Asset Tracking Improves Manufacturing Production

The Climate, Controls, and Security division of United Technologies Corp. discovered the benefits of using RAIN RFID technology to automatically track product components during manufacturing and shipping. After implementing a solution built on the Impinj platform at their 900,000 square-foot Carrier plant, UTC saw:

  • 30% increase in productivity
  • 80-90% reduction in shipping errors
  • Improved manufacturing safety

United Technologies Corp. Profile 

United Technologies Corp. Climate, Controls & Security (CCS) division provides advanced commercial and technical solutions for greener, safer buildings, including air-conditioning, and building control systems.

With over 1,300 workers at the CCS plant and over 197,000 employees company-wide, they are a major American manufacturer with sales that span the globe.


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CCS boost manufacturing productivity with RAIN RFID

United Technologies Corporation’s Climate, Controls & Security division moves quickly at their Collierville, Tennessee plant, where a new unit is typically shipped every five seconds. With such a high volume of goods, even a minute delay or mistake can have serious impacts on the speed of production. Traditional methods, including scanning barcodes and manual checks, were prone to errors that inevitably affected productivity.

In 2007, the CCS division first started looking at a RAIN RFID solution to eliminate these mistakes. In 2010, as RAIN RFID became more fiscally accessible, the company implemented the dock doors solution we see at their Collierville plant today. Enabled by the Impinj platform, whose Speedway readers were chosen for their stellar performance and flexible configuration, this RAIN RFID solution automates parts-tracking and improves efficiency. Here's how it works:

  • Components are tagged with RAIN RFID tag chips, including Impinj Monza 5 chips, to create endpoints that carry unique item information 
  • Impinj Speedway readers, installed at each of the plants assembly lines collect tag information for automatic part-verification
  • Impinj Speedway readers, mounted on dock doors, read forklift tags as well as the product tags, and send the information to the driver, who can view and verify contents on a tablet

Manufacturing verification reduces errors, and improves productivity   

  • Automatic asset tracking increases plant productivity
    With automatic verification from a RAIN RFID solution, employees can ensure mistakes are not being made along the assembly line. By removing the potential for little delays due to incorrect pieces, CCS has vastly increased their productivity, as well as assured the quality and functionality of their products.
  • Reducing hazards with automatic verification and tracking
    Prior to the RAIN RFID implementation, the plant required a manual check of item shipments, which put people in the way of forklifts and other heavy machinery. To keep workers safe in high-traffic areas, like by dock doors, the Impinj platform automatically collects important pallet and item information for drivers, allowing workers to safely ensure products are being shipped correctly.

It was extremely important that an [RFID] solution we chose be reliable enough so that even a five-second delay would not occur

- Balaji Suresh, Materials Manager at CCS

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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