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Guide to manufacturing RFID problems and challenges

Learn about common manufacturing RFID problems and how to solve them in this guide. Read about the unique challenges of manufacturing RFID, how to know if your organization is ready for RFID and more.
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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has numerous advantages for manufacturers, from allowing new ways of monitoring shipments to revolutionizing business processes. But what about the manufacturing challenges of RFID?

In this guide, we take a look at common RFID problems and challenges and how different organizations have dealt with them, many of which lead to the question: Is RFID worth the time, cost and effort?

One of the first steps to avoiding RFID problems is to make sure your organization is ready for RFID before you begin implementation. This podcast helps you evaluate whether your company is a good candidate for an RFID implementation and what infrastructure should be in place before beginning an RFID initiative.

What are some common RFID problems? Here are a few challenges that can get in the way of a company using RFID:

  • Lacking infrastructure before implementation
  • Issues with data synchronization and data management
  • Price of RFID
  • Lack of skills, resources and understanding of the technology

For more information on RFID problems and how users have dealt with RFID challenges in their own companies:

Challenges delay RFID rollout for retailer (Vnunet): Read about how UK supermarket giant Tesco delayed its broad RFID rollout by several years as a result of performance issues with tags, reader speeds at warehouse and distribution points and radio frequency standards.

RFID skills shortage seen (ITBusiness.ca): Learn how companies researching radio frequency identification technology are having trouble finding enough skilled personnel to deploy the technology.

Roadblocks could slow RFID (cnet.com): As RFID grows in popularity, new roadblocks also appear, specifically when companies don't have a stable infrastructure in place before implementing RFID and rush to use the new technology before fully understanding it. Read about how a data synchronization initiative should also be completed before using RFID, especially when company data is stored in different databases and from different vendors.

This was first published in March 2010

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