RFID opportunity analysis for leaner manufacturing.

TitleRFID opportunity analysis for leaner manufacturing.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBrintrup, A., D. C. Ranasinghe, and D. McFarlane
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Pagination2745 - 2764
KeywordsCOMPUTERS in industrial management, COST effectiveness, DECISION making, ELECTRONIC data processing – Data entry, GROUNDED theory, INDUSTRIAL efficiency, INDUSTRIAL management, LEAN manufacturing, OPERATIONS research, OPPORTUNITY, PROCESS control, RADIO frequency identification systems, RFID, WORK in process, automated data capture, decision support systems, lean, seven wastes, visibility

Although RFID is seen by many as a revolutionary enabler of automated data capture, confusion still remains as to how manufacturing organisations can identify cost-effective opportunities for its use. Managers view promotional business case estimates as unjustified, simulation based analysis and analytical models as secondary modes of analysis, and case studies are scarce. Further, there is a lack of simple tools to understand how RFID can help to achieve a leaner manufacturing environment, after the use of which practitioners can be routed to grounded forms of analysis. The purpose of this paper is to provide and test such a toolset, which uses the seven Toyota Production System wastes as a template. In our approach, RFID technology is viewed as a vehicle to achieve leaner manufacturing through automated data collection, assurance of data dependencies, and improvements in production and inventory visibility. The toolset is tested on case examples from two push-based, multi-national f