Applying RFID to Heavy Duty Machinery Manufacturing

The heavy duty manufacturing industry in Canada and the U.S. designs machines for the following major industries: Mining, Hydro, Pulp & Paper, Energy and industrial use. The demand for machine tools is most apparent in economic superpowers for instance China. The forecast for machine tools is predicted to increase 9.2 percent per annum to ¥600 billion in 2017. The fastest areas of growth are in the transportation, electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing sectors. China is one of the fastest growing markets in the Heavy Duty Machine industry.

Europe has dominated the heavy duty machine tool industry for the longest time. The European Association of the Machine Tool Industries is the CECIMO, this organization is representative of 15 national Associations of Machine Tool Builder’s, representative of 1500 industrial entities across Europe. The CECIMO covers more than 97 percent of total machine tool production in Europe. The annual turnover of €22 billion back in 2012 accounted for the employment of 150,000 employees. This industry can benefit from RFID technology in a myriad of ways.

Being a global industry CECIMO machine tools are exported abroad. GAO RFID technology can play a major part in the logistical operations of shipping & receiving. Developing nations and the investment of China in the continent of Africa for building infrastructure in many sub-saharan African nations is a major boom for this industry. The heavy duty machine tool industry is capital intensive influenced by global trends. The utilization of RFID technology is another method of securing this multi-billion annual investment sector. The European machine tool industry is currently competing with China as a world player.

Heavy duty machine tools include the following:

  • Articulated Truck
  • Backhoe Loader
  • Excavator
  • Motor Grader
  • Wheel Loader
  • Dozer
  • Skid Steer
  • Rock Drill
  • Crusher
  • Telehandler
  • Boom Lift
  • Water Truck
  • Hammer/Breaker

    Applying RFID Technology to the Heavy Duty Machinery Manufacturing Industry

    The global machine tool industry is being led by emerging markets like China and India. Suppliers of CNC machines and cutting tools are in great demand and will continue to be of worldwide importance in a number of sectors. Due to this continuous need for heavy duty machinery, manufacturers are continuously looking for ways to improve their operations. RFID technology may be able to help in the following ways:

    Machine Tool Manufacturing

    Today’s tools are no longer handmade; CNC programmable systems working in unison with CAD software programs manufacture tools from the raw material phase to the final product. CNC machines turn out final products with plus/minus tolerance levels of 0.0001 percent. Guaranteeing a part is processed with the correct tool is verifiable with RFID Tags that can be easily attached to a tool carrier. Engineering machine tool terminology refers to the tool carrier and tool as “married” to form a unit. The CNC program and the installed tool can use the RFID data verification process to prevent excess scrap processed from the raw material left over after the manufacturing process. Embedded RFID tags can be integrated with our RFID Asset Tracking System to ensure 100% visibility of the manufacturing process.

    Transparency of Inventory

    Increased productivity and the identification of machine tools with the application of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) using long range UHF tags that can be read at a distance is just one of the many solutions offered by GAO RFID. Personnel never need to search for another tool again. Exploring how RFID can help would be beneficial.

    Equipment Maintenance

    CNC and lathe machines outfitted with embedded rugged RFID Tags can be read by RFID Readers that provide data on machine lifespans and warranties. This possibility can be explored so that machines that require servicing are monitored and required servicing dates and alerted to plant managers. This provides a proactive way to continuously keep expensive, mission critical equipment running optimally.

    Access Control

    Machine tool manufacturing plants can add an increased level of security by administering UHF long range badges to personnel, only authorized persons will have access to company confidential information. GAO RFID can explore employing the same methods at security gates for vehicle admittance for the premises of heavy duty machine manufacturing sites. For both personnel and vehicles, our RFID Access Control System logs access activity each time a door is opened or a zone is accessed. This log identifies the user or vehicle that gained access, along with access and departure times. This may be able to provide plant managers with a clear view on how the plant is being accessed throughout the day.

    Integrating our RFID Systems with your Existing Management Software

    Once developed, 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

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