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For Pepperl+Fuchs, RFID is a Building Block of the Smart Factory

Articles | By Pepperl+Fuchs | 03 November 2017
With its multi-tag reading of more than 200 transponders, the Pepperl+Fuchs F192 is ideal for standard logistics applications. With its multi-tag reading of more than 200 transponders, the Pepperl+Fuchs F192 is ideal for standard logistics applications. Photo: Pepperl+Fuchs

Use of RFID increases competitiveness of manufacturing processes

When the smart factory, Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things are discussed, RFID always comes up. Why is this and is it justified? The goal of the smart factory, Industry 4.0 or the US counterpart, the Internet of Things, is a further increase in productivity in industrial production and logistics. Many approaches are currently being followed. This development will not simply lead to a single ideal solution in future. Rather, a larger number of technologies and measures will arise, taking productivity to another level in terms of various aspects.

By Dr. Klaus Schmitt, Product Manager RFID, Business Unit Systeme, Pepperl+Fuchs

One such aspect is flexibility in the use of automation solutions. Producers increasingly want system solutions that quickly and easily adapt to production changes. This applies both to the actual production as well as the provision of materials and logistics for intermediate and end products. The adaptation of production capacities though flexible system expansion should also be taken into account. This is driven by the expectations of the customer. This calls for an expansion of the delivery range and the production of smaller batches. In addition, the customer expects a quick delivery of the ordered components as well as a short turnaround time to market for new developments.

In order to achieve this flexibility, the individual components of a production plant, as well as the workpiece itself, must become smarter. This makes it possible to design processes to be decentralized, thus driving as much intelligence as possible into the actual manufacturing process. The individual component provides information that is converted into a production step by the processing machine. This is logged in the RFID tag so that the added information is also available in the next step. RFID is the only available transmission technology that enables the product ID to be both read and also written. It is therefore a sensory key to Industry 4.0.

At the lower level of production, RFID can significantly contribute to reducing costs, improving quality, and above all securing transparency in the automated production of variant products. RFID is the only economically viable technology for constantly reading and writing data in a single cost-efficient process.

In order to make the necessary adjustments to production, besides the appropriate overall concept, innovative RFID products that offer flexibility, possible worldwide use and perfect read/write properties must be used. With the IDENTControl system from Pepperl+Fuchs, an excellent piece of technology is available that combines all these requirements.

This article was published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your copy for free today and continue reading on page 92.

Last modified on Friday, 03 November 2017 09:12
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