When transferring media – say from paper to IT systems – much data and information can be lost. As a result, the potential for efficiency gains and cost reduction can fall by the wayside. In the case of production processes under high expectations and cost pressures, however, this is unacceptable.
Auto-ID technologies are capable of minimizing such data loss, but in order to achieve this they need to be sufficiently integrated into both the worlds they connect. Currently, three Auto-ID technologies are deployed: barcode (including QR), image recognition and RFID. Each of these systems has its clear strengths: barcode is extremely favorable in terms of costs and easy to implement. Image recognition does not require any additional information. RFID, however, is the only technology that simultaneously permits unique identification, confers the object with memory, and allows bi-directional communication between the object and the IT world (see table).
Local trains are getting longer and longer, while the platforms are not. Naturally, only doors which open onto a platform should be opened. This can be detected by way of RFID. The RFID reader switches on a relay that shows the train operator which doors he or she can open.
Modern machines consist of numerous modules. Executing a PLC program that does not match the current module configuration can cause serious damage to machines. The RFID reader recognizes the modules and communicates with the PLC by means of a function block, thereby ensuring that only authorized programs are executed.
Service calls are expensive, which makes trouble-free processing and sequences all the more important. By way of example, a handheld is used to identify a machine listed for servicing. The service technician is led through the process step by step via an app (implemented via the Ha-VIS Application-Suite). Each step is simultaneously documented and archived in a database.
Today, the receipt of goods should be posted automatically. Using RFID, hundreds of objects can be simultaneously detected and sent directly to the SAP AII module via Ha-VIS Middleware.
Here, HARTING offers the most expedient products worldwide, from transponders through to the software packages, as well as additional consulting and integration services in German-speaking regions – all of which makes for expert Auto-ID integration from a single source.