Development of a framework for an RFID-based manufacturing process automation system

Wing Bun Lee, Chi Fai Cheung, S.K. Kwok, Y.L. Chan, Chun Chung Chan, H.K.N. Leung

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The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in manufacturing process automation is becoming increasingly popular in various industries. However, the integration of RFID with various manufacturing systems is still a challenge. This paper presents the development of a framework for an RFID-based manufacturing process automation system (MPAS) for use in manufacturing industries. The MPAS is characterised by its ability to capture and harness real-time production and process data of semi-finished products and components during the manufacturing and assembly processes. It supports rapid logistics decision-making for the re-allocation of production resources and rectification of bottleneck problems to meet tight delivery schedules. A prototype system has been built and the potential benefit of the system has been realised through a series of implementations in selected reference sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalInternational journal of logistics economics and globalisation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Manufacturing process automation
  • Radio frequency identification
  • RFID
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • KBS
  • Logistics
  • Work-in-progress
  • WIP
  • Inventory management
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource reallocation
  • Bottlenecks

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