John Deere, the Moline, Ill., manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment and residential lawn mowers, has been testing and using passive RFID in its manufacturing operations for at least two years. Now, the company is ramping up its efforts. In May, John Deere began using EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to ensure products meant for repair don't end up at retail stores. This month, the company is launching an EPC Gen 2 pilot in one of its factories, to monitor work-in-process and ensure parts are at the right spot at the proper time. The firm is also integrating an RFID system with its manufacturing execution system in another factory, to improve production efficiencies and accuracies for a product it is now launching.
Source: RFIDJournal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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