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Industrial RFID Systems drive asset availability and data capture for the most challenging manufacturing process: High-Temp Production, Paint Shop, Injection Molding, Work-In-Process, Tooling, Molds and Dies.
RFID goes beyond the supply chain in helping manufacturing operations track, locate, secure, and monitor the critical assets they depend on, with tags, sensors, and readers specifically engineered to capture the critical data Automation and Just-In-Time systems need.
THE CHALLENGES OF RFID TRACKING SYSTEMS IN MANUFACTURING
Typical high-temperature production starts in the 55-110C range for cooking, pressurization, sterilization. Temperatures up to 160C are common for industrial distillation and killing, while chemicals are in the 90-200C range.
Manufacturing processes such as Paint Shops are complex: Temperature cycling, Water immersion, Jets, Caustic chemicals, Pressure, Shocks, Vibrations...
Manufacturing and production systems such as Automation, Just-In-Time depend on accurate data, which calls for industry-grade performance and quality.
Proprietary equipment and processes require solutions to be customizable, with the capacity to develop innovative form factors, materials, tagging systems.
Deployments in the field involve thorough testings and qualifications.
USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEMS
Manufacturing RFID Systems are designed to provide visibility into specific processes. For instance, the automotive industry relies on Xerafy RFID Tags to capture information on the assembly line, in specialized workshops, on the shop floor.
How to achieve optimal read-range and accuracy with On-Metal RFID? How do embeddable RFID tags work? Xerafy RFID Tags include both On-Metal as well as In-Metal options, with Custom RFID services available.
Industrial RFID Tags are used in the high-temp production processes of Metal foundries, Composite materials, Ceramic, Concrete, Iron and Steel, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, among others.
Xerafy's Industrial RFID Tags' superior design allows them to withstand extreme temperatures, moisture, and pressure, as well as the cleaning regimens they are associated with, without damage or performance degradation.
Data doesn’t stop at the Paint Shop: From pre-treatment, through spray booth, to oven-drying, Industrial RFID Tags enable tracking for parts and their carriers, such as skids.
The process expertise developed by Xerafy covers a large variety of industrial paint shop processes from automotive to manufacturing. We help them automate across paint types, chemicals, sprays and jets, temperature cycling, and other critical application parameters.
With a full range of tags engineered for high-resistance RFID systems, Xerafy's tagging solutions reliably identify skids in the paint shop and go through the entire production process: Dip tanks with harsh chemicals and other pre-treatments of the surface, cataphoresis coating, drying in high-temperature ovens, powder coating.
Our tags come with industry-grade mounting options, ensuring each tag is firmly attached to the skid to provide reliable identification throughout the entire painting process, without identification errors or contamination risks.
Embeddable RFID Tags are designed to be injection-molded by OEMs and suppliers into their consumables, parts, and systems.
By adding RFID capabilities at point-of-manufacture, they enable the digitization of integrated supply chains with real-time information and added flexibility.
Xerafy pioneered the concept of 'Embeddable RFID', be it in metal or in plastic, and offers a full range of ready-to-use and customizable products.
MOLDS AND DIES
Molding, casting, stamping, cutting...: Industrial Molds and Dies are essential to mass production.
Tire production for instance involves dozens of molds for a given product, making the tracking of molds a question of operational efficiency and protection of key assets. Tracking is also involved in maintenance during the mold's life cycle, which can reach over 30 years in some instances, with cleaning procedures scheduled to take place regularly, involving ovens, lasers, etc.
Likewise, metal foundries require to keep track of each mold to maintain availability throughout the production workflow.
Work-In-Process (WIP), and the control of it, are critical to delivering a lean manufacturing organization.
RFID systems provide production control systems with real-time information needed to monitor every batch and order in production and to alert for anomalies. The parameters monitored and recorded are used to document the production process for quality and traceability purposes.
Moreover, RFID systems help to identify process inefficiencies and addressing them. Production facilities with multiple and extensive storage facilities benefit from automated product identification and reduced picking time thanks to accurate location management.
The automotive industry provides examples of manufacturing asset tracking applied to tooling equipment.
General Motors has a dedicated team in charge of tracking thousands of tooling equipment involved in the production of critical components. With tooling distributed across hundreds of sites within a complex production and supply organization, tooling tracking has become a key feature of GM suppliers' organization.