Tool Tracking Technology

GigaTrak leverages Barcode and RFID with some of today's hottest technologies to help you consolidate, manage, use, share, and protect your tools and materials.

We manage the complex back-end infrastructure of these technologies so you can focus on what matters most: increasing revenue, reducing tool and material costs, and improving competitive advantage. This technology paired with our hardware scanners and printers comes in a complete bundle. Learn more about our innovative technologies below.

Barcodes

Barcodes have become the foundation of any inventory process! Bar codes can be printed on adhesive labels and paper tags, or stamped on parts you manufacture, storage containers, metal tags or labels and much more! Easy to print and inexpensive, they have quickly become the industry standard for product identification. Barcodes are the first choice for simple recognition applications and are useful in any type of business.

Yet not all barcodes are the same. There are two main forms, linear and 2-D, each with many different symbologies. Linear barcodes (seen below) are simple series of black lines and white spaces that provide a limited amount of data related to the product.

On the other hand, 2-D barcodes (below) are stacked or matrix in format. This "stacked" configuration allows more information to be stored in a smaller amount of space. Symbologies, then, are variations on either a linear or 2-D design. They emphasize a different characteristic of the barcode depending on application.

Bar-coded products are much easier to track and at speeds not possible through manual entry. Not only that, but barcodes link the product to its price and will debit the item out of inventory. Barcodes can be encrypted with part number or serial numbers, supplier number, quantities, transaction codes and more. The user typically needs four pieces of equipment to begin bar coding: the barcode printer, labels, scanning equipment and an external database (a computer mainframe that stores the product, all its relevant data and links it to a barcode).

Linear Barcode

Linear Barcode

2D Barcode

2D Barcode
Key Benefits

  • Simple
  • Practical
  • Inexpensive
  • Accurate
  • Uniform
Industrial Barcodes

For more demanding applications industrial labels are also available. They work especially well in the following conditions:

  • Harsh environments
  • Temperature extremes
  • Abrasion issue
  • Chemicals

These labels must be pre-printed and must be special ordered.

RFID

Whether for fixed Asset Tracking, Inventory Management, Tool Tracking or Supply Room Management, with a wide range of capabilities, RF (radio frequency) tags are one more option for fixed asset tracking and inventory control applications.  This type of asset tracking technology is more readily available than ever, with the market for RF identification (RFID) rapidly growing for applications such as theft control tags, production tracking tags, and inventory control, and much more.

Given the right conditions, appropriate materials and radio frequency, unlike barcodes, RF tags can be read through almost 2 inches of packaging and distances of 15+ feet.   Many tags are designed to be unaffected by moisture and moderate heat, making them highly effective in manufacturing and distribution environments. RF tags enable automatic identification of mobile or fixed assets with no physical contact. Depending on the type of RFID tag employed, the read range extends from a few inches to hundreds of feet. Even more, RFID tags can be powered internally, offering further flexibility. This type of identifier can be the ideal solution for maintaining large inventories, or in highly controlled production environments.

RFID tags can be tracked using a "portal" system. (The picture is of a portal designed by GigaTrak for a customer). As items with a tag pass through the portal, the tag's unique ID number is read. Special RFID enabled handheld computers can also be used to read each tag.

Active RF Tags

Active RF tags are powered by an internal battery and are typically read/write devices. Active RF tags are more expensive and larger than passive RF tags. However, they are also more powerful and have a greater read range.

Passive RF Tags

Passive RF tags are powered by the field generated by the reader. Passive tags are typically much lighter than active tags, less expensive, offer a virtually unlimited operational lifetime. However they have shorter read ranges and require a higher-powered reader than active tags.

Key Benefits

  • Non-contact reading
  • Wide range capabilities
  • Reusable
  • Durable

Call GigaTrak about any RFID project you are looking at doing! We have done several projects throughout the last few years. A growing technology waiting for you!