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If you want to learn about the application of RFID technology in the field of automobile manufacturing, you can find a lot of useful information in this article.
The manufacturing and assembly activities of automobiles have problems such as complex production resource management, discrete components, and numerous manufacturing links. The use of RFID technology for data can make the manufacturing link more efficient and accurate. The following is a detailed introduction to the application of RFID technology in the field of automobile manufacturing.
Production process management (WIP)
Using RFID technology can take production progress information more automatically, in real-time and reliably, making the production process and progress more visible, and at the same time reducing the dependence on manual information collection, reducing costs, and reducing errors.
On the basis of the above-mentioned more automatic and accurate information collection, commercial vehicle manufacturers can further improve their lean production management level and gain a competitive advantage.
The improvement of production management by using RFID technology can be reflected in many aspects, such as:
Cooperate with automatic production line, automatic selection of WIP production path--products with different configurations in the production process often need to go through different paths, and at the point of path divergence, judge and select by identifying WIP. The use of RFID technology to identify work-in-progress is the best solution.
Automatic verification of work-in-progress and assembly materials--Individualized production requires a high degree of coordination between production and material distribution. Assembly materials must be delivered to the exact station at the exact time and in the exact order.
However, in actual production, errors are unavoidable. Once erroneous materials are assembled on the work-in-process, a series of costs for error checking and correction will be incurred, and may even affect the on-time delivery of products and customer satisfaction.
RFID technology is often used to change error detection and error correction to error prevention to reduce or avoid these unnecessary costs. Using RFID technology to identify the work-in-progress and current materials separately, and compare and judge by the information system, can effectively prevent errors, reduce the actions of operators that do not generate value-added, and avoid errors that may be caused by manual intervention.
Automatic material pulling on the production line - Lean production requires pulling material supply, which requires the material department to accurately and timely grasp the consumption of materials besides the production line.
Through more automated RFID technology, the production process can be further visualized, which is beneficial for the material department to more accurately grasp the production dynamics. On the premise of ensuring material supply, it can reduce safety inventory and reduce capital occupation.
Product traceability information collection--The collection of product pedigree information is the basis for realizing product recall, and this information must be collected during the production process to be the most accurate.
Through the RFID tags on materials and work-in-progress, the automatic collection of this information can be realized one-to-one, which not only reduces the redundant actions of operators and improves efficiency, but also eliminates possible errors caused by manual intervention and improves the quality of data.
Internal supply chain
The internal supply chain is an important part of the supply chain of automobile production enterprises. The operation level of the internal supply chain directly affects whether the production can be coordinated, balanced and efficient.
The degree of visualization of the distribution process of spare parts to the production line and the material handling process between the various production processes) contains a great economic value.
Using RFID technology, RFID tags are added to the material itself, such as the engine, front and rear axles, frame, and other important parts, or to material handling containers, such as material boxes, material racks, etc.
Setting up RFID reading portals at all important checkpoints in the entire internal supply chain or deploying RFID reading and writing devices on forklifts for material handling can effectively improve the visibility of the internal supply chain and monitor the movement and distribution of materials in the internal supply chain in real-time.
With the application of the above-mentioned production process management, it can effectively reduce the inventory level of material inventory and create benefits for the enterprise on the premise of ensuring the supply of production materials.
TNT, the company responsible for the third-party logistics business of auto parts in Europe, has successfully used Intermec's RFID technology and products to effectively improve the operational performance of delivering the right materials to the right workstations at the right time and in the right order. , while significantly reducing the cost of logistics operations.
Automobile manufacturers have a large number of various automated production equipment, and the operation status of this production equipment determines whether the product can be carried out normally. Once some key equipment fails, it will force enterprises to temporarily suspend production to eliminate them, which will cause heavy losses to enterprises.
How to effectively track these key equipment, ensure that they are fully maintained at the corresponding time, discover and eliminate hidden dangers in advance, and ensure their running status is an important work content for automobile manufacturers.
Using RFID technology to automatically track key equipment, especially the key equipment directly related to production, and excluding manual judgment and intervention can further ensure that these equipment are fully maintained, reduce losses, and reduce costs.
The American Dailem Chrysler Company installed RFID tags on the brackets of its pickup production line to automatically track the operation status and maintenance technical history of these brackets and achieved huge economic benefits. The cost savings in 4 months was as high as 100 10,000 US dollars, all system investment is recovered, and the input-output rate is as high as 345%.
In addition, RFID technology can also be used for finished vehicle logistics and inventory management and after-sales service in commercial vehicle manufacturers.
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