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RFID Brings Identification to LCD Manufacturer's Automated Storage and Retrieval

With a UHF RFID system from EPC Solutions Taiwan, Innolux is tracking which loaded pallets are received and stored, and are then retrieved from storage for shipping or further assembly.
By Claire Swedberg
Jun 04, 2017

LCD and touch panel manufacturer Innolux Corp. has expanded its radio frequency identification technology deployment from shipping management at dock doors to automated storage and retrieval at the warehouses of two facilities. The latest deployment helps to automatically manage the flow of its LCD panel products as they are handled by the company's automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

By using RFID, the ASRS can identify each pallet loaded with products as it is received, placed in storage and later retrieved for shipping at two of the firm's Taiwan facilities. The technology that uniquely identifies each item is provided by EPC Solutions Taiwan.

An antenna is deployed at the entrance to the ASRS.
In 2016, Innolux deployed an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-based system from EPC Solutions Taiwan to track the movements of vehicles and pallets at one of its plants in Taiwan (see RFID Brings Visibility to LCD Flat Display Manufacturer). This deployment was expanded to a second facility last year, with additional Taiwan locations now in the process of installing the technology. For its ASRS, however, the company used bar-code technology to identify pallets loaded with goods as they were received and placed in storage at its facilities.

Innolux is one of the world's largest manufacturers of thin-film transistor (TFT)-LCD displays, including TV panels, desktop monitors and touchscreens. The firm operates 14 plants in Taiwan alone, and employs more than 68,000 staff members at its production sites and sales locations worldwide.

For many years, Innolux used its ASRS to automate the storage and retrieval of parts and finished products at its manufacturing sites, as well as for distribution to retail and wholesale partners. The system, provided by muRata, utilized bar-code technology. Each pallet loaded with finished LCD panels, or with components to be used in the building of such panels, came with a bar-code label.

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