RFID systems use radio-frequency identification technology to allow tracking shipments and collecting important data a much simpler process. The Department of Defense requires that suppliers use RFID technology to submit shipping information to the supply depots electronically. Suppliers have multiple options when selecting a method for entering the required information. Using RFID systems can streamline the process and offer maximum flexibility during the data submission process.
What Are RFID Systems?
RFID systems include a number of hardware and software components that defense depots use to track and manage shipments. In its most basic form, an RFID system includes a transponder, a reader and computer hardware and software used to collect information. The transponder shares the location of the object to which it is attached. The reader gathers information from the transponder and the computer processes and shares the information with interested parties. Businesses and the Department of Defense, use the technology to speed and simplify receipt of supplies shipped by contractors.
How Do They Work?
The system requires several components to provide the most flexible business value. In addition, some of the smaller components, such as the tags, come in several configurations. Each configuration works best for a specific application. For example, active RFID tags work well for complex and consolidated shipments. Passive tags work well for goods traveling through the supply chain to DOD depots. Either way, the tag transmits information collected by a reader.
Once the reader collects the information, the data is uploaded to a computer using RFID software. The software may act as a middleman that processes RFID technology information for use with business applications, such as ERP, accounting or inventory control.
How Can RFID Systems Help DoD Suppliers?
The DoD requires suppliers to submit RFID information through Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), the government’s electronic tracking and invoicing system. Suppliers can enter the data into the system manually or using a formatted file using DOD software systems. Mil-Pac Technology offers RFID software that streamlines the process and increases supplier productivity. Our MIL-Comply RFID Load Manager software formats supplier files precisely and allows the user to submit the data directly to WAWF. Mil-Pac RFID systems may integrate seamlessly into your existing technology.