As customer demands push manufacturers to implement new types of manufacturing technology, RFID plays an ever-greater role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
A recent survey conducted by Zebra Technologies found that the number of manufacturers using RFID in the plant will increase from 37% in 2017 to 48% by 2022. The use of RFID for work in process (WIP) tracking will grow from 54% to 69% among those already using RFID over the same period.
Manufacturers are steadily turning their physical assets and products into digital assets that can be tracked easily in real-time on the plant floor. This change is being driven by new manufacturing requirements. As companies respond to customer demands and implement new types of manufacturing technology, the entire environment on the plant floor is evolving. Manufacturers are now required to work in more extreme temperatures, rely on real-time inventory management, track perishable materials like composites, and reduce the cost of production.
RFID is the only solution that can provide the speed, visibility, and flexibility that modern manufacturers need. RFID will also be an important enabler of the emerging “smart factory” model.
Embedded with UHF RFID technology, Xerafy’s Trak Series of tags have enabled real-time asset and supply chain tracking in manufacturing environments time and time again. With the launch of the company’s new Container Trak, Versa Trak II and Cargo Trak II tags, end users can improve asset, vehicle, and logistics management with a long read range, a wide variety of mounting methods (adhesive, rivet, cable tie), and the ability to withstand exposure to water, contaminants, and extreme temperatures – saving time and money by eliminating manual tracking/searches, optimizing asset utilization, and reducing unnecessary capital expenditures. The company’s Metal Skin line of tags provide even more flexibility when it comes to asset tracking in a manufacturing plant, allowing users to tag both metal and non-metal assets with a durable label that can also incorporate barcodes and text .
See how Xerafy’s tags are used in challenging manufacturing environments in this video.
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