SmaRTI Hardware Design & Test

Returnable Transit Items (RTIs) play a critical role in provisioning robust and efficient means of component (e.g., Work in Progress and finished items) protection and logistics. The research evaluates how a Returnable Transit Item (RTI) can become an integral part of the Industrie 4.0 vision as an intelligent container that can interact with components, machines and other cyber-physical manufacturing services. The implemented system utilises passive Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tags for the identification of metal RTIs via associated plastic separators, whilst a distributed network of RFID portals was integrated within the RTI working environment to capture and characterise their movements. Our research investigated the challenges in developing and deploying a traceability system to automatically monitor Returnable Transit Items (RTI)’s within an automotive manufacturing supply chain, using Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Highlights from the project included; Passively tracks movement of RTIs through strategically placed portals Cloud based infrastructure which doesn’t impact on existing IT infrastructure Analysis and algorithm development to reduce false positive and negative readings

Designed and implemented an UHF RFID Portal traceability system within a major automotive manufacturing and assembly plant

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