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Manufacturing companies across many industries are employing RFID and RTLS to achieve major benefits, both in

their supply chains and in their factory operations.

RFID in Manufacturing

 

Manufacturers around the globe are using RFID to improve production flow, optimize their supply chain, manage assets and increase inventory accuracy. By tagging assets and returnable transport items (RTIs) like pallets, trolleys, containers, etc., companies have been able to obtain the visibility they need into their processes, in order to track production flow in real time, and thereby identify bottlenecks so they can improve cycle times.

RFID also provides automated and accurate inventory counts, as it tracks parts moving through the process. This reduces the amount of time workers spend searching for specific parts (or conducting manual inventory audits), while also ensuring accurate scheduling of assembly operations, by having a live count of the work-in-process (WIP) inventory.

RFID and visual tagging systems have been deployed at several manufacturing facilities to not only gain efficiencies, but also reduce costs by eliminating paper-based instructions and tags in their processes.

Manufacturers are using RFID technology for a wide array of applications, including tracking parts bins, returnable transport containers, tools control, work-in-process, finished goods inventory and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each application, while building out an infrastructure for tracking and better managing other assets, requires a clearly thought-out strategy. We help outlinee the steps manufacturers need to take to take to choose the right technology for today—and for tomorrow.

Real Time Location in Manufacturing

With Netoria's RTLS (Real Time Locating System), you can locate and track assets in real-time, making it possible to proactively manage the movement of assets, inventory, and people to increase operating efficiency throughout your supply chain. While making operations more efficient, the Intelligent Locating System can greatly improve security management.

Netoria's Locating  Technology enables you to intensify your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) capabilities through seamless integration with your existing asset management systems. An ERP system connected to an Intelligent Locating System enables you to determine stock levels, estimate time of delivery and plan production schedules. You are able to get real-time insights into any risks that could affect on-time delivery, helps you detect underutilized space in your production facility, and lets you proactively manage Health and Safety concerns.

Benefits of Intelligent Locating System for Enterprise Resource Management

  • Keep track of your assets and know when they enter or leave a predefined perimeter

  • Find lost assets and equipment

  • Maintain a real-time inventory of items in stock

  • Lean your manufacturing processes

  • Optimize resource deployment to reduce costs

  • Ensure safety and security of your personnel

  • Track personnel and receive notifications of changes in health status in real-time

  • Offer guidance to your visitors, maintenance crews, and emergency services personnel

 

RFID and RTLS are facts and widely used today.  We are also in early stages of a major trend, the US started internal initiatives around Manufacturing 4.0 and The Industrial Internet, that will dramatically improve productivity and efficiencies in the production process and throughout the supply chain. The vision is that processes will govern themselves, with intelligent machines and devices that can take corrective action to avoid unscheduled breakdowns of machinery. Individual parts will be automatically replenished based on real time data. Every handheld digital device in the factory will report the status of every fixed device, giving personnel mobile access to real-time, actionable information. Wearable sensors will track the location of each employee in the factory, in case of emergency. The list goes on and on Future scenarios will include:

  • New steering instruments will interlink millions of things to ensure that everything runs as planned across the entire value chain. Changes in one part of the chain, automatically trigger adjustments on the factory floor.

  • Customization will be automatic. Raw materials will be programmed with information that it will be part of product X, to be delivered to customer Y. Once the material is in the factory, the material itself records any deviations from the standard process, determines when it’s “done,” and knows how to get to its customer.

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