RFID in Manufacturing
RFID improves asset availability and data capture in even the most challenging manufacturing process, such as high temperatures, paint shops, injection molding, work-in-process, tooling, molds, and dies.
RFID technology is deployed beyond the supply chain to assist manufacturing operations in tracking, locating, securing, and monitoring the critical assets on which they rely, with industry-grade RFID readers, tags, and sensors designed to capture the critical data production systems require.
RFID IN MANUFACTURING AND ITS CHALLENGES
Manufacturing means high temperatures, starting in the 55-110C range for cooking, pressurization, sterilization. Temperatures up to 160C are common for industrial distillation and kilning, while chemicals are in the 90-200C range.
Processes are complex, with Paint Shop operations, for instance, involving Temperature cycling, Water immersion, Jets, Caustic chemicals, Pressure, Shocks, Vibrations...
Software and systems such as Automation, Just-In-Time depend on accurate data, which calls for industry-grade reliability and performance.
Proprietary equipment and processes require solutions to be customizable, with the capacity to develop innovative form factors, materials, tagging systems.
Deployment in the field involve thorough testings and qualifications.
USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEMS FOR MANUFACTURING
Manufacturing tracking and identification systems are intended to provide transparency into specific processes. But how do you achieve optimal read-range and accuracy when working in an industrial environment with a high concentration of metal assets and surfaces? How do you get embeddable RFID tags to work?
The automotive industry provides a wide range of examples of how to leverage Xerafy RFID Tags to capture data on the assembly line, in specialized workshops, and on the shop floor. Xerafy RFID Tags are available in both On-Metal and embeddable In-Metal configurations, with Custom RFID services available.
RFID IN HIGH-TEMP PRODUCTION
Industrial RFID Tags are used in the high-temp production 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.
RFID IN PAINT SHOPS
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 RFID tags engineered for high-resistance industrial tracking 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.
RFID FOR INJECTION MOLDING
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.
RFID FOR MOLDS AND DIES
Molding, casting, stamping, cutting...: Industrial Molds and Dies are essential to manufacturing.
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 manufacturing workflow.
WIP RFID TRACKING
Work-In-Process (WIP), and the control of it, are critical to delivering a lean manufacturing organization.
WIP systems provide production control systems with real-time information needed to monitor every batch and order in process 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. Manufacturing facilities with multiple and extensive storage facilities benefit from automated product identification and reduced picking time thanks to accurate location management.
RFID IN TOOLING
The automotive industry provides examples of manufacturing asset systems applied to tooling equipment.
General Motors has a dedicated team in charge of managing thousands of tooling equipment involved in the manufacturing of critical components. With tooling distributed across hundreds of sites within a complex production and supply organization, managing tooling equipment has become a key feature of GM suppliers' organization.