RFID Solutions

Real-Time Tracking of Business-Critical Assets

Many companies today face the challenges of asset and inventory management using cumbersome manual data collection and entry processes or legacy technology, which results in the delay of critical information necessary to run an efficient operation. Without real-time visibility within key business processes, companies face the challenge of not having the right asset, at the right time, in the right place. Or even worse yet, losing high-value or business-critical assets.

Peak-Ryzex provides RFID technology solutions (radio frequency identification) that eliminate manual data entry and process bottlenecks. By providing real-time visibility, our RFID software improves the automated scanning of assets and overall supply chain management.

Peak-Ryzex’s in-depth knowledge of best practices in the areas of distribution centers, warehousing, manufacturing, and asset management and tracking have assisted our customers in determining system justification and attaining the associated return on investment for RFID projects. 

Read our RFID Asset Tracking Case Study to learn more about how customers have benefitted from our services and expertise.

Peak-Ryzex provides a single source to ensure that all RFID components(hardware, software, process review and redesign, training, documentation, onsite support) are well-integrated into the entire system.

As an unbiased RFID consultant working as an extension of your team, Peak-Ryzex observes and points out concepts and approaches that need to be discussed to ensure the success of the project. Peak-Ryzex places a large emphasis on the design of the system. Our experience has shown that proper systems design is a large contributor to the total success of an RFID systems project.

What does working with the RFID specialists are Peak-Ryzex look like? Here is an overview of our process. Contact us to find out how we can customize our RFID solutions to meet your business needs.

The purpose of the statement of work (SOW) is to understand the customer’s business goals and to determine the business processes and technology solution required to support those goals. To verify that a proper understanding of the customer’s requirements have been communicated, a “SOW” of the customer’s future business process will be prepared and presented to the customer for approval. This SOW will finalize the detailed scope of the project, and include all operational requirements as well as the hardware, software, and services to implement that vision.

Once the customer has approved the SOW, the Peak-Ryzex team will start designing and building a customized, cost-effective RFID technology system.

  • Meetings with project stakeholders and operations managers to define targeted goals and expectations
  • Read performance testing within the customer’s environment using best practices
  • Provide recommendations on tag selection to optimize read performance and solution success
  • Deliverable in the form of a written report detailing:
    • Feasibility, recommended process, read point locations, and tags
    • Bill of material (BOM) recommendations and estimates for an RFID Pilot
    • Design of RFID pilot including desired use cases that are feasible
  • Usually targets one facility or plant with a pre-defined number of read points
  • The POC/Pilot is an opportunity to set up a customer-owned subset of the RFID solution in a controlled scenario in the customer’s environment. The results of this pilot will help determine the success/failure of expected goals and present an opportunity to adjust processes and expectations to achieve desired results
  • Functional analysis of the customer’s site
  • Gain an understanding of the customer’s project objectives
  • Ensures the intended use case and business process is feasible and can be handled properly from the targeted RFID system design
  • Determine optimum locations for RFID readers (dock door, conveyor, drive-through portal, shrink wrap, etc.)
  • Verify assets to be tagged with RFID labels (items, cases, pallets, etc.)
  • Technical analysis of the customer’s site and/or result of RFID POC
  • The deliverable for this step is a bill of materials (BOM) and scope of work for all hardware, software, passive or active RFID tags, and services that are required. Determine number of readers, handheld readers, antennas, antenna cable lengths, and the proposed locations
  • Determine required mounting hardware configurations for readers and antennas, brackets, enclosures, and light bars
  • Determine AC Power availability and future requirements (readers, sensors, light bars, printers, HHT Stations)
  • Determine host connectivity availability/requirements
  • During this stage, Peak-Ryzex will also clearly outline the responsibilities of each of the parties
  • Develop interfaces between the hardware and software
  • RFID software is customized according to the specifications of the SOW
  • Master data load
  • Number range management
  • Label printing and encoding
  • Fixed portal read performance, configuration adjustments
  • Software functionality

The RFID System Deployment phase occurs at the customer site per the system’s design and customer’s expectations. Peak-Ryzex will send the customer a pre-installation checklist prior to arriving on site. Peak-Ryzex will then verify that the customer is ready to complete the installation.

The RFID System Deployment involves installing and configuring the RFID solution in the customer’s environment (i.e. hardware, software). The system is then tested against the design to confirm results. In addition, software components are installed.

Some of the processes/objectives that may be completed during the RFID hardware and system installation include:

  • Unpacking the RFID printers, readers, antennas, cables, and applicators
  • Confirm with customer the:
    • Mounting of RFID hardware to the mounting platforms and bracketry
    • Routing and securing of the antenna, power, and data interconnection cabling
    • (All installed platforms/brackets will be attached to the floor/wall/ceiling and wiring done by customer personnel)
  • Assist customer in configuring the RFID hardware per the site analysis and verifying with the software that the reader and antennas are operating correctly
  • Work with the customer to confirm that their application is communicating to the RFID reader via the Ethernet or serial connection
  • Document RFID hardware setup and configuration in the “As Built” document
  • Peak-Ryzex will provide full training for system administrators and for client’s internal “user trainers”. We focus on a “train the trainer” approach so that knowledge of the system is transferred to the client’s employees. Much of the training occurs during the pilot and implementation phases of the project followed up by final as-built documentation
  • Peak-Ryzex can customize not only the training content and format, but also provide the customer the specific training documentation to suit their needs
  • Peak-Ryzex will provide full training for system administrators and for client’s internal “user trainers”. We focus on a “train the trainer” approach so that knowledge of the system is transferred to the client’s employees. Much of the training occurs during the pilot and implementation phases of the project followed up by final as-built documentation
  • Peak-Ryzex can customize not only the training content and format, but also provide the customer the specific training documentation to suit their needs

For more information on our RFID services, contact our team at 1-888-492-6346.

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