What Are Integrated RFID Portals?

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With increasing inventory volumes and velocities, companies need to maintain an accurate view of where assets are located throughout their warehouse operations. Proven to be effective in asset tracking and inventory automation, RFID tags can be efficiently read, as assets pass through operational checkpoints on the warehouse floor. Integrated RFID portals help companies manage and monitor inventory, control costs, and optimize workflows with fast, reliable, and highly automated updates as tagged assets pass through a portal or checkpoint throughout the day.

WHAT ARE INTEGRATED RFID PORTALS USED FOR?

Integrated UHF RFID portals are excellent for workflow management, asset management, traceability, and compliance applications. They can be used in different commercial and industrial environments to help maximize throughput and provide high data accuracy as part of an automated asset tracking solution. Many businesses rely on integrated RFID portals in warehouses, manufacturing plants, pharmaceutical plants, labs, hospitals, warehouses, and retail backrooms. These portals are helpful in tracking a variety of different assets, including IT devices, lab specimens, pharmaceutical items, retail inventory, boxed products, and more.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTEGRATED RFID PORTALS?

The different types of portals can vary based on the company. At Zebra Technologies, there are four different types of portals available that can be utilized to deploy into RFID tracking operations. The four types are a transition RFID portal, wall-mount RFID portal, fixed RFID tunnel, and an integrated RFID table.

The transition RFID portal is primarily used at dock doors to reduce the need for human intervention and manual scanning at common checkpoints. Next, the wall-mount RFID portal provides versatile RFID tracking as they are placed at doorways and hallways near storage rooms, offices, and warehouses. For improving conveyor operations, the fixed RFID tunnel would be ideal as it automatically reads tagged assets giving efficiency to conveyor throughput and workflow accuracy. Lastly, the integrated RFID table has RFID antennas mounted underneath to read items placed on the table at any orientation so that all items passing through are accounted for as it moves through your operations.

WHAT ARE THE KEY FEATURES OF AN INTEGRATED RFID PORTAL?

Integrated RFID portals can come with a variety of features, which can range depending on who manufactured the technology, but most features can provide an easy-to-deploy transition to your operations. Integrated RFID portals come fully assembled and ready to deploy using Power over Ethernet (PoE). In addition, these portals are compatible with a company’s full RFID portfolio to help ease the setup on the warehouse floor. For example, if you have RFID readers, scanners, or tags in your business, you can apply those to the RFID portals and continue to utilize current assets instead of having to incur more costs to set them up. Most importantly, integrated RFID portals are built to withstand multiple environments such as transportation and logistics, manufacturing, warehouse, and healthcare.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED RFID PORTALS?

Implementing integrated RFID portals can provide many benefits to warehouse and manufacturing operations. Since virtually any asset can have an RFID tag applied, if the asset is tagged, every time it passes through one of the portals, it will automatically be logged by the warehouse or inventory management system. This will help ensure all assets are accounted for as they move across the floor and different checkpoints on their journey. In addition, the portals utilize multi-linear Wave® Antenna technology that provides a rectangular field between panels to ensure that an asset isn’t missed because of where it passed through the portal. Also, with specialized antenna technology being incorporated into the portals, they will tune out crosstalk that will sustain a highly accurate read rate. Integrated RFID portals can improve asset visibility.

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