Real-Time Inventory Tracking
WhereNet's WhereCall/Fast Gate RFID Systems
As companies implement lean manufacturing processes, it's important to have real-time information. Knowing what you've got and where it is at any given time in the supply chain should be straightforward. Multiply that simple task by an enormous business with tens of thousands of items, such as Ford Motor Co., and knowing what you have—and where—becomes staggeringly complex.
Ford's manufacturing operations depend upon having the correct amount and type of production line-side inventory on hand at all times. Lacking adequate visibility into the location of containers, the company faced challenges of excess line-side freight, lost production capacity and inventory obsolescence.
To meet these challenges, Ford adopted an active radio frequency identification (RFID) real-time locating system, which has been implemented in almost all of its North American and European plants. The system, from WhereNet Corp. of Santa Clara, California, is driven by wireless tags, fixed-position antennas and Web-enabled software.