A real-time shop floor control system: an integrated RFID approach

T. C. Poon, King Lun Tommy Choy, H. C.W. Lau

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In the past, it was difficult to have a clear picture of the present status of production in shop floor. Many enterprises have adopted bar-code-based Shop Floor Control Systems (SFCSs) for monitoring the production status. However, the deficiency of such systems is that immediate situation cannot be reflected easily. As a result, planned production schedules cannot be fulfiled due to frequent job interruptions caused by machine breakdowns or a shortage of materials. In this paper, a Radio Frequency Identification- (RFID-) based Decision Support System (RDSS) is proposed for the shop floor management to keep track of resources, monitor the throughput rate and make instant decisions for problem solving. The proposed system integrates the technologies of RFID and Rule-Based Reasoning (RBR) with production mathematical algorithm to help monitor shop floor operations. Through pilot running of RDSS in the ABC Limited, a significant improvement in terms of shop floor responsiveness was achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-349
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Enterprise Network Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • algorithm
  • decision support
  • mobile technology
  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • RBR
  • RFID
  • Rule-Based Reasoning
  • SFCS
  • Shop Floor Control System

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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