RFID

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications in manufacturing and the supply chain.

RFID Specialist Announces Smart Factory Expo Plans

07-Oct-2016
RFID Specialist Announces Smart Factory Expo Plans
At Smart Factory Expo, HARTING (Hall 2 - Stand number 51/52) is to demonstrate its range of automation solutions for improving the efficiency of manufacturing logistic processes based on the concepts of Integrated Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

HARTING’s approach to smart manufacturing is based on the addition of intelligence to manufacturing processes with the aim of achieving a high level of connectivity, visibility, awareness, and adaptability at all stages in the supply chain. By enhancing users’ processes with RFID technology, HARTING makes it possible to implement solutions that deliver real profitability gains without the need for re-engineering already proven, stable manufacturing processes.

The two key elements of HARTING’s approach are machine-to-machine communications and manufacturing logistics. Machine-to-machine communications is typically concerned with the transmission of information obtained from the monitoring of production equipment to improve diagnostics and to enable effective preventative maintenance.

Manufacturing logistics replaces the existing supply chain management model with the use of intelligent systems to implement functions such as supplying the line with discrete and accurate quantities of materials; ensuring goods flow on a “just in time” schedule, and faithfully tracking assets and inventory in the warehouse and in transit.

HARTING’s approach to manufacturing logistics involves the use of RFID sensor networks to collect manufacturing data which is then “operationalised”, allowing, for example, production lines to be adjusted, maintained, or re-tooled, based on live information. The ability to use this manufacturing data rapidly to inform IoT systems can be invaluable to users in creating a competitive advantage in complex markets.