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Metal Fastener Company Improves Production With RFID
Nedschroef, a Dutch manufacturer of metal fasteners for the automobile industry, tracks information regarding 4,500 metal containers filled with as many as 100,000 nuts.
According to Reuter, the company has saved significantly since deploying the RFID system, since it can now more precisely calculate the number of nuts that it produces and sells. What's more, containers no longer end up misplaced or lost, and since workers need not spend their time searching for containers, Nedschroef also saves labor costs. He declines, however, to provide specific figures.
Nedschroef installed the solution at the beginning of 2008. Moving forward, Reuter says, the firm is considering installing readers in order to track each order's production status.
According to Menken, Nedschroef is looking to install up to 14 forklift readers that would interrogate the tag of each container as it is moved around the facility. Nedschroef would be able to know which production steps had been completed, depending on the forklift's location—for example, if the vehicle left a hall carrying a container, the system would deduce that the production step was completed. Operators would roughly estimate the forklifts' locations within the facility, Menken explains, via a signal-strength comparison of signals transmitted by the forklift readers at designated points within the plant.
The advantage of placing interrogators on the forklifts, Menken says, is that additional reader infrastructure would not be required along the production line. What's more, he adds, inbound containers being returned by third-party partners could be identified as they were offloaded from trucks.
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