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Volkswagen Slovakia Gains Efficiency in Its Finishing Process
At its plant in Bratislava, the carmaker has deployed Identec Solutions' active RFID tags, readers and position markers so it can identify when vehicles enter and exit various servicing stations, as well as prevent bottlenecks.
Jun 13, 2012—Automobile manufacturer Volkswagen Slovakia is tracking its assembled vehicles as they undergo final servicing and inspection processes at its plant in Bratislava, using a real-time location system (RTLS) provided by Identec Solutions. The RTLS solution makes it possible for the company to improve efficiency during the cars' final production stages, by knowing where individual vehicles are located, as well as preventing bottlenecks at specific service sites. The system enables the company to locate parked vehicles, in addition to identifying when a car enters and exits each of many processes.
The Bratislava facility produces more than 1,400 cars daily, with 400,000 automobiles planned for this year, including several Volkswagen models, as well as Audis, the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii. The plant, which has experienced an increase in production demand during recent years, determined that improving its finishing area's efficiency would help manage that growth.
"Because of the topology of the hall," says Jens Wieland, Volkswagen Slovakia's chief process officer (CPO), the company determined that it would be impossible to implement a solution based on passive RFID tags and readers consisting of gates through which the cars had to pass. The Volkswagen plant required a system that would track every vehicle's entrances and exits at any of the processing zones and parking lots. For that reason, the company deployed a solution employing active RFID technology.
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