a daily basis in a number of different business environments. 

Do not hesitate to contact one of our expert sales people today to find out which of Acura’s rugged computers is right for you.

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