The lighting component industry across Canada and the U.S. is responsible for illuminating homes, offices, movie sets and all commercial and industrial properties. Lighting components include the everyday light bulb, LED bulbs, lighting accessories and portable lights.
The trend in the lighting industry is towards more energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting. Global Industry Analyst’s Inc. (GIA) estimated the lighting fixture industry to reach US$94 billion back in 2010. The largest manufacturing market for the lighting and fixture industry is now China, they have an 83% percent share of the global market. The latest global report from GIA for the LED lighting & luminaires is forecast to reach US$93.5 billion by 2020.
The lighting and component manufacturing industry is driven by the rise in construction especially in China and S.E. Asia. Large scale infrastructure development and the expanding middle class of the most populous nation in the world are key drivers in this industry. Rapid urbanization has resulted in the growing middle classes desire for high quality lighting fixtures.
Currently the most well-known lighting manufacturers and component suppliers include Acuity Brands, Advanced Lighting Technologies, Catalina Lighting, Cooper Lighting, Columbia Lighting, GE Lighting Systems, Hubbell Lighting, JJI Lighting Group, Juno Lighting, Koito Manufacturing Company and Universal Lighting Technologies.
The electrical signage industry comprises the following: commercial, quick sign, full service, and corporate/government signage departments.
GAO RFID has numerous Systems for the electrical signage, lighting and component manufacturing industry that help to make processes more efficient and secure:
- Tracking lighting equipment
- Tracing inventory
- Controlling Access to zones and machinery
- Tracking Personnel
Using RFID Systems in the Lighting & Component Manufacturing Industry
Inventory and Pallet Tracking
Manufacturers of lighting components can employ our RFID Asset Tracking System to track the movement of pallets loaded with raw materials to be shipped to small and full service shops. Automating the export of goods by using reusable tags for raw materials can be integrated with a company’s existing ERP navigation system.
Full service shops employ staff sizes from 5 to 50 people. The electrical sign industry goes beyond simply manufacturing they also include routine maintenance and repair services. Signage shops get their raw materials from wholesalers and suppliers that are turned into fabricated finished signs. Fabrication shops can purchase any size and type of shape to be sold for any kind of job. Individual shops vary in the complexity of the final product produced for their clients’ requirements. Small service shops with staff sizes of just five workers can benefit from RFID tagging of all completed signs for sale. Using RFID Tags, all shipping pallets can be tagged with the inventory’s specific information and tracked as it leaves the plant, moves into distribution, and finally arrives at the customer site.
Industrial grade machinery used to manufacture the raw materials for distribution to commercial electrical signage and lighting components can be tagged with rugged RFID tags. The equipment can then be monitored for status and location. In addition, plant managers can record and track each machine’s maintenance history to ensure service is routinely completed. Alerts can be set to notify decision makers when service is due so that maintenance is not missed. This ensures the efficient operation of all manufacturing equipment and an increased uptime for your plant
Whether it is your personnel travelling through different zones of the plant or transportation trucks entering designated areas of a manufacturing plant, our RFID Access Control System is the solution for automating access throughout the premises. Every employee can have an RFID Badge while all vehicles can have RFID Vehicle Tags affixed to their windshields. Once employees or vehicles approach doors or gates, RFID Readers authenticate the tags and grant access to only those who are authorized. This system means your gates and doors no longer need to be manned, and every user can access areas hands-free.
Integrating our RFID Systems with your Existing Management Software
GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.
At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine which incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. Our AUTO-ID Engine seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.
Our team of seasoned professionals will smoothly integrate the appropriate GAO RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your management system.
Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems can be configured for your organization.