Continental Tire of the Americas has deployed an RFID system to help it reduce the time its staff spends searching for containers filled with components needed for tire assembly, as well as decrease the amount of waste by providing alerts when parts need to be used before becoming too old. The system went live in early 2010 at the company's assembly plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.
Continental Tire of the Americas is a subsidiary of Continental AG, which makes tires at 13 facilities worldwide, for all major automobile and truck manufacturers. The Illinois plant produces more than 1,000 car and truck tire stock-keeping units at its 60-acre (2.6-million-square-foot) facility, says Greg Pemberton, Continental Tire of the Americas' MIS director.
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