Europe News: Savi to track Land Rover parts between and suppliers and assembly plant

Europe News:  Savi to track Land Rover parts between and suppliers and assembly plant

Savi and Ford’s Land Rover division have launched a pilot program to deploy an active RFID solution that better synchronises the delivery of auto parts from multiple suppliers to Land Rover’s key assembly plant in the West Midlands (UK).

Savi is supplying RFID hardware and software to enhance visibility, inventory management, and asset utilisation, and to reduce losses, assembly plant disruptions, and time spent locating assembly parts.

Phase 2 of this pilot enables eighteen suppliers and Land Rover to better locate, track, and deliver stillages (specialised steel conveyances) that carry bumpers, front grills, suspension parts, moon roofs, and vehicle bodies, among other parts.

Real-time information on RFID-tagged assets is shared among the partners and is automatically transmitted to cell phones, PDAs and web-based tracking software. Exception alerts are transmitted to designated users when stillages fail to arrive when and where they are expected.

“On-time, precision delivery of components is integral to our plant’s efficiency because disruptions in the supply chain can slow or even halt vehicle assembly,” pointed out Jonty Cook, Land Rover’s head of inbound logistics.

Sponsored by the University of Warwick, the RFID project is funded by US$1.2 million of the UK central government’s US$64 million Premiere Automotive Research & Development (PARD) grant. The PARD program, launched in 2004, is intended to increase the competitiveness of the West Midlands automotive industry, which represents 60% of the UK’s car manufacturing base.

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