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Schnellecke Group Integrates RFID to Assure Just-in-time Delivery Process Safety

Use Cases | By PR RFID im Blick | 09 December 2015
just-in-time delivery processes at the Schnellecke Group just-in-time delivery processes at the Schnellecke Group Photo: Schnellecke

The automotive logistics service provider, Schnellecke, integrated this concept into its just-in-time delivery processes within its logistics centres in Bratislava and Leipzig

Every day around 50,000 parts leave the Schnellecke logistics centre in Bratislava “just in time” (JIT). This is one of Schnellecke’s 47 international logistics service centres for the automotive industry and it is one of two logistics centres where the sub-assembly processes and sequencing are controlled by RFID. “By integrating RFID into our IT system, we have established processes that are lean and state-of-the art. We achieve process stability, which is our ultimate goal for just-in-time logistics”, explains Dr. Abaid Goda, Senior Manager IT, Schnellecke Group.

Dr. Abaid Goda, Senior Manager IT, Schnellecke Group, in interview with ‘RFID im Blick’

The ‘Logistics Optimisation Centre’ (LOZ) in Lozorno is one of the largest automobile storage centres in the Bratislava region, with 87 just in time transports per day and more than 40,000 square meters storage space. The global automotive logistics service provider handles complete storage processes and sequencing for their customers in the multi-user logistics centre. It also supplies the production line with bumper modules. For efficient JIT item delivery to assembly sites, all processes need to be precisely clocked: each day more than 700 bumpers are assembled, sequenced and then delivered by JIT transport to the production lines of several car models. For one and a half years, processes have been controlled by RFID and are paperless from goods receipt and sub-assembly right through to the production line.

Dr. Abaid GodaDr. Abaid Goda “RFID works very well between a Supplier and an OEM. We need standards in order to implement the potential of RFID within the open supply chain.”

Delivered at just the right time up to the production line

“With the help of RFID integration in our facility, we have achieved our goal of increasing process stability”, explains Dr. Abaid Goda. The bumpers are registered using RFID when they arrive by truck, and their notified EDI data is married with the vehicle ID. The data passes through the entire sub-assembly process where bumper refining takes place. Once modules are called to the production line of certain vehicle models, they are automatically identified by the combined vehicle and component ID. At the production line itself, another RFID reader records that the module is now ready for installation.

Process stability is an absolute necessity for two-minute cycle times

“The system primarily provides us with data security in sequencing. With a two-minute cycle time, it is imperative that parts reach the line in time. Achieving a precise and reliable delivery process is what we have to achieve as a logistics provider. We can only achieve this by using lean, stable and transparent processes. RFID ensures that our processes are lean and state of the art”, explains the IT Manager. Schnellecke takes advantage of more benefits and synergies, such as improved ergonomics, secure documentation for product recalls, but also the ability to transfer the RFID knowledge to other projects. Schnellecke also installed an RFID system in the multi-JIS Centre in Leipzig.

RFID works in a closed circuit

“We can demonstrate that RFID works in a closed circuit and that RFID projects do have a chance to succeed in bilateral relationships between supplier and OEM”, explains Dr. Goda. “We use the RFID project to persuade more suppliers to change to using automated, paperless procedures!” RFID is a component that is supplemented by paperless Q-Check information technology. The bumper quality control in Bratislava no longer relies on manual documentation – quality assessment approval by the employee is communicated through gesture control.

Pilot project: using Google Glasses for selection

“To fulfill our innovative role as a system and logistics provider, we are initiating more ideas for optimisation and innovation, says the IT Manager. Since July 2015, as an example, data eyeglasses for picking and sequencing exhaust systems are in operation at the Wolfsburg plant. The critical “Just in Sequence” process will avoid any errors and be significantly accelerated. “This pilot is the beginning of a planned series of innovative projects and will certainly also be used in other areas such as production, CKD and warehousing”, says Dr. Goda. A follow-up project for sub-assembly and the sequencing of roof interior shapes should be in place at the end of 2015.

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