RFID Time Tracking Ideas for Mfg

From http://www.strdtime.com We’re going to discuss RFID readers and RFID tags as it relates to Standard Time®. You may already know and seen the video on the Standard Time website that shows how to configure Standard Time to start and stop the timer with an RFID reader and RFID tags. If you haven’t seen that you probably should go out and look at it.

This video is more intended to show of some of the RFID tags that you can use and to inspire you to give this a try. Try different form factors of RFID tags in manufacturing, assembly line, employee time tracking, time and attendance, that sort of thing.

Basically what we’re talking about is a reader like this, an RFID reader, and an RFID tag; they can come in a lot of form factors as you saw here. In this case we have an employee badge and you simply get close to that and that starts the timer, do it again and it stops the timer. Standard Time will collect time for all the employees, for products that you may have these RFID tags on. You can use things like key fobs, you get that close to it and that starts the timer.

There are a lot of other kinds of RFID tags that you can use-here’s one that is water proof, you can put it around your wrist. You’ve got adhesive labels here so you can see these are peel off and that right there is an RFID tag that you can stick onto a box or a product.

When it goes down the line scan it on the scanner, that will start the timer, scan it again stop the timer. What you’re seeing here mostly is the antenna, all that silver part is the antenna. Then you’ve got the actual chip here. These don’t have batteries, they receive enough energy from the radio frequency power coming from the reader. They can excite the chip, start it up and that will transmit its ID to the reader. Then Standard Time uses that to start the timer. Scan it again, stop the timer.

This is an example of a roll you can get, a roll of a 1,000 of these things. Stick them on every product-beep, beep, beep as they go down the line and you can collect the information-this is adhesive. A lot of these other items are similar. In this case we’ve got the RFID on one side, you’ve got a barcode on the other side. You can scan this if you wanted to or RFID it.

You’ve got the key fobs here; a lot of other form factors a lot of tiny devices here that are also passive ID. These do not have batteries, they receive their energy through the reader when it interrogates. This is the inside of one of those fobs, you can see it is taken apart, it’s a coil wire.

This one might be an example of an active RFID tag where it has a battery inside. Whereas you saw before the distance on these is about 2 to 4 inches before they begin working those active ones be more like 1 foot to 20 feet.

Lots of different things you can go with here. You’ve got cards you can buy by the hundred; they will have the ID’s embedded right in them, everyone has a unique ID.

You can program those in Standard Time and start and stop a timer. What I’m trying to do here is inspire you to consider using a reader like this and Standard Time. Using any form factor that works for you in manufacturing, assembly, employee time and attendance. Whatever works for you; consider this as a possible way to track time with RFID tags.

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