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.
Xerafy will soon release new VDA-compliant versions of its Micro X II on-metal RFID tags that meet (and in many cases, exceeds) the requirements of the VDA recommendations. Like the original Micro X II tags (which can track parts and vehicles through the entire manufacturing process, including painting), the Micro X II VDA tag is designed to withstand extreme temperatures and exposure to harsh chemicals and processes.
Germany is the third-largest car producer in the world, and the industry there is known for being highly innovative. The VDA RFID recommendations were meant to standardize both the use of RFID for tracking parts and components during vehicle development, as well as the data stored in the RFID transponder and network-based exchange, and to define the requirements for the usage and application of RFID tags.
The VDA recommendations follow ISO/IEC standards for RFID usage because companies could more easily map to existing company alpha-numeric ID structures.
With standards in place, automotive manufacturers and part suppliers can use compliant tags to provide real-time visibility both during production of a vehicle, and across the entire manufacturing supply chain.
Xerafy has already demonstrated the effectiveness of RFID for work-in-progress (WIP) tracking for automakers. The Micro X II tag has been successfully used to track vehicle production across a factory, including through harsh paint-booth operations.
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