Work In Progress (WIP) Management
in Progress (WIP) Management involves tracking the time it takes
for a product to move through the assembly or production process,
including all stops along the way, as well as other management operations
during the process.
RFID data can enable managers to identify "bottlenecks"
and inefficiencies in production, by showing how long products remain
in production or finishing areas along the way. Managers can also
allocate personnel based on RFID data. If extra workers are needed
in a certain operation, managers can precisely time the necessary
labor increases based on where a product is in the process.
Provide instantaneous feedback to managers and customers as to
the progress of a particular order or item through the production
process, and allow highly personalized production. For example,
a boat manufacturer can use RFID information to report to the customer
where the boat is in production, project a delivery date, and also
allow the customer to specify options and add-ons that can be accomodated
during the production process.
RFID data can also allow for "just in time" delivery
of materials used in the manufacturing process. If managers know
a batch of materials are needed at a certain point in the assembly
line, they can use RFID data to arrange for delivery at exactly
the right time, eliminating inefficiencies in warehousing and handling