The green economy doesn’t just entail solar panels, wind turbines and using electric vehicles.
In fact, when it comes to reducing negative environmental impacts, the best first step is to put energy efficiency measures into place. In other words, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to use it efficiently.
RFID Asset Tags are the powerful tools, with a much wider range of applications than bar codes. RFID technology is proving an effective tool in reducing the negative impacts that business and industry make on the environment.
Supply Chain Management
From the point of manufacture all the way to the point of sale, supply chain partners are using RFID to boost efficiencies. Manufacturing is an energy-intensive process, whether the product being produced is oil or a steel module, so anything that can reduce errors and waste in the production process will reduce energy consumption.
“Walmart was the first to tie its sustainability program with its RFID program. Using RFID to locate errors, get to root causes and achieve accurate forecasts leads to efficiency, which leads to sustainability.”
By attaching RFID tags to packaging used to store and transport parts or sub-assemblies,manufacturers can trace the parts as they move through their production lines and into the production process. RFID tags attached to machines/instruments used in the production process can help a company ensure that these tools are where they need to be, when they need to be, so that it can stay on top of production goals.
Once products travel through the supply chain, the technology again plays a significant role.
Taking a wider look, the environmental impact of the supply chain is a worldwide problem—as well as a worldwide opportunity for improved efficiencies, which will not only reduce emissions but also lower costs and improve customer satisfaction.
A Port of Opportunities
While much has been established about the ways in which RFID can reduce costs and improve product and asset tracking in the logistics industry, less focus has been directed on the ways in which RFID can reduce the fuel consumption.
Many shipping companies have deployed RFID tags attached to cargo containers in order to track the arrival and movement of the containers in large ports.
With extension of the RFID reader infrastructure to cover the storage yards in the ports and using the tags to identify trucks entering and leaving the yard, logistics companies are able to quickly identify the trucks and their loads inside these yards. This reduces the amount of time the yard managers spend determining which trucks are entering and where to direct them to the yard.
As a result, they significantly reduce the amount of time trucks spend idling, waiting for their directions and unnecessarily burning fuel.
“At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation, RFID tags are used to identify
trucks that move building materials and soil contaminated with radioactive elements and
other hazardous materials from a deconstruction site to secure landfills.Passive EPC Gen 2 tags attached to the trucks are read at key points established along the route and at the landfill,where a scale is used to weigh the load.”
Workers are able to use the data collected to determine where all trucks are at all times, as well as what types of materials they are carrying. As soon as a truck arrives at the landfill site, therefore, workers on the ground quickly route the truck to its destination. Because the drivers do not sit, with their engines idling, awaiting directions.
Automated vehicle identification systems can lead to fuel savings in other applications, as well,such as in busy office or apartment buildings. Contact-based cards are commonly used, which provide employees or residents relatively quick access to secured gates into or out of parking structures.
But switching to RFID-based access cards allows faster entrance or exit transactions,since drivers don’t need to bother opening their windows and inserting cards into machines.
-*The program has saved an estimated 891 gallons of diesel fuel.
The improved flow of traffic might not seem like it would be significant, in terms of gas savings,but cumulative savings can be very big—on the order of thousands of pounds of CO2 emissions avoided each year, per facility.
Storm’s enterprise RFID platform provides the operational visibility and measurability you need to drive process improvement, cost savings and new efficiency opportunities. Our RFID-enabled software has assisted organizations in becoming more efficient by effectively planning, tracking and managing the movement of assets, inventory and people.
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