Enabling the deployment of RFID in the Automotive Supply Chain

Auto-Id technologies provide a reliable means to identify and track items as they move through the supply chain, providing the visibility that all professional practitioners seek. While some automotive manufacturers investigate and test the capabilities of other technologies, RFID still tops the list as the favoured technology, assisted by a considerable decrease in the cost of the associated hardware over the past decade.

But effective and rapid implementation of RFID throughout the automotive supply chain depends entirely on the availability of technical standards and best practice recommendations.

Odette has therefore brought together a group of auto-ID experts from European OEMs, Tier1s and technology providers to develop standards and describe the optimum technical infrastructure for the implementation of RFID.

Since the project kicked off in February 2020, the workgroup has come together regularly in a concerted attempt to avoid multiple heterogeneous implementations of RFID across the industry.
After listing the potential problems and issues, which have arisen during the implementation of the technology, the group has moved on to identify and prioritise existing and potential use cases for the identification and tracking of:

  • returnable transport items
  • handling units
  • part/components
  • material handling equipment
  • finished vehicles

There is still much to do, however, so if you are a member of an Odette National Organisation and wish to assist in facilitating the deployment of RFID in the automotive supply chain, please contact info@odette.org

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