Dow Corning Testing RFID Tag To Monitor Work-in-Process

March 5, 2007
Objective is to determine ROI on RFID tags.

At its Auburn, Mich. manufacturing plant, Dow Corning will be piloting the Tag Acquisition Processor (TAP) made by Chelmsford, Mass.-based Reva Systems to monitor work-in-process.

The pilot will involve a collection of Symbol Technologies' DC600 Portal Systems, XR440 fixed RFID readers and MC9090 handheld readers deployed to cover strategic points and process steps in Dow's Auburn manufacturing operations. The RFID equipment and related devices, including printers and sensors in the process flow, will be controlled and coordinated as a system by TAP, which will then pass clean RFID tag data to Dow Corning's shop floor and ERP systems.

The intent of the trial is to demonstrate an internal return on investment (ROI) and the viability of using UHF passive RFID tags in Dow Corning's demanding manufacturing environment. "Dow Corning is investing in RFID through pilots to prove it is a viable technology and will provide value for our supply chains and businesses," said Gene Sumption, Dow Corning's manufacturing systems manager.

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