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Manufacturing White Papers

  • Pointing the Way Contactlessly
    Published May 2011
    Siemens AG has integrated automation and RFID technology into the production line at its electronics manufacturing plant in Amberg, Germany, where its SIMATIC S7 300 programmable logic controller (PLC) modules are built. In this document, the company discusses how it is meeting its goal of expanding its production capacity. (3 pages)
  • RFID for High-Temperature and Demanding Applications
    Published March 2011
    RFID continues to expand past supply chains to more demanding applications in manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and rugged asset tracking. In this white paper, Xerafy addresses applications in which RFID tags face high temperatures, such as autoclave processes, harsh cleaning cycles and automotive manufacturing processes. This document introduces an RFID-in-metal tag family, the X II Series, that allows the implementation of a tag directly onto an asset early in the production process, thereby providing management with improved tracking information. (5 pages)
  • Motorola’s Manufacturing RFID Solutions
    Published September 2010
    Manufacturers are faced with globalization, increased competition and other economic pressures, and must continuously look to drive costs down, increase asset utilization and reduce material expenses, while at the same time addressing clients' demands for faster delivery, better customer service and customized products. Motorola explains why many manufacturers are looking to RFID to address these challenges. (4 pages)
  • Can RFID Tags Work Inside Metal?
    Published August 2010
    Xerafy examines how RFID can significantly reduce the time it takes a company to conduct inventories, as well as how to embed tags in products made of metal, such as automobiles, at the point of manufacture. (4 pages)
  • Facility Management With RFID
    Published August 2010
    In the dynamic world of construction, coordination is a top priority. Inclusive in a construction site manager’s daily tasks are the ordering, receiving, handling and distribution of raw materials. Currently, these tasks are handled using manual tracking with paper manifests, manual data entry in facility and material logs, and perhaps through "mental notes" taken by the construction foreman. Xerafy explains how RFID can better meet facility-management challenges. (8 pages)
  • Choosing RFID For Industrial Applications
    Published July 2010
    This white paper from Balluff, Inc., outlines options for using RFID in machine-tool, palletized-assembly and production-tracking applications, based on standard products currently available. Balluff explains the basic principles of operation, and how they influence the performance of each type of system. The three most widely available RFID systems—high-frequency (HF), low-frequency (LF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF)—are discussed. (10 pages)
  • How Bar Codes and RFID Deliver Value to Manufacturing and Distribution
    Published July 2010
    Zebra Technologies explains how advanced bar-code and RFID technologies can create sustainable advantages by providing the accurate information required for modern business practices, and how implementing these technologies can help companies realize a significant return on investment. (12 pages)
  • Client Case Study: Wi-Fi RFID
    Published June 2009
    Rush Tracking Systems explains how one of its clients, a global automobile manufacturer, deployed a Wi-Fi RFID system to manage finished goods inventory at dealer sites, in order to reduce financial losses due to increased credit cycles, order fulfillment cycle delays and a lack of visibility into sales and receipts. (6 pages)
  • Smart Shop Floor—A Case Study of an RFID-Enabled Metal Tube Manufacturing Process
    Published April 2009
    B. Venkatalakshmi, P. Vijayalakshmi and S. Manjula of the RFID & Sensors Lab at Velammal Engineering College in Chennai, India, demonstrate a case study involving the monitoring of work-in-progress regarding materials in a metal tube manufacturing unit.
  • An RFID Forklift System Purpose-built for Warehouses
    Published February 2009
    M/A-Com Technology Solutions describes a basic RFID forklift system incorporating industrial-grade antennas and a mobile interrogator. The system enables a forklift operator to automatically collect information from RFID tags affixed to shelves, pallets, floors and products as the vehicle moves goods to various locations.
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