Many Companies Prioritizing RFID As Its Benefits Become Clear

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been making waves recently for its ability to make business operations more efficient, and it’s quickly transitioning from something that businesses consider “nice to have” to an all-out priority.

Delta Air Lines has been making use of RFID technology over the past few years in order to help increase oxygen generator visibility in its aircraft. This has been so successful in reducing waste and streamlining maintenance that the firm is now making RFID one of its five main corporate priorities. In addition, the airline’s business analyst for aircraft maintenance, Rick Lewis, will be speaking about the technology’s applications at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 event that will be held in Orlando in May.

Figures Dramatic But Accurate

Just how much more efficient is RFID than traditional operations? In the case of checking expiration dates on the oxygen generators on one of Delta’s 757s, a job that takes eight man hours can be accomplished in less than two minutes, which can drop even further to just 45 seconds with refinement. While this might sound like it’s too good to be true, executives who actually take the time to look into the potential of RFID find that such a dramatic productivity boost is actually quite realistic.

Airbus has also gotten on board the RFID train, using the technology for everything from supply chain management to aircraft construction. Meanwhile, Macy’s has been using RFID to improve on-shelf availability and increase inventory accuracy. Clothing retailers are finding RFID particularly beneficial thanks to its many applications in that market.

As more and more companies discover how valuable investing in RFID can be, the technology is becoming more widely adopted, which can only mean it will improve even further.