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RFID-Assisted Grade Changes in a Factory Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132652D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-31

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Gu Lou Dick Wolkowicz Jeff Lindsay


In a manufacturing environment, RFID technology can be used to improve the process of making changes in equipment and materials for a grade change or other change in operation. Such changes are typically made according to a predetermined “recipe” that identifies the various hardware settings and raw materials that are needed for a new grade or product to be made. To help ensure compliance with the recipe and to guide operators in making the proper changes in settings or selection of materials and equipment, an RFID system can be used that includes RFID tags associated with hardware units and raw materials, RFID readers used by operators, and a software system linked to the RFID readers that identifies what changes need to be made for the materials or equipment associated with a particular tag. The system can verify that the changes have been made and assist operators in identifying and completing the tasks needed to complete a change in manufacturing.