At its plant in Roding, Germany, automotive supplier Continental AG has replaced its card-based kanban system with RFID. The company is using the RFID system to track components from the time they are removed from shelves in its warehouse until they are assembled in a clean room.
Before the automotive supplier assembles high-pressure pumps and other mechanical parts, many components must be cleaned in industrial washing machines since every fleck of dust can cause problems in an engine. For quality purposes, Continental Mechanical Components Germany--the Continental subsidiary that operates the plant--must be able to identify all components in each batch and recount the production steps.
Source: RFID Journal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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