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By using RFID, the company knows where each product is in the painting process, as well as how much paint has been used and when it will require replenishment. The company can thus ensure that it has up-to-date information about products that will be available for shipping, address any delays in the painting process and reorder more paint in a timely manner. The technology, provided by German integration firm IdentPro, includes Xerafy on-metal tags.
The painting takes place in what the company refers to as an environmentally friendly paint shop within its 485,000-square-foot factory. The factory features a 10-kilometer-long (6.2-mile-long) conveyor that moves products through the painting process, which involves pre-treating each item, followed by dip-priming and powder-coating.
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