RFID Kanban: CPS®RFID for maximum supply security
Faster, more transparent, more secure — radio frequency identification, or RFID for short, is a firmly established system for managing the replenishment of production material in manufacturing industries and is a key building block within an efficient value chain. As a C-Parts system partner, we have used this technology within the industrial Kanban systems for lean inventory management, automated mapping of repeat orders and identification of fluctuations in demand at an early stage. The RFID Kanban systems therefore contribute to even higher supply security than the traditional Kanban processing.
CPS®RFID stands for...
- C-Parts solutions with radio frequency identification
- Radio transmission of the item and bin data directly from the customer's production facility to the central Würth Industrie Service warehouse
- Early recognition of demand fluctuations
- Automated repeat orders without the need for scanning or manual entry
RFID Kanban Systems – Maximum security for your supply chain
The technique is explained quickly: The basis is an insensitive chip with antenna, referred to as a so-called RFID tag or RFID transponder, which is attached to the respective object, in the C-Parts area as a label on the Kanban bin, and is movable. Each tag is identifiable by a unique number for data security. An RFID system also consists of a reading device for detecting the transponder and the sending unit for data transmission or for the automated reordering of C-Parts for production. The essential distinction of the systems lies in passive or active RFID transponders.
While passive RFID transponders do not have their own power supply and gain the energy to send the data from the energy field generated by the reader, active transponders have their own energy source, for example battery, which initiates the data transfer.
Würth Industrie Service operates both systems, but mainly favors systems with passive RFID transponders, as these are maintenance-free. In addition, the integration of systems with passive transponders is seamlessly possible and no change in customer processes necessary.
Different RFID system solutions – Timing matters
25 years of Kanban: WOLF and Würth Industrie Service celebrate Kanban milestone
For more than 25 years now, WOLF GmbH, one of the first Kanban customers of Würth Industrie Service, has relied on the intelligent Kanban supply solutions to achieve maximum security in process, quality and supply. At its main site in Mainburg, the heating and ventilation expert has been using one of the smartest replenishment methods for production materials for a quarter of a century to apply lean management for the inventories, automatically map the reorders and identify any fluctuations in demand at an early stage. An efficient value-added chain cannot be imagined without radio-controlled RFID technology. With the intelligent system solutions, including iSHELF®, iBOX® and iPUSH®, WOLF is setting important course for holistic C-Parts management of the future.
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