RFID: Applications and Solutions: Manufacturing Lines
RFID in manufacturing of automobiles

Manufacturers can track and record in-process assembly information into the RFID tag as an item progresses along the line. For example, as features are added to a personal computer assembly, they could be recorded on the tag. In this case, the tag would keep a current "inventory" of the PC's contents. The tag information could later be read to produce a shipping list and invoice. The tag could also remain with the item for later use by field personnel during installation and maintenance.

ActiveWave RFID solutions are ideal for manufacturers who build several products on a single production line, or manufacture complex or customized products. Assembly line personnel could use an RFID reader to verify which processes have been completed, to determine which inspections or tests are required and to automatically update the central production database. And production planners and inventory control personnel could use the ActiveWave RFID tags to automatically update the customer database and finished goods inventory, using an RFID reader and PC, rather than manually creating data entry sheets, which could introduce errors into the system.

Benefits of using ActiveWave RFID Systems:

  • Maintains current item information on the tag - ideal for managing production of complex or customized products and assemblies, eliminates the need for separate paperwork on assembly status and content
  • Can automatically notify the central product database when each process has been completed
  • Field personnel could use RFID tag to determine product features, date of manufacture, revision levels, etc.
  • Real-time tracking of inventory, part kits and sub-assemblies

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