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How Downtime Impacts Manufacturing

Accurate and real-time management of your critical manufacturing components is vital to your business. Without it, you could experience one of the worst things to happen to your operations - unplanned downtime. When production unexpectedly stops, your lost revenue is 15x more than a scheduled downtime. And considering that asset maintenance can run as high as $3 million per incident, your unplanned downtime could decimate your profit margin depending on your industry. For example, the average automotive manufacturer loses $22K every...

RFID Digital DNA

How RFID Helps You Create a Digital DNA for Unique Object Identity

Identity is a hot topic these days. Did you know that objects need an identity? Establishing individual object identities is an essential tool to streamline your daily operations. It’s more than just assigning an Electronic Product Code (EPC). It’s creating Digital DNA that enables you to identify, track, count and manage items in your inventory in real-time. Creating Object Identity through Digital DNA While barcodes and QR codes are great for identifying entire shipments of products, individual object identity is better...

Is your Inventory Management Keeping You In The Dark?

As your retail business grows, inventory management has become more complex. Knowing what you have, and more importantly, what you don’t have, is vital to your success. But what you used to do with just a clipboard, pen, and flashlight, now requires a more efficient, modern solution. To manage your retail inventory more accurately and easier, you need scalable tracking solutions like MSM Solutions’ PortalTrack barcode and RFID technology. This will give you the visibility you need to better track...

3 Ideal Applications for Thermal Transfer Label Printers

In a recent blog, we offered an overview of thermal printing technology. Our primary focus was on the fundamental differences between thermal transfer printing and direct thermal printing. Both technologies use a heated printhead to transfer text, barcodes, and images to the print media, but they do it in different ways. Here’s a quick tech review: With direct thermal, the printhead transfers the image to heat-sensitive media, often a paper label or receipt paper. A thermal transfer printer, however, adds...

Is Thermal Transfer Printing Technology Right for Your Business?

Thermal printers are used in a wide variety of applications today, showing up everywhere from shipping labels in e-commerce fulfillment operations to patient identification wristbands in hospital maternity wards. Compared to laser and inkjet printing technologies, thermal printers offer fast output, easy operation, and longer printer life, making it natural to consider whether thermal printers are right for your business. The Basics: Thermal Printing Technology Thermal printing comes in two types: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Both use a heated printhead...

RFID inventory Management

When Warehouses Have Too Much Inventory! How RFID inventory Management helps

After more than a year of supply chain issues resulting in depleted inventory and delayed deliveries, retailers and warehouses find themselves with a new issue to contend with – too much inventory. Some of the biggest retailers in the world, like Walmart and Target, have reported their warehouses are overflowing with everything from clothes to bulky toys. Meanwhile, warehouses in China and the U.S. are losing floor space to unsold televisions, refrigerators and sofas. As warehouses continue to fill up, a...

RFID Tracking for WIP Manufacturing

5 Key Areas for How to Use RFID Tracking for WIP Manufacturing

The true purpose of any manufacturer is to create quality products cost-efficiently so the return on investment is as high as possible. By using RFID software to track your work-in-progress (WIP) manufacturing, you can ensure your WIP processes are streamlined and transparent. What is a WIP in Manufacturing? In the manufacturing industry, a work in progress (WIP) is a product that has not been completed for public distribution or sale. It’s a partially finished product that still requires labor and time...

6 Keys to Choosing the Best Mobile Technologies for Your Business

In virtually every industry, mobile technologies have become an essential way to digitize, automate and streamline workflows for increased productivity, efficiency, and accuracy. With widespread labor shortages and the cost of doing business on the rise, investing in mobile automation and efficiency is more important than ever. However, to figure out the right solution for the job, secure the budget and obtain buy-in with management, it’s important to follow some crucial best practices. Here are six key steps in the...

RFID Technology | MSM Solutions

Why RFID is Trending and Why Businesses Should Take Notice

Businesses of all kinds are facing enormous challenges when it comes to supply chain management, cost control, labor shortages and overall efficiency. But companies can get ahead in this challenging environment by using radio frequency identification (RFID) to better manage their inventory and assets and to automate their key processes. In this blog, we'll discuss the benefits of RFID technology, the reasons why this technology is re-emerging as a reliable solution for track and trace, and share some real-world...