Many underestimate the positive effect an automated asset management system can have on FOD prevention. Many FOD damage cases start with tools being misplaced or lost. With a quality asset management system, tools can be tracked with RFID; therefore, minimizing the chance of lost and misplaced tools. This also means that FOD damage is being significantly minimized.
As previously discussed, RFID is a tool traceability system that uses radio frequency identification to assign a unique tag to a tool. This unique tag helps identify the tool and its designated location. RFID consists of embedding electronic chips to a specific tool. These electronic chips can be scanned, presenting information about the tool. RFID automatically tracks tools as soon as they leave the toolbox and with whom it leaves with. RFID has the ability to alert employees when a tool is not checked in and helps identify who had as tool last.
RFID asset tracking prevents FOD by increasing asset visibility and alleviating risk and loss.
RFID allows you to immediately locate everything you’ve ever misplaced or lost. Think of it as being able to manage what you can’t see. RFID tags can be read from anywhere; therefore, tools can be tracked and the whereabouts of the tool can be discovered quickly. Increased visibility aids in resolving FOD issues and helps minimize the risk of FOD damage occurring.
With increased asset visibility, RFID asset tracking allows facilities to can gain quick and easy information regarding tool inventory and location. With an RFID asset management system, facilities can keep track of when items are stored, distributed or returned. With this availability of information, there is little room for error. By being able to track the movement of each tool/asset within your facility, FOD can be pretty much prevented or at least significantly minimized.