How does RFID technology benefit the textile industry?

Mexico ranks fifth Business partner Inside Imports The United States is worth 5,725 billion dollars.

In the first quarter of 2024, the National Chamber of Textile Industry (CANAINTEX) reported this.

Based on this condition, management Goods and process optimization have become critical factors in the success of this industry.

This was confirmed by Logística de México (LDM), a specialized consulting firm supply chain Y Logistics With a presence in Mexico and Latin America.

Its CEO, Jose Ambe, highlighted that this technology has become a catalyst for efficiency. Inventory management and process optimization in the textile industry.

“Its implementation has shown significant reductions in errors, sorting times and inventory taking, thereby changing the competitiveness of companies in the market as it is today,” he explained.

Advantages of RFID technology

The adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has emerged as a disruptive solution that will revolutionize the operations of textile businesses both at distribution centers (CEDIS) and points of sale.

In its case studies, the company identified the benefits of implementing RFID in CEDIS.

A significant reduction in 99% errors was obtained while distributing goods.

Also, template errors for inventory management reduced lead time by 47%, 90%. Order classification And in the receiving process Commodity94% increase in uptake cargo.

Meanwhile, the points of sale were able to reduce the time for receiving goods and taking inventory by 94%.

In addition, they eliminated inventory shortages by 90% and increased the reliability of perpetual inventory by 99%.

The introduction of RFID has significantly revolutionized industrial processes, highlighting the time it takes to receive goods, which used to take up to 3 hours and currently takes only 10 minutes, the text highlighted.

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It took 4 days to pick up the shipment and it was ready in 2 hours today.

In Latin America, logistics costs account for 24% of product value.

According to the World Bank, companies that implement RFID in developed countries improve their processes by investing only 8%.

What is RFID technology?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology uses radio waves to identify and track objects.

They are labels or RFID tags that contain stored information and readers that emit and receive radio signals to communicate with the tags.

How does RFID technology work?

This can be described in the following steps:

RFID tags

They are small electronic devices that contain a microchip and an antenna. They can be passive (without battery) or active (with battery).

Lecturers RFID

They are devices that emit radio signals and receive responses from RFID tags.

Communication

When the reader emits a signal, RFID tags within its range pick up the signal and activate it.

The tags respond to the reader by transmitting information stored on the microchip using radio signals.

Information processing

Once the reader receives the responses from the RFID tags, it processes the information and sends it to a centralized system or another device for processing and analysis.

This information may include details about the product, location, date of manufacture, tracking history and other relevant data.

Types of RFID tags and readers

Hang tags

Passive: They do not have an internal power source and derive the energy they need to operate from the electromagnetic field created by the RFID reader.

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They are economical and widely used in inventory and asset tracking applications.

Active: have their own internal energy source.

Compared to passive tags they can transmit signals independently and have a higher reading range.

They are ideal for applications that require long-range, real-time monitoring, such as fleet management or tracking high-value assets.

Semi-passive: They combine the characteristics of passive and active tags.

They have an internal battery to power some functions, such as additional sensors, but still rely on the RFID reader for power for communication.

They are used when more functionality and flexibility are required.

Lecturers RFID

Fixed: They are installed in a fixed place like entrance doors or specific areas.

They are ideal for continuous, automated tracking of products or assets as they move through a production line or warehouse.

Portable: These are mobile devices that can be carried by users to read RFID tags at remote locations or on the go.

They are useful for field inventories, property surveys, or inventory counts in retail stores.

Integrated: These readers are integrated into other devices such as mobile phones, tablets or printers.

They enable RFID functionality in devices already used in daily business operations, simplifying implementation and expanding device capabilities.

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