Barcode and RFID in Manufacturing

Simply put, the core principle of lean manufacturing is the systematic elimination of waste in the manufacturing process. In one way or another all manufacturers are looking to drive waste out of their operation and in doing so increase efficiency. So how does barcode and RFID technologies help take waste out of your operation?

Mistake Proofing Your Operation

Minimizing mistakes is the singular most important way to driving waste out of your operations and automation is the best way to mistake proof a process.


Mistake proofing, or the Japanese equivalent poka-yoke (pronounced PO-ka yo-KAY), is the use of any automatic device or method that either a) makes it impossible for an error to occur or b) makes the error immediately obvious once it has occurred.

A simple, yet effective poka-yoke mechanism used everyday, is the red, squiggly line that appears underneath a miss spelled word.

Barcode and RFID automate processes, when done manually can result in mistakes.

Case Study - Mistake Proofing QC Ensures Good Parts to Honda

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Check out our case study to see how we helped a Tier 1 automotive manufacturer supplying to Honda mistake-proof a QC operation with a poka-yoke mechanism.

NVAT (Non-Value-Adding Tasks)

NVAT activities include: time spent handwriting log sheets and forms, time spent collecting, translating and key entering data from handwritten logs, time spent searching for inventory, tools, and equipment, and time spent hunting down order status (to name a few).

Barcode and RFID replace paper-based systems for collecting data by automating data collection and help to eliminate NVAT in your operation.

If you’re using pen and paper to document, count, tally, track and the like, there is a better way.

Printing Labels at the Production Line

Also referred to as line-side printing, the benefits of printing labels at the production line vs. printing labels offline, in advance of production, are numerous. In any print operation, decentralizing labeling printing and bringing it to the point-of-application, will save time and money. Integrating label printing into your operation is even better and with ADI POWERPRINT you can.


POWERPRINT is powerful, easy-to-use integrated labeling system designed to automate label printing. ADI provides a simple graphical interface that allows centralized control of data and labeling. One action, which could be a barcode scan, alphanumeric key entry or selection from a drop-down menu and the like, gathers data from one or more sources, automatically populating the label, and printing it.

Case Study - Integrated Label Printing at Line-Side

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For a manufacturer of consumer goods in Southwest Ohio, managing their production label printing needs was labor-intense and time consuming. Production planning for more than 25 lines was scheduled a week in advance for the following week’s production. The labels needed for scheduled production were printed offline, in advance of actual production.

RFID in Manufacturing

RFID definitely has a place in manufacturing, but it is not a replacement for barcoding.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)


Last year, the IoT Institute published an article naming the top IoT applications. It's no big surprise that many of the applications are related to manufacturing including the top 3:

  • Asset tracking and monitoring

  • Automation of manual processes

  • Predictive maintenance

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