Looking for better ways to improve visibility and efficiency across the value chain? Our experts can help you implement radio frequency identification technology (RFID) for product identification and traceability, from the manufacturing floor through to distribution and the retail store.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification technology that transmits the identity (in the form of a unique serial number) of an item or person, wirelessly by using radio waves, tags and readers.
At Matthews, we have access to the most comprehensive portfolio of tags and readers for the broadest range of markets and applications. We also have a breadth of experience in radio frequency identification technology for product identification and can help you implement modern wireless technologies to track products and equipment.
Typically RFID for identification technology has two components: the reader and the tag.
The tag is held inside the product or packaging, and contains a microchip that stores the information about the item or shipment, e.g. manufacturing date, destination, use-by date.
The reader retrieves data from the tag, which has two parts – a transceiver and an antenna. To activate the tag, the transceiver generates a weak radio signal (that may have a range of a few meters) and transmits it through the antenna, which in turn can receive signals back from the tag. The reader then passes the information in digital form to the computer system to be collected and analysed.
Every identification system is about collecting data, so what sets RFID for identification apart from other systems (such as barcodes)?
GS1 Australia manages the global standards for radio frequency identification technology, ensuring globally unique identification numbers are being used to effectively track and trace products, services and other items through the supply chain.
Contact Matthews to find out how RFID technology can meet your business goals.