How Can RFID Monitor Appliances?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Can RFID Monitor Appliances?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

Where can I find a guide for using the technology in different stages of the refrigeration appliance industry, as well as inside appliances to monitor their lifecycle?

—Name withheld


I would point you to Carrier as an example of a company using RFID to increase safety, improve productivity and reduce errors at its manufacturing plant. Carrier put tags on units rolling down its assembly line and also used the tags to create an automated shipping and component verification system. This resulted in an 80 percent to 90 percent reduction in shipping errors, while productivity jumped by 33 percent (see Carrier Takes Manufacturing to a Higher Level). If you are a premium member, you can view an excellent presentation about this solution by Balaji Suresh, UTC Climate, Controls and Security' materials manager (see How Carrier Made Excellent Manufacturing Even Better With RFID, Part 1 and Part 2).

You can use the tags to improve manufacturing and shipping, and to identify an appliance for maintenance purposes. So you could, for example, equip repair people with readers attached to a tablet so they could look up the exact schematics of a particular appliance. The tags could be used at the end of their lifecycle to ensure that the parts to which they are attached are effectively recycled. It might also be possible to attach sensors to parts within an appliance in order to monitor its condition, but you would need to build a reader into the device and have it connect to your servers via the appliance owner's Wi-Fi system. This would allow for preventive maintenance if, for example, a motor was vibrating too much, or if the temperature in a coil changed significantly.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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