RFID Systems in Glass Products Manufacturing

Across Canada and the U.S., glass manufacturers go through these four main steps of production:

  1. Raw materials-sand, soda ash, limestone and other ingredients
  2. Batching-raw materials are stored in silos to be measured and delivered to batch mixers. Raw materials are processed according to stringent qualifications.
  3. Melting-Furnaces are heated to approximately 1500℃. The timeline for raw materials to be converted into molten glass takes 24 hours for a batch. Correct temperature is extremely important to deliver a finished product.
  4. Blow process- used to create narrow neck containers, compressed air is forced into a molten gob to create an open cavity before being transferred to the second moulding stage. The Press Blow method is used for the creation of jars and tapered narrow neck containers. A metal plunger is used to impress a cavity into the gob in a blank mould before compressed air is forced to form the shape of the container.
  5. The glass product industry entails pressing, remelting, blowing and shaping purchased glass.

From this process, many materials are made from these glass products including:

  • Canning and bottling
  • Glass furniture
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Automotive glass
  • Glass doors
  • Ophthalmic glass
  • Optical glass
  • Optical fibres
  • Safety glass
  • Bullet resistant glass
  • Stained glass
  • Scientific glass
  • Glassware
  • Insulating glass
  • Laminated glass

At GAO, our RFID Systems provide a complete solution for the glass product manufacturing industry, helping to improve processes such as:

  • Asset management
  • Production tracking
  • Inventory control
  • Shipping and receiving

    Using GAO RFID Systems in the Glass Products Manufacturing Industry

    Asset Management

    RFID Tags can be attached to glass production equipment and fixed assets including the following: pallets, vehicles, tools, tractor trailers and equipment. RFID Fixed Position Readers placed at strategic locations within a facility can track the movement and location of tagged assets with 100 percent accuracy.

    Workers can eliminate wasted time trying to locate missing tools. Manufacturers can easily locate orders that need to be fulfilled without incurring additional labour time. Pallets embedded with RFID tags can automatically be read at dock doors before being shipped. Container information can automatically be updated wirelessly for shipping manifests. All of these improvements to the plant floor adds up to major benefits for manufacturers.

    Inventory Control

    Rugged RFID Tags can be read by RFID Readers without requiring a line of sight unlike barcode scanners. Get real time accurate monitoring of raw materials, eliminate high labour costs trying to track down missing shipments, and even track inventory coming and going from a plant’s property. Fixed position readers can notify workers via a smartphone or notebook computer of a specific item’s location and ID number.

    Security and Safety

    Readers situated around a facility can track inventory for security purposes, alarms can be programmed to go off if inventory is moved without prior consent. RFID Tagging of equipment reduces theft of consumer goods. In addition, RFID Tags can be used as a way to control access to specialized machinery. With RFID Badges given to employees and RFID Readers affixed to specialized equipment, the readers only allow access to the machine when an employee with the proper authorization uses their badge. This ensures that only trained employees can operate the machine, keeping your shop floor safe.

    Shipping & Receiving

    Automate the shipment and tracking of pallets with RFID tags. Readings can display shipping manifests that can later be printed in a document for cloud purposes or as a label on the item itself. Coordinate between the control center of your manufacturing plant and our RFID Asset Tracking System. Eliminate the hours of manual work tracking down physical shipments and ensure your products arrive securely to their intended destinations.

    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