Aly M Owida
Evaluating the Impact of Introducing RFID Technology in Manufacturing Systems Using Simulation
radio frequency identification (rfid) technology has significant impact on product tracking identification in manufacturing systems. most of the business cases that implement the rfid technology in their operations have achieved various benefits. rfid technology can reduce the operating errs that affect the efficiency of the operations which results in improving different perfmance measures such as cycle time, throughput, wk-in-process, resources utilization, average waiting time in queues. in addition, several benefits such as improved items moniting, lower lead times, better inventy control can be achieved by introducing rfid technology. recent developments in rfid technology other suppting technologies have created opptunities f real-time traceability better visibility in shop flo operations. this wk investigates the effectiveness of introducing rfid technology in tracking identification processes f products flow in a job shop manufacturing facility. a leading furniture manufacturer in egypt has been ed as a case study. the manufacturer produces a large number of customized furniture products. errs in tracking identification usually occur due to the large number of products present on the shop flo. introduction of radio frequency identification technology at different stages of manufacturing is proposed to overcome these errs. different simulation models have been developed f the post-assembly processes in the facility. these models have been developed with an intent to capture all the features that characterize a real furniture manufacturing facility. simulation is used to assess the impact of introducing the rfid technology on a number of perfmance measures. analysis comparison of simulation results f the base proposed models show that rfid implementation can improve the overall perfmance of the facility.