Process Analysis Technique Paper

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Process Analysis Technique

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Radio Frequency Identification, also known as RFID, is a new technology that large retail companies are implementing to track an object and or a person wirelessly using radio waves. RFID is grouped under the broad category of automatic identification technologies. RFID is in use all around us. If you have ever chipped your pet with an ID tag, used EZPass through a toll booth, or paid for gas using SpeedPass, you've used RFID. RFID technology does not require contact or line of sight for communication, it can simply be read through the human body, clothing and non-metallic materials.

The Process of RFID

A basic RFID system consists of three components:

An antenna or coil

A transceiver (with decoder)

A transponder (RF tag) electronically programmed with unique information, see picture below (AIM, 2010)

More and more retailers are using RFID because they can track their product and shipments while eliminating processes in the supply chain.

Below is an example of what the RFID process looks like from a customer and supplier perspective.

Reset of Customer Expectations

Tomorrow's supply chain will have to deliver higher levels of performance in satisfying consumer demands. Emphasis will shift from manufacturers and retailers pushing products into the value chain, to consumers pulling new or customized items into the supply chain. RFID has the potential to offer direct insight into consumers' buying habits, revolutionizing the way the supply chain meets customer expectations.

RFID can also help retailers in a way we never thought possible. Wal-Mart is currently a retailer that has an RFID system in place that puts together items in their shopping cart. Those items are then cross-referenced to a data base that recognizes items used to...