RFID or Radio Frequency Identification, a “Wireless” reading system
The RFID technology allows the automatic identification of objects basing on the ability to store and remotely access these data using electronic devices (called tags or transponders), able to respond by communicating the information contained inside them when “interrogated”.
Through an electronic system it will be possible to handle data in digital format with greater flexibility than analogical systems.
The RFID system is based on the distance reading of information contained in a RFID tag using specific readers.
The transfer of information takes place through electromagnetic waves sent by the “reader” that by using the energy contained inside it, will activate the tag that returns the information. The properties of “smart” labels offer some benefits that can be accumulated at each step of the supply chain, and the thorough study allows the accurate valuation of the chain kept under observation.
Other features connected to this technology are:
Ability to exchange data in both directions
resistance to external environments and to hostile ones
High storage capacity
Reading can be done at a distance within a range that can vary from a few centimeters to several meters
Ability to attach security system (passwords and / or encryption) on tags, to protect them from mischievous use.
Low management and maintenance costs
Traceability of the production
Production chain tracking and traceability are complementary concepts that can provide guarantees on the construction of a textile product. Tracking is the information process that follows the product from upstream to downstream production, gathering a complex set of information that goes from the place of origin, to production and processing of the product until its sale. Traceability is the inverse process that allows us to catch, from the finished product, all information distributed along the production chain.
Domina has developed a software package able to take advantage of RFID technology. By applying a simple RFID tag on the finished garment (or any product) it is able to monitor the progress state of the latter, identifying the company code, product code and serial number (information that makes the cloth unique).
In addition, by grouping many articles in the same container (box or package), we can scan them individually during the passage under a special monitoring station. Alternatively, we can detect the information contained in the tag by using a PDA for RFID detection (easy to be used and transportable by the user). RFID technology is considered for its application potential a general purpose application because once installed at a point in the production chain, the benefits will spread quickly upstream and downstream.
Domina ha realizzato un pacchetto software in grado di sfruttare la tecnologia RFID. Applicando un semplice tag RFID sul capo finito (o qualsiasi prodotto) si è in grado di monitorare l’avanzamento di quest’ultimo identificando il codice azienda, il codice prodotto e la matricola (informazioni che rendono il capo univoco).
In aggiunta, raggruppando più articoli nello stesso contenitore (scatola o imballo), siamo in grado di acquisirli singolarmente al passaggio sotto apposita stazione di rilevamento. In alternativa è possibile rilevare l’informazione contenuta nel tag sfruttando un palmare per rilevazione RFID (di facile utilizzo e trasportabile dall’utilizzatore). La tecnologia RFID è considerata per la sua potenzialità di applicazione un’applicazione general purpose poiché una volta installata in un punto della filiera, i benefici si propagano velocemente a monte e a valle della stessa.