Besides 2D barcodes, automotive manufacturers have begun to capitalize on another technology in their production, shipping, and receiving processes: RFID.
RFID – radio frequency identification – uses RFID tags and chips to hold data, much like barcodes do. These tiny tags and chips have small antennas which send and receive radio signals from an RFID reader.
After a false start in the early 2000s, the UHF (ultra-high frequency) RFID market has gained some significant momentum as applications are showing genuine ROI.
RFID technology now offers several advantages to the automotive manufacturing industry in particular.
5 Reasons why RFID Technology Can Help Automotive Manufacturers
1) RFID technology can increase inventory visibility.
With RFID technology – especially if you are using active RFID tags – automotive manufacturers can count on a read accuracy of 100% the majority of the time. This helps to provide more visibility into your inventory and makes it easy to locate items in your facility.
But this doesn’t just apply to inventory in your facility; it also applies to inventory throughout your entire supply chain. RFID technology, like 1D and 2D barcodes, can serve as a significant component in developing traceability programs to track your parts throughout the world.
2) RFID technology speeds up the inventory process from days to minutes.
Because RFID technology uses non-line of sight (NLOS) data capture, you can take inventory much faster (i.e., in minutes).
This also helps speed up your shipping process. In fact, RFID technology gives you the ability to verify incoming or outcoming shipments in merely seconds.
3) RFID technology eliminates manual tasks.
Automotive manufacturers currently are using RFID technology to document construction statuses when testing components and vehicles. RFID technology is also used to perform automotive inspections during the assembly process.
With the swift and seamless capabilities of RFID technology, your workers can now be freed from doing manual tasks and have time to focus on other things, operations, and processes in your facility.
4) You can decrease the margin for error in your receiving department with RFID technology.
Automakers now use RFID tags to automate the receiving process by tagging parts before they are shipped. When you automate the receiving process, you can decrease the margin for error at an astounding rate.
5) With RFID technology, you can scan products from a greater distance and both store and track more information about parts and components.
RFID tags offer numerous benefits to automotive manufacturers, especially in larger facilities, in that you can scan them with an RFID reader from greater distances than barcodes.
In addition, RFID tags can store – and track – larger amounts of information about your parts and products.
Example of How RFID Technology Can Help Automotive Manufacturers
Recently, a major multinational automotive manufacturer used Printronix Auto ID’s T6000 industrial thermal barcode printer with RFID to help identify hidden mounted components in their facilities.
This manufacturers’ components – particularly plastic components – were subsurface mounted or varnished during the final assembly of their vehicles. As a result, the barcodes were destroyed and couldn’t be scanned.
This automaker chose to utilize RFID tags which are printed and coded with data via the T6000 in one single processing step.
Now, the supplier and the manufacturer are using barcode labels and RFID tags for production control, tracking and tracing, stock-keeping, and identification.
The RFID tags hold all relevant data to improve product processing within the manufacturer’s facilities.
Printronix Auto ID’s RFID Technology
The T6000 with RFID supports on-pitch, short-pitch, and standard pitch RFID printing requirements and can also be combined with our ODV-1D barcode validation solution.
To learn more, check out the datasheet here.