RFID Handheld Readers Manufacturing Division (FA #3) Kim Osborn Han Yang Nav Gill
What is RFID?
RFID stands for Radio-Frequency IDentification . The acronym refers to small electronic devices that consist of a small chip and an antenna.
The chip typically is capable of carrying 2,000 bytes of data or less
The RFID device serves the same purpose as a bar code or a magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or ATM card; it provides a unique identifier for that object. And, just as a bar code or magnetic strip must be scanned to get the information, the RFID device must be scanned to retrieve the identifying information.
Impact on Manufacturing
RFID information can be used to ensure that the correct labor, machine, tooling, and components are available and ready to use at each processing step, thereby eliminating paperwork, and reducing downtime
By tagging raw materials with detailed specification information, alerts could be automatically triggered at mixing operations if an incorrect formulation is imminent. This can help reduce scrap rates and increase the degree of reliability and quality in processing
By combining RFID with existing manufacturing information systems such as ERP, a much more potent information supply can be created that can drive production efficiencies, asset utilization, quality and other production measures to much higher levels.
Impact on petGRO
Increases in productivity
Frees up labor and directs more focus towards value adding tasks
Increases in revenue
Reduce stockouts because of greater inventory visibility
Shorter cash to cash cycle
RFID Readers Motorola VS Intermec
Motorola MC9090-G Handheld RFID Reader
Approximate Initial Cost: $35,000
Implementation Time Span: 12 Months
Training Expenditures: $20,000
*Projected Savings: $330,000
* Based on 5 year span
Intermec IP4 Portable RFID Reader
Approximate Initial Cost: $25,000
Implementation Time Span: 6
Training Expenditures: $20,000
*Projected Savings: $425,000
Based on 5 year span
Proven communication leader
Large display provides exceptional clarity and contrast for easy reading in a wide variety of lighting conditions
Bluetooth adds to productivity, enabling wireless synchronization, printing and more
Motorola technical support
Supports simple to complex multimedia applications
rugged construction delivers an extraordinarily low total cost of ownership through reduced repair and downtime costs
Higher initial costs
Longer implementation period
Lower long run savings
Over 40 years of experience in data collection automation
Over 10 years of experience in RFID solutions and services
Established relationship with SAP
Strategic Alliance with Metro Group
Nestle is a brand partner of Metro Group
Integrated circular polarized antenna reads tags in any orientation
Longer battery life than MC9090-G
Easy to use interface and functionality
Less communications experience compared with Motorola
Less experienced in RFID technologies
Intermec has more experience within the European markets because of alliance with Metro Group opposed to North American experience
Training costs and Total Ownership Costs are higher compared to Motorola
Considering all the data, we are confident Intermec is the most suitable provider for the RFID handheld reader
Offers highest ROI figures
Projected savings are higher, allowing petGRO further investment opportunities
Established strategic alliance with Metro Group which is partners with Nestle.
Time is money and Intermec provides a shorter implementation period
Given the competitive environment petGRO is operating in, RFID provides us with an opportunity to remain competitive and further gain a competitive advantage by integrating our best practices with RFID technologies.
RFID is the future and petGRO should catch this rising trend as an early adopter.