RFID in Manufacturing
“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” H. James Harrington
This is the underlying principle behind the vision of Digital Manufacturing. AssetPulse’s RFID for manufacturing solutions enable organizations to achieve this vision.
IOT including RFID and BLE sensors, coupled with the AssetGather platform can aid in optimizing manufacturing processes to reduce time and cost, while improving decision making and increasing efficiency.
The manufacturing industry has succeeded in applying a dizzying array of technologies to gain improvement in throughput and operational efficiencies. As the industry tries to maximize its margins, it has to address the still-significant gaps in supply chain and operational visibility along with sobering inaccuracies that still plague the production lines. These gaps and inaccuracies have varying impact, depending on the vertical. E.g. Lack of traceability in the Biomedical Device industry can have debilitating consequences as opposed to in a plastic molding line, which can handle relatively higher tolerances. RFID can bridge the gap between manufacturing execution systems (MES), enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and the floor. AssetPulse’ RFID solutions have the ability to provide data at a much greater level of accuracy, timeliness and detail.
An aerospace manufacturer has successfully implemented the AssetPulse RFID solution to track over 10,000 tools that are used throughout their factory floor and in their warehouse. One of the many benefits realized by the customer is vast improvement in efficiency. Earlier it would take anywhere between 15 minutes to 2 days to locate tools. Now, it takes less than 2 minutes!