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RFID Brings the Spark to SEAT's Vehicle Logistics

Use Cases | By PR RFID & Wireless IoT Global | 19 April 2017
Seat uses RFID technology in the finished car – from the moment in which it is transferred from manufacturing to logistics until its departure from the factory. Seat uses RFID technology in the finished car – from the moment in which it is transferred from manufacturing to logistics until its departure from the factory. Photo: SEAT

Seat focuses on a passive UHF solution for optimised handling processes of finished vehicles in production and logistics

The Spanish car manufacturer uses RFID in almost all handling processes on the premises – whether in business logistics, in production, or in loading processes. The aim of the different RFID applications is to obtain realtime information concerning the movements of the vehicles in order to improve the use of space and resources. Manuel Medina, Seat, speaks with „RFID & Wireless IoT Global“ in detail about areas of application, advantages, and challenges of RFID use.

Manuel Medina, in charge of distribution and logistics of finished vehicles at Seat, in an interview with “RFID & Wireless IoT Global”

Which objects are identified via RFID in which processes in plant logistics and production?

Seat uses RFID technology in the finished car – from the moment at which it is transferred from manufacturing to logistics until its departure from the factory. The vehicles are accepted at the plant logistics where they are provided with an RFID-enabled shipping label. From this moment their movements on the premises are controlled when passing the gates. Furthermore, the vehicles are identified when they are loaded onto the trains and car transporters as well as when leaving the factory. With the production launch of the new Ibiza, a passive RFID tag control system is being introduced in the post-assembly adjustment and quality control processes.

Manuel MedinaManuel Medina “RFID supports vehicle logistics in the early detection of any potential loading errors before the vehicles leave the plant. Even if the number of errors is very small, costs resulting from these errors can be very high, making early detection indispensable.”

This control allows for the car to be automatically traced at each stage until it is released for distribution. The introduction of RFID in this process and for this model leads us to think of extending it soon to all the models made at the Martorell plant. This way, the initial control location using RFID technology would begin one step before the current location, when the car is released for distribution, which would be when the car leaves the assembly line.

Does the company use RFID in other application fields as well?

RFID supports vehicle logistics in the early detection of any potential loading errors before the vehicles leave the plant. Even if the number of errors is very small, costs resulting from these errors can be very high, making early detection indispensable. Seat pushes the use of this technology in the entire logistics chain. For example, a service partner of the company uses RFID for 175,000 Seat vehicles that pass through their vehicle terminal in the Port of Barcelona each year.

What are the benefits of RFID in each process?

The original objective for the implementation of RFID technology was to improve the handling on the premises in order to obtain information in real-time. The implementation makes it possible to be informed about a free parking space without any delay.
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