Manufacturing White Papers

  • What Makes RFID Systems Industrial-Strength?
    Published February 2014
    Retail environments in which products are sold look nothing like the industrial environments in which they are produced. Yet the same RFID products developed for retail stores and supply chain operations are heavily marketed to manufacturers for production operations. These products may have different housings or IP ratings than their general-purpose cousins, and may work fine in warehouses, but that does not necessarily qualify them as industrial-grade. Balluff discusses how companies can determine if their RFID equipment will survive in industrial environments. (8 pages)
  • Gaining Efficiencies and Reducing Cost in a Competitive Environment
    Published August 2013
    Innovative RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies offer increased process efficiency, accuracy and visibility. In this white paper, Motorola and NXP Semiconductors explain how these benefits enable automation and manufacturing flow advances, improved productivity and other benefits throughout the supply chain. (19 pages)
  • Choosing the Optimum Architecture for UWB RTLS
    Published June 2013
    Real-time locating systems (RTLS) operating in the ultra-wideband domain are becoming more common in many applications, ranging from automated student attendance verification to tool tracking for major aircraft manufacturers. UWB offers many attributes enabling it to provide new capabilities not possible with traditional RTLS technology. Zebra Technologies explains how the choice of UWB RTLS architecture can impact a user's ability to achieve a solid return on investment. (6 pages)
  • Improving Aircraft Maintenance Management Using RFID
    Published May 2013
    Airlines have been late adopters of advanced inventory-management systems, particularly involving AIDC technologies, since aircraft maintenance management is highly industry-specific, considerably regulated and subject to many complexities not present in other industries. With the recent emergence of the U.S Federal Aviation Administration's regulatory airworthiness criteria for flyable RFID, and the recently agreed-upon interoperability data standards, there is now an opportunity for airlines to achieve short- and long-term wins. This essay, from Laminar Aerospace's Marco Andreacchio, outlines how RFID could support a paperless supply chain strategy, and details many key tangible and nontangible benefits for airlines. (7 pages)
  • Identifying the Right RFID: Why Knowing the Difference Between HF and UHF Is Important for Your Industrial Application
    Published February 2013
    This report, from Turck, explains how RFID on the plant floor enables users to improve accuracy, provide faster production speeds, minimize errors and achieve substantial cost savings from both a material and labor standpoint. To achieve such improvements, the company concludes, manufacturers must understand the differences between high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency RFID technologies, in order to be able to implement the correct capabilities and tolerances to meet specific application requirements. (5 pages)
  • Traceability in Manufacturing
    Published December 2012
    This white paper, from Balluff, explains how a traceability program involving RFID and bar-code technologies, combined with application software, can provide direct visibility into the manufacturing process. It also identifies implementation areas in which these technologies have had the greatest impact, and why it is important to develop a traceability program immediately. (11 pages)
  • RTLS: Driving Asset-Management Efficiency for Better Business Results
    Published August 2012
    Zebra Technologies explains how real-time location system (RTLS) technologies leverage existing IT investments in business-intelligence systems to improve enterprise-wide asset visibility, drive efficiencies and optimize business processes. This approach integrates asset-level visibility with software applications, to create a foundation for continuous process improvement, enabling manufacturers to build processes that drive efficiencies within both open- and closed-loop logistics cycles. (8 pages)
  • Track-and-Trace Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry
    Published January 2012
    Manufacturers must frequently adhere to mandates required by the private sector and governments. In this document, SATO America discusses the pharmaceutical and food industries' specific mandates for ensuring consumer safety, and explains why track-and-trace solutions, including bar-coding and RFID technologies, must be implemented in order to ensure the integrity of drugs moving from manufacturers to consumers, and to improve stakeholders' productivity and profitability. (4 pages)
  • Amreyah Cimpor Cement Co. Implements RFID-Powered SLV Cement Solution
    Published October 2011
    Cachapuz Bilanciai Group discusses how it deployed its RFID-based SLV Cement solution at Amreyah Cimpor Cement Co., in Egypt, enabling the company to automatically manage its weighing, logistics and dispatching operations. (9 pages)
  • High-Memory RFID for Maintenance Use: Technology Options, Benefits and Answers
    Published September 2011
    Tego briefly discusses radio frequency identification, Spec 2000, AS5678 and the benefits that RFID offers for the purpose of marking parts. (4 pages)
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