RFID technology can be applied during the different phases of a product realization, material handling, packaging, but also during the disassembly. Recently, environmental issues have posed certain challenges in a way that products are being handled after the end of their lifecycle. Nowadays, the products are being designed for assembly but also for a disassembly. Whatever the selected strategy for products or parts of products is at the end of their life cycle, it is necessary to design an appropriate production system as well as a disassembly system. Reflection about the final stages in a product overall lifecycle early in the process has enabled focus on a sustainable design. In this paper, one such system is going to be described. Managing of product related data and product identification could be more efficient if some new technologies are used. One of them is the use In-mould labeling (IML) technology. The molded plastic items are being labeled before they are formed by different kinds of robots or manipulators. Labels are caught into the mould of plastic injection molding machines (IMM). Our intention is to present an automated system that enables tracking of product throughout the different stages of its lifecycle. Writing and updating information about the states of the IML robot and its basic robot components (e.g. cylinders), on the RFID tag and in database, could be done only by an authorized user. The user can get the information about the momentary status of a particular product or part during different phases during the life cycle. Information placed in the database about a product can describe the components that can be used for spare parts, information about the services (dates and descriptions), number of working cycles, etc. Such information can be used for product or part tracking for preventive maintenance.
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RFID Product and Part Tracking for the Preventive Maintenance
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Ostojic, G, Jovanovic, V, Stankovski, S, & Lazarevic, M. "RFID Product and Part Tracking for the Preventive Maintenance." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference. ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 1. West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. October 4–7, 2009. pp. 231-236. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2009-84122
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