RFID is gaining a strong foothold in the automotive sector. BMW is using the technology to track vehicles that arrive for service at its largest dealership in Germany, and a Ford Motor subsidiary relies on RFID to speed up the production of 150 police cruisers a day at its plant in Detroit.
Now, German auto parts manufacturer Rehau is using RFID to track its work-in-progress at eight facilities around the world to ensure the quality of the automotive bumpers it produces.
According to World Industrial Reporter, Rehau is using RFID to track parts through injection molding, painting and fabrication to record each process completed for every bumper. The company eventually hopes to expand the solution, provided by auto-ID software firm noFilis AutoID, to track shipments of bumpers at all of its facilities.
Rehau is urging its suppliers to begin tagging their own materials prior to shipping them to Rehau’s assembly facilities. The solution includes a Bluhm label applicator and SATO RFID printer-encoder used to attach a UHF RFID Smartrac EPC Gen 2 passive Belt tag – with an NXP Semiconductors Ucode G2iL chip – to the inside face of each bumper.