Improving Workflow With RFID

By Doug

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Manufacturers around the globe are using RFID to improve production flow, optimize their supply chain, manage assets and increase inventory accuracy. By tagging assets and returnable transport items (RTIs), companies have been able to obtain the visibility they need into their processes, in order to track production flow in real time, and thereby identify bottlenecks so they can improve cycle times. RFID also provides automated and accurate inventory counts, as it tracks parts moving through the process. This reduces the amount of time workers spend searching for specific parts (or conducting manual inventory audits), while also ensuring accurate scheduling of assembly operations, by having a live count of the work-in-process (WIP) inventory. See how RFID and visual tagging systems have been deployed at several manufacturing facilities to not only gain efficiencies, but also reduce costs by eliminating paper-based instructions and tags in their processes.