In 2015 Infinity developed, in co-operation with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hardware provider SICK, a system solution for providing sequence delivery data on electronically readable and rewritable tags.
The project introduced a SICK manufactured RFID Kit to the component supplier’s assembly line delivering to the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, one of the busiest automotive manufacturer assembly lines in the UK.
Set-up for the RFID capabilities included hardware devices on the production line and software addition to the supplier’s existing Production System from Infinity.
RFID tags were attached to the stillages used for delivering components in the correct sequence order at the specified time and to the right place on the automotive manufacturer’s assembly line.
A read/write device and photocell, which when broken activate the read/write device, were both installed to the supplier assembly line. Infinity provided a custom protocol for integrating SICK RFID KIT to the Production System and a feature for storing backup data.
The transport and moving stillage around the facilities is tough for paper labels or tags used for identification and providing sequence data on an assembly line. Enduring dirt and every day wear better than paper labels and stillage sheets, RFID tags are used increasingly by manufacturers to provide reliable identification and to transfer sequence data on the shop floor.
The RFID device and software market has been expanding and IDTechEx 2016 report a predicted further 30% growth over the five years starting from 2015. Infinity’s Production Systems are in a good position to respond to the component suppliers’ growing demands for RFID capabilities. Proven track record for handling sequence data and delivering reliable solutions for system integration is a good base to build RFID capabilities.