Zebra Technologies, a market leader in tracking and printing solutions, predicts that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) will be used by the majority of industrial manufacturers within the next five years. In a recent global survey conducted by Zebra, 64 percent of respondents said that RFID would play a major part in their manufacturing processes – to track work in progress - by 2022.
RFID is the process of using electromagnetic waves to identify and track electronic tags attached to specific objects and product components. A key advantage of an RFID tag over a barcode label is that “line-of-sight” isn’t required. RFID is used extensively in factories and manufacturing plants to monitor production processes and materials - ensuring greater quality control. RFID can also be used for post-factory tracking in a supply chain management system.
According to Zebra, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is forcing manufacturers to embrace RFID and other emerging technologies, such as wearables and automated systems, “to enhance visibility and improve quality.” Industrial manufacturers who don’t embrace Industry 4.0 (the “smart factory” concept) run the risk of becoming uncompetitive. To assist with the transition to Industry 4.0, Zebra offers an extensive range of RFID solutions, including readers (both handheld and fixed), antennas, RFID printers and electronic tags (labels).