As technology constantly moves forward in its innovative ways to manage inventory in the supply chain, barcodes are becoming a technology of yesterday. Furthermore, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has secured its spot in the supply chain management, inventory control, as well as the manufacturing industries. Similar to any emerging technology, the high start up costs prevented widely applicable use of the technology. The lower manufacturing cost of the materials used to manufacture the equipment housed in a RFID system are making RFID a realistic alternative to many supply chain dilemmas.

This project develops educational materials for use in an undergraduate Industrial Distribution class and highlights an introduction to RFID, a recorded lecture, as well as a laboratory experiments used to reinforce the basic concepts of RFID.


RFID, experiment, usage, passive tag, active tag

Date of this Version



Industrial Technology

Department Head

Dr. Kathryne A. Newton

Month of Graduation


Year of Graduation



Master of Science

Head of Graduate Program

Dr. Gary Bertoline

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

Dr. Edie Schmidt

Committee Member 1

Dr. Kathryne A. Newton

Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Johnson