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Volkswagen Group realises load carrier management on the basis of UHF RFID

Use Cases | von PR RFID im Blick | 29. März 2017
Secure registration of direction of movement with intelligent RFID systems Secure registration of direction of movement with intelligent RFID systems BILD: Volkswagen

Shared services and UHF RFID technology are the basis of a concept for a globally standardised process.

In order to fulfil the increasing demands in the field of intralogistics, Volkswagen Group already successfully deploys RFID technology in various applications for many years. The company developed a concept for a globally standardised process for the registration of load carriers, specifically for load carrier management.

By Martin Meinshausen, Head of Group IT RFID Competence Center, Volkswagen AG

Positive business case due to scalable solution

Martin MeinshausenMartin Meinshausen In order to effectively and costefficiently realise roll-outs of this magnitude in plants worldwide, all interfaces and system components have to be defined and coordinated with each other. The required hardware and software has to be available in a standardised fashion. In order to achieve comparable and stable functions in all RFID applications worldwide, an internal shared service was established in the central IT. The advantage for the specialist sections in the plants is that an experienced RFID team is placed at disposal to support them during the implementations.

Moreover, a central IT infrastructure can be used that may develop into a positive business case in a timely manner due to scaling effects.

Secure registration of direction of movement with intelligent RFID systems

In the bigging of 2015 the company already decided to offer a standard load carrier management application within the framework of shared services for particular Volkswagen plants and brands in the group. The focus lies on the tracking of serialised load carriers. This has not been possible with previous systems. Intelligent RFID systems by Kathrein, for example, do not only support the secure registration of load carries but also define the course and direction of movement of the objects at the loading gates or as a mobile reading point in transport vehicles.

Central template software solution via shared services

In load carrier management and in AutoID device management, the product CrossTalk by Nofilis is being used among others. Volkswagen‘s shared service offers a central template software solution with the load carrier management application. Then, the solution is easily and swiftly extendable with regard to local demands of the plants, for example, via specific reporting and analysis formats for other group brands or key suppliers. The entire load carrier management application runs as a shared service in the data centre of Volkswagen. The individual decentralised reading points in the plants are connected via RFID readers with integrated management software.

UHF RFID systems ensure reliable identification of the load carriers at the loading gates.UHF RFID systems ensure reliable identification of the load carriers at the loading gates. The intelligent antenna and reader technology by Kathrein RFID makes it also possible to recognize the course and direction of movement of the objects at the loading gates or as a mobile reading point in transport vehicles.

The long-term objective: Connecting suppliers and service providers

The core objectives of the application consist of the tracking of load carriets to optimise the stock via the efficient usage of containers and via easy planning and procurement. An additional extension of the registration and analysis on the level of material tracking via the connection of parts and material with the load carrier is already planned in the phase model regarding the roll-out. The long-term objective includes the control and automatic entry of goods movements including load carrier management. Moreover, the connection of suppliers and service providers is also planned in order to automatically receive information about supply chain events outside their own Volkswagen boundaries.

End-to-end transparency in the supply chain

Due to the connection of external tracking points, an end-to-end transparency is being created that leads to better planning for Volkswagen and the supply chain partners such as suppliers or logistics service providers. As a result, the supplier or external partner can gain direct insight in the container stocks that are relevant to him via the load carrier management application, and can then set new component supplies in motion within logistics optimisation in a timely manner, for example. In return, Volkswagen has insight into the container stocks at the supplier, enabling a more efficient use of load carriers. Dwindling can be mostly avoided as well.

Roll-out to other plants

In the load carrier management application a status that gives information on the individual state – for example, full, empty, damaged, in maintenance, cleaned, soiled – can be assigned to each individual load carrier. This leads to a high transparency regarding numbers, state, and position of the individual load carriers. As a result, costly transports between the plants and the suppliers cease to apply, just like the expensive procurement of new containers in order to counteract the permanent dwindling of containers. The load carrier management application has already been installed in several Volkswagen plants – in Wolfsburg, in Hanover, in Zwickau as well as in Bratislava among others – and is still being rolled out worldwide.

Letzte Änderung am Montag, 24 April 2017 09:03
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