INSERTAG - DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM OF PARTS IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
This project arises as a consequence of the IDENTAG project, the result of which is the design of an identification element based on radio frequency, so that it can be inserted or attached to pieces of board or composite materials of wood fibers, paper, cardboard, plaster, etc. plastic, etc., small and cheap enough that the cost of individual identification of low-value parts is affordable.
For some years now, the identification of flat pieces of board has been carried out in the header process (cutting the board) using adhesive labels with a bar code that are stuck on the surface of the piece. This system has two major unsolved problems to date: on the one hand, the label must be removed when the parts have to be varnished or pre-assembly or assembly is carried out; on the other hand, and since these pieces are stacked one on top of the other to save space, only the label of the first piece is visible, all of which must be moved to identify the rest. The labeling that is carried out also does not allow automating the set-up of the machines due to the difficulty of reading the label since it is not always positioned correctly, or it sticks from the bottom, or rubbing with other parts partially erases the code.
For this reason, the INSERTAG project pursues the design and development of a system for inserting RFID tags of very small size in a non-visible place of the pieces so that they do not alter their aesthetics (for example, inserted in the body of the piece, or glued to the edge that is then covered) and also this operation must be carried out automatically at the speed of the process. In addition to the design of the inserter, the tag reading application to be used must be developed to achieve maximum system efficiency.
The general objective of the project is to design and develop a system for inserting radio frequency labels on board pieces and similar materials, at process speed, and the necessary software applications so that the location of each of the individual pieces can be identified. in the manufacturing plant.
The following are the specific objectives:
- Design and develop a device that inserts RFID tags of reduced size in a non-visible place on the board pieces or similar, so that it does not alter their aesthetics. Insertion should be done automatically at process speed.
- Design and develop the application for reading and identifying the tags previously developed, so that it supports multiple simultaneous readings, that is capable of coordinating information flows, that can identify the location of each piece, that the label itself can be used as roadmap for adjusting process machines based on each individual part (process automation) and also updating the inventory of products in process of manufacture in real time.
The result of the project, in addition to identifying each part and its location, will facilitate Product-Machine communication, so that the tags themselves can inform each machine about the adjustments that must be made for each of the individual parts of a launch. Obviously, this will be possible as long as the process supports the automation of its settings.