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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.
When a customer's order is received from JD Edwards, the RFID application software sends a list of orders to the forklift operators, including the locations of the products required to fulfill that order. The system determines not only the type of product that should be shipped, but also the age, thereby ensuring that the item manufactured first is shipped first. The driver then retrieves the appropriate items, the forklift reader again captures the tag IDs of the boxes in which those goods are stored, and the software indicates whether the correct products have been selected. The software then updates the status on the JD Edwards software to indicate that the item has been shipped, prompting the issuing of advance shipping notices and invoices, while also updating each item's inventory count.
The company is currently employing approximately 120,000 tags annually, and reports that it has been able to increase shipment efficiency and accuracy.
"We know the right product—and the right age of product—has been shipped," Zavala states, since the system instructs drivers regarding which goods should be shipped, and also stores a record of that event. "We don't need to have supervisors making sure the right products are being loaded," which he says is time-consuming.
In the future, the company plans to extend its RFID deployment to include the management of packing material used for finished products, as well as for controlling personnel access and monitoring internal assets.
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