Used to identify and track items, automatic identification and data collection (also called AIDC, Auto ID, automatic data capture and automatic data collection) is a family of technologies that identify, verify, record, communicate and store information on discrete, packaged or containerized items. Because the process is automated (rather than reliant on pen, paper and people), information is gathered quickly and accurately. The most common technologies used to identify and capture data are barcodes, handheld and fixed-position scanners and imagers, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and readers, and voice recognition, weighing and cubing devices. Typical applications include receiving and putaway, inventory picking, order fulfillment, determination of weight and volume, and tracking and tracing throughout the supply chain.
There are several types of AIDC technology and equipment. These include:
AIDC is used in a variety of areas to support processing and picking throughout a facility:
AIDC provides a variety of benefits:
AIDC is used in a variety of industries, including:
Read more about how AIDC is used in different industries and applications. Case studies featuring AIDC used in conjunction with order fulfillment can be found here. Additional examples of AIDC technologies and their relationship to facility management software can be found here.