Title: RFID enabled manufacturing: fundamentals, methodology and applications

Authors: B.H. Lu, R.J. Bateman, K. Cheng

Addresses: School of Mechanical Engineering, Dalian Jiao Tong University, Dalian 116028, China. ' School of Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, LS1 3HE, UK. ' School of Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, LS1 3HE, UK

Abstract: Manufacturing enterprises and their associated production activities are becoming increasingly information intensive but the information systems used often rely on data which is assumed rather than actual. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled manufacturing can bridge this gap between the physical flow of materials and the associated information flow. In this paper the fundamental issues, methodologies, applications and potential of RFID enabled manufacturing are reviewed, a simulated RFID machining process application case study is outlined, and finally a proposed methodology, framework and five-step deployment process aimed at developing a holistic approach to implementing RFID enabled manufacturing in manufacturing enterprises is detailed.

Keywords: radio frequency identification; RFID; manufacturing systems; dynamic production control; mass customisation; agile manufacturing; agility; simulation; machining; automatic identification; AutoID; data capture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2006.008860

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.1, pp.73 - 92

Published online: 31 Jan 2006 *

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