Cabinet Organizer System

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  1. Dritech

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    Hi,

    I am planning to make a system which shows where different items are stored. Let's assume that I have four cabinets with different items stored in them. I want the system to automatically (without user intervention) detect that the item is in the respective cabinet.
    The first option that I considered was to use an RFID, where I connect tags to each item so that I can track where each item is stored. After some research I realized that RFID tags have quite a small reading distance. I want the reading distance to be about 1m to 1.5m (ideally not more and not less). There are high frequency tags but they with come at a cost. What other options can I use to implement this application? A barcode system is a good option, but it would require the used to scan the item each time it is used. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.
     
  2. RichardO

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    If you find a good answer to this NASA will be at your door. :D They are trying to do the same thing so items don't get lost on the International Space Station.
     
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  3. hp1729

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    How many different items? In what quantities? Each individual item has a unique asset number assigned? Budget?
    Penny and nickel value parts? The system costs more than the parts.
    It might be easier to use humans. Inventory technician or maybe an inventory service that comes in once a week, takes inventory and restocks as needed.
     
  4. BR-549

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    They got millions of them. And they are only about 30 bucks a piece now.

    A GPS locator.
     
  5. hp1729

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    :) There is a distance requirement, 1 to 1.5 Meters. he /she doesn't want the part to be counted after the package is thrown in the trash. :)
     
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  6. BR-549

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    Your right, pardon me.
     
  7. hp1729

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    More cost effective but not quite meeting your specs is a bar code system where everything gets scanned going in and out of the cabinet.
     
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