Radio Frequency Identification Device Technologies - RFID

Efficiently identify and manage all assets

Bastian Solutions has worked with a number of clients on a variety of RFID solutions. One such solution took advantage of RFID tags to identify materials in a cold storage situation where barcodes could be covered by frost and rendered unreadable. The tags were combined with an AS/RS system to provide a completely automated, fast and accurate picking and storage solution. Other solutions were designed to meet external, customer-driven RFID mandates while still gaining process improvements internally. We also have experience interfacing with existing RFID systems across multiple hardware and software vendors.

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How RFID works

Unlike barcodes, RFID tags rely on radio waves rather than light to communicate their information. That means line-of-sight is not required and many RFID tags can be read at the same time. RFID tags can also be read through many different materials, including cardboard and most plastics. Typically in warehousing applications the RFID Tag is applied to a Carton, Tote, Box, or Pallet. The RFID Tag can be linked to both a single item or an item set within the Carton, Tote, Box, or Pallet.

Most all RFID tags contain at least two parts. The first is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating a radio-frequency (RF) signal, and could possibly perform other specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal. More advanced tags can have sensors and batteries attached to enhance their functionality and read range.

To read the tags, RFID readers use one or multiple antennas to emit radio signals that prompt all of the RFID tags within range to respond with their unique IDs in rapid sequence. The reader then passes this information on to be looked up in a local database to determine the product's identity. In many cases the unique ID stored on the tag is an Electronic Product Code (EPC). EPC numbers are passed to the EPC network which, in turn, will identify the product manufacturer, product type (SKU), and can provide updated tracking information.


RFID configurations

Closed Loop Configuration

The RFID system is set up where the RFID programming, usage and storage (or finished stage) is all done with in the same area or confinements of the company.

Open Loop Configuration

The RFID system is set up to allow communication between two or more identities. The supplier of the goods can program the RFID label, apply it to the product and ship the material to the destination (Slap and Ship). The customer can receive the goods and have the capability to read what is being received.


RFID industries

  • Warehouse & Distribution
  • Publishing, Public Library, & Bookstore
  • Small Item - Jewelry
  • Shipping- Case, Pallet, Shipping Container, Truck & Trailer
  • Apparel
  • Airline
  • Pharmaceutical and Bio-Medical
  • Agricultural- Equipment
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Railroad



  • Asset management & Goods Tracking in Retail operations
  • Inventory tracking and management
  • Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS)
  • Reduce Out-of-Stocks
  • Self checkout process for retail consumers
  • Improve efficiency & reduce misplaced items in airport baggage handling systems
  • Manufacturing production process tracking
  • Improve the efficiency of inventory tracking and management in enterprise level supply chains

Pricing for RFID technology

RFID Reader Pricing

A Budget to conduct an RFID program typically cost between $12,000 to $20,000. Consult Bastian for a quote to pilot your specific RFID application.

RFID Tag Label Pricing

Tags come in a wide range and variety of sizes and types. Pricing is based on quantity purchased along with amount of information to be stored. Consult Bastian for your tag application.

Types of tags that are available:

  • Passive – does not require a battery and derives its power from the electromagnetic field created by the reader.
  • Semi-passive – uses a battery to run the chip’s circuitry but communicates by drawing power from the reader. These are larger in size and cost little more.
  • Active – has its own battery power to contact the reader. These tags have a broader range for communication between readers.

Features & benefits of RFID technology

  • Multiple Read
  • Read Through Material
  • Broader Range(Distance)
  • Reduced Human Intervention
  • Higher Throughput
  • Inventory Accuracy
  • Real Time Information
  • Increased Security and Traceability
  • More Flexible than Barcodes

RFID research

Bastian Solution's RFID support helps build the RFID Research Center

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc. along with 17 other major suppliers (including Bastian Solutions) is working with the University of Arkansas to help create a multidisciplinary "supply chain in a box" RFID Research Center. Through Bastian's relationship with strategic sponsor Hytrol, we have access to the RFID Research Centers latest technology research. The center is be devoted to examining the uses for RFID technology in retail settings, wireless and sensing contexts.

About the RFID Research Center

Being located in the epicenter of RFID activity, the research center is a clearinghouse for RFID information. It also serves as a conduit for participating companies to share information. The Research Center, located at the Sam Walton College of Business at the University examines not only technical issues, but also questions of public policy. This non-profit center provides testing and research services to a nationally arrayed group of sponsoring members and uses the testing environment to further research RFID applications as well as to train students at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

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