Individualization challenges the automotive industry. Instead of offering few variations of a vehicle for the mass market, consumers are nowadays able to order individual cars with nearly open ended combinations of color, form and functionality. As a consequence, the complexity within the production of automotive suppliers like Magna increases dramatically. Rather than producing a car in-sequence, several parts like engine, doors and axles need to run through individual manufacturing steps depending on a customer’s order. At the moment, Magna equips those separated components with printed papers carrying the production and the vehicle identification number. Since that approach is sensitive for dirt as well as damage and is furthermore waste of material, 7iD Technologies has been instructed to optimize the production process by developing a paperless, eInk based RFID solution.
In order to provide a fully automated RFID solution, 7iD Technologies developed and installed an RFID system consisting of two RFID points as well as visual passive UHF eInk RFID tags with appropriate battery life time. More about the solution as well as some additional pictures of this RFID application can be found in our RFID application area.