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RFID for Dynamics AX


Microsoft Dynamics AX now has Radio Frequency Identification technology embedded into its stock related modules (RFID), which combines silicon chip and radio frequency technology to track inventory, to its Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) Warehouse Management software.

 

RFID is already in use at KiMs, a large Danish snack food company, they use the new software to monitor pallets or cartons of finished goods as they move out of production and into a third-party warehouse. KiMs state that the new software provides much greater knowledge of the exact location of products at various points in its supply chain.
RFID has been lauded by manufacturers and retailers for its ability to provide better information about inventory and other data across the supply chain, which can increase product availability and help businesses reduce costs by trimming inventory levels.

 

Several major companies have already announced RFID initiatives. German retailer Metro Group has asked its top suppliers to begin attaching the special microchips to shipments. Wal-Mart and the US Defense Department have also begun big RFID projects with the expectation that the technology will help prevent goods from being lost or stolen. Companies like Gillette and Procter & Gamble are experimenting with using RFID systems in stores to prevent shoplifting and to monitor stock on the shelf.

 

The introduction of RFID functionality into Dynamics AX will now allow smaller companies to take advantage of the innovative wireless technology and steals the lead on many other mid market solutions that have yet to embrace this technology.

 

The way it works is that RFID "tags", which contain a special radio frequency-emitting microchip, are attached to each carton or box of goods. The microchip wirelessly broadcasts information about itself, such as its location and its origin. Each tag has a unique number, or electronic product code (EPC). The tags are monitored at storage, loading and shipment, and the data is fed back into Dynamics AX.

 

Unlike barcodes which are limited to line-of-sight, Radio Frequency Identification and its reliance on radio waves does not require a straight-line alignment between the tags and the readers. Barcoding is already a well established feature of Dynamics AX but now with RFID the opportunity exists to asset track items in a much more efficient manner.

 

Microsoft have also created several tools, using its own .Net Web services framework, that will allow retailers to interact with customers, improve operations management and incorporate RFID.