Executive Briefings

Auto Components Supplier Goes Lean with RFID

Challenge: A major manufacturing facility sought to automate the receiving of parts from 160 suppliers daily. This facility needed a new solution to decrease bar code scanning time, to reduce inventory inaccuracies caused by late shipping notices and human error, and to enable the company to track and better manage its 80,000 shipping containers.

Solution: They decided to use RFID with File Transfer Protocol and wireless technology. The facility deployed Motorola RFID scanners at its own facility and at those of its third-party logistics suppliers and container processors. The company workers use both handheld and forklift-based scanners. Each reusable container or pallet has an RFID tag with a unique ID.

Results: The overall solution cuts receiving-cycle time by 50%, increases accuracy of processes from inventory control to accounting, cuts inventory significantly, reduces investment cost by 50%, and enables easy extension to finished goods, shop floor, and inventory tracking processes.

About the Solution Provider: Motorola Solutions (Formerly Symbol Technologies Inc.) is the leading manufacturer of rugged data collection equipment used in warehouses, distribution centers, mobile field applications, retail centers, health care facilities and many other environments.

Web: www.barcoding.com/partners/symbol.shtml

Email: info@barcoding.com

Phone: 410.385.8532

Solution: They decided to use RFID with File Transfer Protocol and wireless technology. The facility deployed Motorola RFID scanners at its own facility and at those of its third-party logistics suppliers and container processors. The company workers use both handheld and forklift-based scanners. Each reusable container or pallet has an RFID tag with a unique ID.

Results: The overall solution cuts receiving-cycle time by 50%, increases accuracy of processes from inventory control to accounting, cuts inventory significantly, reduces investment cost by 50%, and enables easy extension to finished goods, shop floor, and inventory tracking processes.

About the Solution Provider: Motorola Solutions (Formerly Symbol Technologies Inc.) is the leading manufacturer of rugged data collection equipment used in warehouses, distribution centers, mobile field applications, retail centers, health care facilities and many other environments.

Web: www.barcoding.com/partners/symbol.shtml

Email: info@barcoding.com

Phone: 410.385.8532