Title: RFID in the production line for work flow improvement

Authors: Kevin Curran; Andrew McClintock; Charles Young; Dennis McKeag; Gavin Killeen

Addresses: University of Ulster, Northland Road, Londonderry BT48 7JL, N. Ireland ' School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, University of Ulster, Northland Road, Londonderry, BT48 7JL, N. Ireland ' NuPrint Ltd,, Springtown, Derry, BT48 9HH, Northern Ireland ' Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Co. Antrim, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland ' NuPrint Ltd., Springtown, Derry, BT48 9HH, Northern Ireland

Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is becoming more embedded in the supply chain. Tracking goods in the work place has been identified as one area where production can be improved. In fact, in almost all non-'green field' modern manufacturing facilities, there are work flow process systems that can be improved to reduce the overall work load and increase the total work throughput. This paper outlines a 'real life' manufacturing facility where RFID was integrated to help streamline work flow.

Keywords: radio frequency identification; RFID; lean manufacturing; location awareness; indoor tracking; localisation; work flow improvement; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2013.052226

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2013 Vol.6 No.1, pp.83 - 112

Accepted: 16 Nov 2012
Published online: 19 Feb 2013 *

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