Role of RFID In-Production Logistics

This Ph.D. research is in the framework of internal plant logistics optimization by employing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. RFID technology serves as a Real Time Location System (RTLS) solution to track objects (i.e. vehicles and loads) in the plant. Active tags are attached to the objects and the tags communicate with the readers throughout the plant. RTLS locates tags accurately and automatically, and stores the data as time and position measurement. This data is then analyzed in the optimization framework.

The first two years of the research is in the scope of a Flanders’ Drive project with seven automotive companies, to develop analysis methods and supporting computer tools for the current logistics model refinement. The work is a combination of practical experiments, theoretical development of analysis methods and computer based testing of these methods within the companies. Sequentially, the logistic performance indicators are examined , the analysis such as time-series and process visualization are performed, simulation parameters are improved, and dynamic dashboard tools are developed. Last two years of the research is aimed to explore the potential of RFID technology (and relatives) for the logistic processes. It is foreseen to build knowledge in the applicability of RFID in logistics modeling and parameterization.

Ihsan Arkan
  • Hendrik Van Landeghem
Feb. 6, 2013, 12:09 p.m.
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