Using Active RFID in Food Production

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In an increasingly competitive landscape, food companies involved in product manufacturing are facing more and more challenges. For food manufacturers, there is a lot to contend with – market saturation, an endless supply of new products, and fewer opportunities for growth.

Organizations, therefore, realize the only way to develop a sustainable operation is to prioritize efficiency.  Implementing an active RFID  (radio frequency identification) solution across an operation is one way to achieve this.

In its basic form, active RFID systems use a combination of tags and readers to collect data that can be used in a variety of ways, the result of which is to generate business value.

In a food production facility, the opportunity extends beyond data collection. Here are a few processes food manufacturers can achieve greater efficiencies by deploying an active RFID system.

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1. Increased Productivity

Knowing how everyone works is a critical step to improving productivity. RFID technology can help capture data about employees at different points in the processing chain, giving greater visibility to the organization about how employees work and where. This includes real-time visibility of employee dwell times. By having this information, an organization can then make necessary adjustments to maximize efficiencies and optimize productivity.

2. Streamlined Workflow

An RFID system can integrate with existing systems and third-party software, such as payroll systems. By geofencing the perimeter and installing a portal detection system, time and attendance becomes automated and managed by the database within the system. By accessing the open application programming interface (API), the data can be fed into a payroll system and used to accurately determine an employee’s hours worked – without the need for timesheets and punch clocks.

3. Accurate Reporting

Traditional methods used for monitoring personnel movements, such as manual sign-in/sign-out sheets and access badge systems, have limitations and can be cumbersome. During a shift change, for example, time is wasted while a group of employees await their turn to access a swipe-card system. With an active RFID system, employees simply pass through a monitored portal or pathway and the system captures data from many tags simultaneously without human intervention.

4. Improved Safety

An active RFID system used for time and attendance also serves as a powerful tool to help keep employees safe. Tracking the movement of employees provides many advantages including access control, real-time employee mustering, and lone worker monitoring. In the event of an emergency, the latest data can be used to determine the current location of all workers. Knowing in an instant whether employees are at the muster point or still in the building allows accountability for all personnel.

The GuardRFID Advantage

GuardRFID’s Personnel Accountability solution delivers the most advanced, real-time personnel monitoring system available. It’s an enterprise-level solution that uses a centralized server to support employees at different locations and provides a real-time view of tagged personnel throughout the facilities and sites, ensuring precise worker visibility and/or zonal security. It includes a detailed reporting capability so you can audit employee access by building, area or specific area, while the same system can also be used to keep people safe when it comes to employee mustering.

With the Personnel Accountability system, employees and contractors are assigned an active RFID tag – this can be worn as a wristband, on a keychain or attached to a lanyard. The solution uses the GuardRFID suite of infrastructure and AllGuard enterprise software to identify tags, manage tag rules, activate alarms and control doors. The solution logs each person that passes through an area and can use this information to generate detailed reports.

Thanks to the open API of GuardRFID’s software, organizations can use the data provided by the system’s time and attendance reporting to integrate with other systems, such as their third-party payroll system.

To learn more about monitoring worker movement and generating detailed audit reports with the most powerful personnel accountability system on the market, visit www.guardrfid.com.