With ongoing pressures to drive costs out of manufacturing and distribution processes, facilities increasingly rely on a blend of data capture and mobile computing technologies to gain better control of assets and inventory. The application of a single solution— such as RF bar code scanning, imagers, voice-directed picking or radio frequency identification (RFID)—developed into a blending of technologies embedded into a single device for maximum labor flexibility and operational efficiency.
Users need data capture and mobile computing solutions that generate enhanced supply chain visibility and overall business efficiency improvements, says Mike Liard RFID practice director at ABI Research. “To do that, suppliers have become more ‘technology agnostic,’ offering a broader range of automatic identification data collection (AIDC) solutions for use in combination as complementary technologies.”
“The technologies are used not just to find assets, but also to track the mission-critical things that get tied to your process,” Liard adds. “People are looking beyond labor cost reduction to overall cost reduction—a more holistic approach.”
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Sara Pearson Specter
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Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC (http://www.saraspecter.com). Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery (http://www.BellsUpWinery.com).
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