Automatically tracking the smallest parts makes a big impact on manufacturing

Plexus helps imagine, develop, and build products for global companies. Their model requires managing high quantities of goods and assets (work-in-process, trolleys, finished goods, process jigs, and other fixtures) during the manufacturing process. RAIN RFID from Impinj helps the Plexus Seaside manufacturing facility eliminate manual searching and scanning, and automate the tracking of each individual moving part or piece throughout each process.

  • 100% accuracy of customer shipments
  • 97% decrease in time spent searching for products
  • 95% savings of time over manual scanning processes in production lines
  • 92% decrease in time needed for re-palletizing of high-mix, low-volume products.

Plexus Builds Products for the Future

Since 1979, Plexus has partnered with industry leading companies, in the areas of Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial, Aerospace/Defense and Communications, to help create the products that build a better world. With over 19,000 employees dedicated to providing global design and development, supply chain solutions, new product introduction, manufacturing, and aftermarket services, Plexus is a global manufacturing and engineering services provider that specializes in serving customers in industries with highly complex products and demanding regulatory environments.


 

Real-time data and improved reporting drive streamlined production

Building a product from start to finish requires attention to each step in the production process. After finding that manual tracking was both inefficient and caused data collection delays, Plexus Seaside implemented a tracking system built on the Impinj platform to automate the monitoring of goods throughout their development.

  • Tags with Impinj Monza R6 chips are attached to each item.
  • A combination of Impinj gateways and readers track each item throughout the production process
  • Plexus developed an application to integrate with their enterprise systems and deliver real-time data to the shop floor
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Plexus increases manufacturing efficiency, optimizes production

  • Real-time inventory monitoring leads to more efficient parts stocking
    Real-time monitoring of Plexus’ production inventory and assets allows the company to maintain accurate stock levels at all times and assess the effectiveness of production lines. They have increased their production efficiency, ensuring that the right parts are available when they are needed. Plexus has also achieved more efficient first-in, first-out control in their high-mix, mid to low-volume products.
  • Reduced manual scanning and tracking throughout production process
    Automating tasks such as shipping, receiving, and transferring of goods has driven efficiencies and substantial time savings. Plexus has seen a 97% time saving when searching for products (both finished goods and work-in-process) and 95% time saving by replacing all manual scanning processes in the production line.
  • Streamlined shipping and operations
    After rolling out the RAIN RFID system in their plant, Plexus saw an improvement in operations on the floor. With their new increased visibility, staff engineers have both a better understanding of the activities on the manufacturing floor and the data needed to make informed decisions about the future of a single component. In addition, they’ve saved 30% space in their warehouse and have achieved 100% shipment accuracy.

Real-time inventory monitoring helped lead to more efficient parts stocking and allowed Plexus to reach 100% accuracy on customer shipments.

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) helps businesses and people analyze, optimize, and innovate by wirelessly connecting billions of everyday things—such as apparel, automobile parts, luggage, and shipments—to the Internet. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely data about these everyday things to business and consumer applications, enabling a boundless Internet of Things.

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