SOLIHULL, England and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 28 /CNW/ -- Ford Motor
Company's Land Rover division and Savi today announced they have launched a
pilot program that deploys an active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
solutions that better synchronizes the delivery of auto parts from multiple
suppliers to Land Rover's key assembly plant in the West Midlands (U.K.). The
pilot is made possible through a U.K. central government grant administered by
the University of Warwick.
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Savi, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) and provider of RFID-based
total asset management solutions, is supplying RFID hardware and software to
enhance visibility, inventory management, and asset utilization, and to reduce
losses, assembly plant disruptions, and time spent locating assembly parts.
Phase 2 of this pilot enables 18 suppliers and Land Rover to better locate,
track, and deliver stillages (specialized 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, personal digital
assistants (PDAs), and web-based tracking software.
"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, and we believe Savi's complete RFID solution can improve
these operations," said Jonty Cook, Land Rover's head of Inbound Logistics.
"With its total solutions approach and proven track record, Savi was head
and shoulders above the other providers we evaluated during the 18-month
review process," said Phillip Foster, investigator fellow at the University of
Warwick. "Savi's total solutions approach is perfectly suited for a complex
supply chain such as Land Rover's, and can be easily scaled throughout their
global operations," said Bruce Jacquemard, Savi Technology's managing director
of International Business.
Savi active RFID tags are applied to stillages as they leave supplier
facilities, and the tags are associated with the car parts carried by the
conveyance. Fixed readers are placed at loading and unloading docks,
entrances and exits of the suppliers and Land Rover's assembly plant. Whenever
a tagged stillage passes by a reader, the shipment is logged and location
information is transmitted to designated users. Exception alerts are sent
when stillages do not arrive when and where they are expected.
For more information about Savi, visit http://www.savi.com.
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