RFID blood product inventory management.
With today’s technology, visibility to work in process and finished goods inventory within a company is typically accomplished using a central information system where the additions, movements and consumption of inventory are tracked. The points where errors are typically introduced in these systems are related to having the procedures and trained workforce in place to reliably update the system of record at these key touchpoints.
- In many cases the movement and consumption touchpoints are not located where data can be easily entered – a factory floor production line for example.
- The workforce responsible for physically moving the inventory is typically not trained or expected to perform the data entry function.
- Data entry can be even more onerous and error prone if item-level or lot-level tracking is also required.
As a result, timely and accurate updates to the inventory information system are not always made. The information it contains therefore degrades over time and may not accurately represent the physical inventory on hand. Manual labor-intensive cycle counts must therefore be performed periodically to update the central information system of record with the actual inventory on hand.
There may also be missed opportunities to “error proof” key material movement touchpoints where incorrect inventory movement, recalled items/lots, inventory processed out of sequence, or expired inventory can be detected. Detecting and correcting these types of errors immediately at the point they occur can significantly reduce the exception handling and rework processing otherwise required to correct them after the fact.