When it comes to RFID in the warehouse or DC, the technology's role isn't limited to tracking pallets, cases, or individual items. In some operations, RFID has another important function: guiding semi-automated vehicles around the facility.
When linked to a warehouse management system (WMS), the system can automatically pick up or put away products while following the most efficient path of travel. Further, these networks can boost warehouse safety by automatically slowing lift trucks down before they leave an aisle or by making the vehicle stop, flash its lights, or honk its horn at dangerous intersections in a racking system like cross-aisles and pedestrian aisles, Ardito says.
The system is currently installed at several customer sites in North America and is helping to guide more than a thousand lift trucks at DCs around the world, according to MCFA.
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