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RFID Helps Morgan Thermal Ceramics Save Labor
The company has increased efficiency at its Mexico City plant, using EPC UHF passive tags and readers to track raw materials, as well as finished insulation products, prior to shipping.
After the plant receives raw materials, it issues an internal manufacturing order, based on the inventory stock of finished goods. To fill that order, various minerals are combined within a metal container measuring 2 meters (6.6 feet) in length and width and 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) in depth. A ShortDipole ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 passive tag, made by UPM RFID (now a division of Smartrac), is printed on a Printronix RFID tag printer-encoder, and is then placed on the mix inside the container. Information regarding that product, as well as the mix of materials that will be used to produce it, is then input and stored with the tag's RFID number in Morgan Thermal's Oracle JD Edwards ERP back-end management software.
On its way to the production area, the tag is interrogated by a fixed Alien Technology reader. That ID number is then stored in the back-end software, indicating that the mix of materials entered the production process.
Morgan Thermal Ceramics' employees place boxes on pallets, measuring 2.5 meters by 2.5 meters by 2.5 meters (8.2 feet by 8.2 feet by 8.2 feet) when loaded with 50 cartons. The loaded pallet is shrink-wrapped, and is then moved to the warehouse via forklift truck. Each of three forklift trucks has a Noax Technologies onboard computer terminal equipped with an RFID reader. The interrogator captures the ID numbers encoded to the boxes' tags and forwards those IDs to the software, which connects each number to a specific product and lists the goods on the Noax screen for the operator. The RFID application also determines the best warehouse location for the product, and instructs the operator where to place the pallet. Once finished with a delivery, the driver presses the touch screen to indicate that the process is complete, and the RFID application and JD Edwards software are updated to show where the product has been stored.
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