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“RFID im Blick“-Report: RFID and Automotive 04/2015

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RFID and Automotive 2015By Dunja Kandel, „RFID im Blick

Since 2014, RFID has become more and more important in inter-corporate applications in the automotive sector. Therefore, concrete agreements for inter-corporatably usable RFID-solutions should be given a high priority, states the RFID-expert group of the VDA (Association of the German Automotive Industry).

It is known that OEMs have plans for the extension of RFID-usage into their world-wide sites and into new use cases such as in the outbound logistics, and that their plains will be made concrete in 2015. In the automotive supplier industry, processes which are to some extend already proven are transferred to other application fields such as logistics and, aiming for fulfilled potential, the use of technology is broadened or refined.

Researchers already think ahead and work on a forward-looking optimization of the CFC-large- series parts production in the automotive industry using RFID-technology. To integrate RFID-transponders into the automotive industry’s material of the future would enable the monitoring and control of the CFC-large-series parts production processes almost in real-time.

Automotiv Supplier EuWe integrates RFID Technology

High-tech Plastic Products with RFID from Turck

TurckAchim Weber, Senior Sales Manager at Turck, interviewed by “RFID im Blick”

“The integration of the Turck RFID system in the controller was very easy. We didn’t need to integrate any special program blocks in the PLC software in order to translate the RFID language into the language of the controller.”

Linked production processes in special machines have disadvantages: A stop at one station results almost immediately in the shutdown of the entire machine. Intelligent buffer sections can ensure a continuous flow of production but can mostly only be implemented effectively with the identification of the workpieces. Automotive supplier EuWe Eugen Wexler GmbH & Co. KG has implemented this in a new production plant for rear vents – with Turck‘s BL ident RFID system.

RFID Used in the Mass Production of CFRP

Researchers at Fraunhofer are working on the future-oriented optimisation of mass-produced CFRP components in the automotive industry using RFID technology

Fraunhofer IWUJulia Pielmeier, RMV Project Group of the Fraunhofer IWU, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

The integration of RFID transponders in CFRP allows the monitoring and control of the production of CFRP Large-Scale Component Series over the entire manufacturing process.

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is seen as the future material of the automotive industry. However, there has previously been no available way of monitoring CFRP processes in mass production and controlling them in real time. RFID technology can be an appropriate approach. As part of the research project ‘InTraCFK’, the Augsburg Project Group for Resource-Efficient Mechatronic Processing Machines (RMV) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) has been looking – together with BMW, smart-TEC, GEFASOFT and noFilis – at the technical feasibility of integrating RFID tags in CFRP components.


RFID-Expert Group

Directive RFID-Standards for Industry 4.0

RFID-Expert GroupDirk Werthmann, BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik, participant in the, VDA-working group AIDC

VDA-industrial recommendations - Basis for practical implementations in the inter-corporate supply chain

In the first quarter of 2015, the RFID-expert group of the German Automotive Industry Association (VDA) published the industry recommendation VDA 5500 – “Basic principles for the use of RFID in the automotive industry”. Complementing the existing industry recommendations VDA 5501 (containers), VDA 5509 (prototype parts), VDA 5510 (serial parts), as well as VDA 5520 (vehicles) the VDA 5500 summarizes the main principles of these applicationoriented guidelines in one guidance document. This document consists of the technical requirements to RFID-transponders and the design of inter-corporately usable RFID-data structures, among other things. At the same time, the RFID-expert group has systematically revised other already-established industrial recommendations.

Not use RFID? No Way!

Rehau always relies on RFID for bumper production and expands established processes to other plants and production series as well as logistics processes

RehauMarcel Munzert, Corporate IS Production Logistics, Rehau, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

From Production to Logistics - Successful RFID Implementations are Transferred to New Processes

“Rehau stipulated the use of RFID in tracking bumper components,” says Marcel Munzert, Corporate IS Production Logistics, Rehau. In eight plants worldwide, the technology is used in production. And already established processes are being introduced to other production series, including other plants and new applications. After the successful RFID deployment in production, the automotive supplier focuses on logistics processes such as forklift-based load carrier management.

RFID success

RFID-based processes ensure streamlined manufacturing and a 100 per cent workload.

Magna Exteriors & InteriorsHendrik Rothe, CEO at Magna Exteriors & Interiors (Meerane), in interview with “RFID im Blick”

“We can produce goods more effectively and reliably”

Two years after the launch of RFID-enabled bumper production in Meerane, Hendrik Rothe, CEO of Magna Exteriors & Interiors (Meerane), comes to a positive conclusion: “The reliability of RFID-based manufacturing and system solutions ensures product quality – this is a successful way of attracting new customers as well as convincing automotive suppliers. Within an unusually short time the Magna plant in Saxony, Meerane, achieved 100 per cent utilisation. And the use of the technology will be expanded and refined.”

NFC-Phone Turns into a Smart Key

Witte Automotive implements mobile access for automobile locks

Witte AutomotiveReinaldo Mensch, Head of Development and Christian Goldschmidt, Head of Mobile Access Witte Automotive, talking with “RFID im Blick”

“The trend to integrate more decentralized intelligent systems into the vehicle and connect them using a CAN-Bus is evident. Therefore, we are consistently developing innovative ways and process.”

To open and close car doors via smartphone, or to have a parcel put directly into the trunk by the shipping company: NFC redefines key-less access. Witte Automotive, the company producing car locking systems for the automotive industry, developed an NFC-based system to access and manage vehicles. The company is convinced: “NFC is no longer a future vision, but is now the next logical step,” as Christian Goldschmidt und Reinaldo Mensch, Witte Automotive, explain.

RFID Body Welding and Painting

Valmet Automotive in Finland is tracking the production of cars with RFID

Valmet Automotive

RFID can support highly automated production processes like in the paint shop or in the body shop

Valmet Automotive is a leading service provider in automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems, and related business services. Their focus areas of expertise are premium cars, convertibles and electric vehicles. After successful deployment of a RFID system for the chassis painting process, Valmet Automotive has expanded the tracking system and is taking RFID into usage for the whole production process.

Interconnected manufacturing

How Industry 4.0 boosts the competitiveness of Bosch

BoschVon Andreas Müller, project manager of logistics for Industry 4.0, Bosch

The interconnected manufacturing maintains and improves competitiveness – and is so securing jobs in Germany. Examples like this show that the topic of Industry 4.0 concerns and impacts many areas of production.

Industry 4.0 is a great chance to strengthen the competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location. Therefore, in its smart connected production – not only in the automotive field – Bosch is therefore using RFID tags. An example is in the manufacturing of injection nozzles for Diesel motors at production site located in Homburg/ Saar. There, RFID-labels capture the transportation of work pieces through the factory.

Software templates enable successful, swift roll-outs

Global roll-outs require hardware independence, scalability and modularity

NofilisMartin Dobler, CTO and Patrick Hartmann, Global Sales Director, Nofilis, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

Modular Software Solution - An approach based on templates can reduce project complexity

Large rollouts, increasing data volumes, real-time localisation – future-proof platform solutions have to grow with the increasing demands of the automotive industry. The software technology provider Nofilis knows from the experience of many large roll-outs that it is important to reduce the complexity of the projects. „In fact we are now approaching the ‚Internet of Things‘. The more systems and larger rollouts there are, the more we have to deal with saving and processing all recorded events and continue their use effectively,“ explains Martin Dobler, Nofilis.

“Insular thinking gets in the way of RFID integration”

If RFID is used properly from the very beginning, it increases efficiency and avoids systemic and financial stalemates

WinckelJörg Bald, Managing Director and Dr. Erhard Schubert, RFID Project Management, Winckel, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

If RFID is used properly from the very beginning, it increases efficiency and avoids systemic and financial stalemates

RFID technology is a lever for achieving efficient processes in the automotive industry. The currently available hardware is technically mature and manageable for integrators, despite their complexity. Companies that want to use RFID in their processes need a partner who knows the industry inside out and understands both the processes of the manufacturer and those of the suppliers. Mediation between all concerned parties is the crucial piece of the puzzle to achieve efficiency-enhancing RFID applications. However, in order to make the right decisions from the beginning of an RFID project, we need a holistic view and extensive system know-how, and this is what is offered by Winckel.

UHF is the Only Way Forward for RFID in the Automotive Industry

In the long term, UHF RFID will replace existing RFID applications because of its greater function range and superior performance

Kathrein RFIDEmre Gürbüz, Sales Manager RFID, Kathrein RFID, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

UHF Reader Technology - Intelligent Data for Efficient and Transparent Processes

Intelligent data generated by smart RFID solutions forms a crucial part of efficient, transparent processes. To achieve this, the use of innovative UHF technology is essential, maintains Emre Gürbüz, from Kathrein RFID. UHF offers not only a significantly greater function range, for example identifying sources of interference or enabling direction recognition, says the Sales Manager, but also has the potential to enable a cross-enterprise data flow. “Only when all relevant stages of production are supported by UHF RFID can the potential of the technology achieve 100 per cent – including processes between companies,” says Emre Gürbüz.

Special Labels for the Automotive Industry

Companies in the automotive sector expect much of reliable, traceable processes. RFID labels support process performance in various ways.

Gera-IdentRamin Hassan, Gera-Ident, in interview with “RFID im Blick“

„An RFID Label Works Best if it is Discreet“

“Anyone who sees RFID labels just as adhesive labels does not see the added value that specific labels can achieve in virtually all automotive industry processes,” says Ramin Hassan, Managing Director of Gera-Ident. He refers to the complex requirements of label solutions from an industry that is far from homogeneous. For more than seven years, the company has focused on specialised solutions for the automotive industry. Gera-Ident has introduced knowledge acquired in numerous projects both to new concepts and re-developed products. The company is also constantly optimising its own assurance of quality in label production, aiming for operational labels that are not noticeable.

UHF-RFID in der automobilen Supply-Chain

Smart Reader Systems Provide Reliable Processes

SICKAndreas Behrens, Head of National Product Management and Oliver Huther, Business Development Manager RFID, SICK, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

OEMs rely on RFID – and suppliers increasingly do, too Gaps in the supply chain are closing.

“Nowadays, RFID is far from being Rocket Science,” says Oliver Huther, responsible for RFID business development at Sick. Behind this bold statement lies practical experience demonstrating that RFID applications have proved their ability to establish efficient production processes for many years, especially in the automotive industry. This knowledge provides a building block for other possible RFID applications that can be upstream and downstream of actual production. “Within inbound logistics between suppliers and OEMs, and in downstream distribution processes, are areas with the potential for improvement through the use of intelligent RFID systems,” says Andreas Behrens, who is responsible for the national Product Management at Sick. However, there is no point in debating the supremacy of any identification technology – it is important to find the best solution, rather than focus on the technology.

Just-In-Sequence Delivery Beyond Factory Bounds

Swift introduction of cross-plants supply chain at Magna

Sigma ChemnitzEric Nagelsmann, Project Manager and Senior Consultant, Sigma Chemnitz, in an interview with „RFID im Blick“

The main factors for the successful deployment of the RFID solution at Magna were on one hand the RFID middleware developed by the company Sigma Chemnitz and secondly the excellent teamwork of the project teams from both companies, Sigma and Magna.

Managing just-in-sequence delivery cross-plants requires the greatest possible transparency in supply chain management. Within the shortest possible time, three Magna plants deployed a cross-plant continuous data and information flow based on RFID.

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