RFID has become central to the automotive industry strategies towards Industry 4.0.
The automotive industry’s just-in-time manufacturing model has led to advancements in both manufacturing and supply chain technology. The advent of Industry 4.0 will lead to a new wave in technological innovation as manufacturers embrace sensor-based real-time connectivity, new human-machine interfaces, Big Data analytics, and increased digitization of manufacturing processes.
The use of RFID and sensors are enabling this new revolution, providing the real-time connectivity needed for automakers to enable part-level visibility across their operations.
RFID can provide further benefits in a number of automotive manufacturing applications. Those include:
- Parts/Components Tracking – Automakers are already masters at inventory tracking; but RFID-enabled solutions can provide real-time visibility into additional data points (quality information, production information) that feeds an analytics engine used to gain more actionable business insights. The technology can also streamline recalls.
- Work-in-Progress (WIP) – Industry 4.0 will require up-to-the-minute information on the entire production chain. RFID can provide this highly granular visibility through WIP tracking, allowing management to see the status of specific items and orders, and quickly make adjustments where needed.
- Distribution – Once cars are built, RFID can provide vehicle-level tracking that is useful in the supply chain, at the dealership, and throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle, including recalls, maintenance, and repairs. Manufacturers can generate cradle-to-grave information on every vehicle they make.
Achieving this level of connectedness and visibility means that the RFID technology involved must withstand the full spectrum of manufacturing and supply chain processes. Auto parts and vehicles are exposed to extreme temperatures, chemicals, and other conditions.
Xerafy provides this type of durable tracking via its Micro X II Automotive RFID tags, which comply with auto industry standards (AIAG, VDA 5500, Odette) and are designed to survive harsh manufacturing environments. Our original Micro X II on-metal tags have already been used to track vehicles through paint booth processes, and the new versions provide the same reliability with higher memory and adherence to industry-specific data and performance requirements.
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The latest addition to the Micro X II family of tags meets automotive industry recommendations, including Germany’s VDA 5500.
HONG KONG – (Wednesday, December 6th) Xerafy, the global leader and innovator of Gen2 passive UHF RFID metal tags, today announced that it has released a new Micro X II on-metal tag designed to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 in the Automotive Industry for tracking parts and components across the supply chain, as well as tracking work-in-progress (WIP) and paint-shop applications in the assembly line.
Xerafy’s new Micro X II Automotive RFID tag
There are a number of RFID-related standards in the automotive industry. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has its B-11 Tire & Wheel Label & RFID standard, for example. Odette International recently upgraded its B21/LR05 RFID item-level standard as well. In Germany, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) released a number of application-specific RFID recommendations (VDA 5500) back in 2015, including VDA 5501 – RFID for container management in the supply chain; VDA 5509/5510 – RFID for tracking parts and components in the automotive industry; and VDA 5520 – RFID in vehicle distribution.
While large aircraft manufacturers and airlines are the biggest users of RFID in the aviation market, there are plenty of opportunities for suppliers to use the technology to generate internal improvements.
Xerafy’s Container Trak tag is being tested by several companies to identify the locations and movements of metal containers or trailers in such areas as outdoor storage yards and distribution centers.