Imagine clothes shopping at a department store. You have several items in your arms and walk to a register. You drop the pile onto the checkout counter and watch in amazement as all your items automatically appear on a screen in front of you, waiting for payment. Somehow, the lot was magically scanned simply by dropping them onto the checkout counter!
RFID use at Point of Sale (PoS) checkout is now available where items are automatically transmitted into the register by simply placing them on the counter. No need to locate the barcode, no swiping, no separating, no rotating, no lasers. Simply dropping the pile onto the counter is all that is required. For the “Checkout Scanner” scenario, we have located the perfect Short Range Point of Sale RFID Scanner that uses keyboard emulation (just like barcode scanners) to automatically add all items on the checkout counter directly into the register.
This PoS RFID scanner reads all RFID labels up to 1 ft (12 inches).
However, many retailers are concerned that other items may be inadvertently scanned inside the 12 inch scan area and added to a customer’s order. They are interested in a Point of Sale scanner with much shorter scan range so that no items are accidentally added into the customer’s order.
For these retailers, we have the “Touch and Go” UHF RFID PoS Scanner which only reads RFID labels on contact, or up to only 1 inch from the scanner.
Use either scanner at checkout depending on the particular retail use case. What do you think? Is retail ready to migrate to RFID Point of Sale scanners? If so, do you think read range should be 1 inch or up to 12 inches?
The eChain RFID Point of Sale (POS) Scanner is a professional UHF RFID scanner that replaces your barcode scanner at point-of-sale and check-out registers. An elegant yet durable RFID reader unit that incorporates an RFID reader and antenna into a single, elegant plug-and-play unit that connects to a USB port for power and data.
Moving from barcode scanning to RFID scanning is as simple as plugging this reader into your checkout system USB port.
This is probably the easiest RFID reader on the market to use and comes pre-configured and ready to use out of the box! Simply plug into your computer. RFID Tag scans are automatically transmitted to your open application or notepad-type text app using keyboard wedge technology just like a barcode reader. Will automatically sent RFID EPC Tag number directly into your shopping cart application for totally automated checkout.
On Monday morning, your customer service line rings and your service agent logs a call about a product failure with your new laser-turbo Diffendoofer. Someone was almost injured! By the end of the day, you receive seven more similar calls. Your QA team immediately suspect a cluster of product failures, and frantically begins researching root cause and potential scope of impact.
Sometimes root cause analysis is easy. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone and Hoverboard fails can be quickly linked to a lithium ion battery. But wait, is this really accurate? Is it the lithium ion battery, or the charger? Is it a certain brand or manufacturer of battery or charger that is consistent with the product failures, or really something else? If you are like most manufacturing companies, you use multiple vendors for different components, and each manufacturer may deliver slightly different variations of components over time as they evolve their own production processes. Linking specific components and materials to a finished product is nearly impossible.
Quickly understanding and addressing product failure root cause can be the difference between a great public relations turnaround success story or an epic company failure ending in crushing lawsuits and bankruptcy.
eChain Technology has developed WIP-TRAK to address traceability and compliance needs for manufactured and assembled products. WIP-TRAK is a module of the eChain Global Business Manager solution. If your company was using eChain WIP-TRAK, your customer service agent could quickly and easily check the failed products to identify common components, materials, machines, and even specific workers who touched or inspected the product.
eChain WIP-TRAK supports UDI (Unique Device identifier) or Serialized materials and parts used in the manufacture or assembly of a finished product. Using an extremely simple interface (4 fields), workers log each step in a work order process with barcode scanner, or automatically using RFID.
At each station, the worker would:
1) Scan the new component barcode (beep!),
2) Scan the work order barcode (beep!),
3) Scan the employee’s badge/ID (beep!),
4) Scan the location/station (beep!)… Done.
That’s it! In seconds, the new component (or machine or assembly or quality check) and its specific cost is linked to the finished good and time-stamped. As the work order moves from station to station, we generate a transfer transaction and track time-in-station, worker and items physically located at each station at that time. Reports show how long jobs/items and assemblies are held at each station, and where a specific work order is at any point in time. Monitor the quantity levels of assemblies or materials by station to ensure no disruption or delays. Monitor that each Quality Check has been performed. Track specific machines that were used on each product or job.
Using eChain WIP-TRAK, you can clearly identify that your new laser-turbo Diffendoofer product failures appear to be related to a specific batch of flux capacitor manufactured by Yekko Inc. and your potential impact is 500 products. Because the eChain Global Business Manager manages unique devices, you can further identify the specific customers who purchased the 500 units in question within minutes. In the same day as the product defects first appear, you can identify root cause, common components, and customers who purchased the defective items using eChain Technology.
Managers can quickly and accurately track specific Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for each specific finished product, or generate aggregated profit/loss reports.
Many companies do not have quantitative information on product cost and need to better track and manage specific costs associated with the products they manufacture and sell. Using eChain Global Business Manager with WIP-TRAK, companies can review profit/loss reports by item, by category, by location. This real-time information can help companies fine-tune their pricing model to maximize profitability.
eChain WIP-TRAK tracks each specific machine used for every work order or job. Some machines are used more often than others. Some machines break down more frequently than others, and some machines are simply better than others. Use WIP-TRAK to identify specific machine defect rates. Track how many times specific machines were used, and schedule periodic preventative maintenance based on usage or defects using eChain WIP-TRAK.
eChain Global Business Manager is a low-cost, cloud-based solution that enables your entire organization to quote, sell, purchase, locate, track and manage inventory and assets in facilities and locations across the planet and in local languages. The solution is completely RFID-enabled using the eChain RFID Enterprise Connector and RFID Tech. Provides enterprise Order-to-Cash capabilities, Unique Device Management/Serialized stock tracking and Work-in-Process (WIP) tracking in an affordable and easy to use package with graphical user interface and rich reporting. Enables companies to purchase, manage, track, sell and report items globally using fewer employees and systems. Supports inventory, asset and employee tracking, rental, service, manufacturing/assembly and retail applications.
eChain Technology specializes in RFID, supply-chain and enterprise solutions that immediately address business cost areas and improve operational performance. We offer innovative applications, system integration, full service consulting, and custom application development.