An RFID application in large job shop remanufacturing operations

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Ferrer, Geraldo
Heath, Susan K.
Dew, Nicholas
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RFID
RTLS
Remanufacturing
Process improvement
Maintenance systems
Discrete-event simulation
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2011
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In this study, we evaluate the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for improving remanufacturing efficiency. We report the results of discrete-event simulation model that analyzes how RFID creates value within the remanufacturing operation. We find that the simulated gains from using RFID are quite modest, and propose alternative justifications for the major benefits seen in practice. We then provide a framework for deciding on the adoption of active RFID technology such as real-time location system (RTLS) for easy identification of components in the remanufacturing process and the adoption of passive RFID for permanently tagging components of remanufacturable products.
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The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.05.006
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The authors wish to acknowledge two anonymous referees for providing numerous suggestions that greatly improved this study. We are thankful to the Retired Rear Admiral Jim Greene, the Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Chair, and to Prof. Keith Snider, director of the Acquisitions Research Program, for securing the necessary research funds to support this work.
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Int. J. Production Economics, Volume 133, (2011), pp. 612-621
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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