November 4, 2017

Affordable Asset Tracking using RFID

Kiran Ghadge

PhD student

Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

A factory consists of several assets like machines, raw materials and products that are in various stages of manufacturing, as well as infrastructure, humans and waste by-products. Tracking assets in a factory can help reduce instances of missing items, trace processing done on each part and visualise operations in real-time, which in turn can help identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in processes. There are several technologies available for tracking assets. The choice of appropriate technology depends on the type of asset to be tracked, range, accuracy, environment, operational requirements and cost.


In this project, the objective is to locate metal parts in an indoor space that is meant to simulate an assembly station. Each part has a unique ID, which is linked to the ID of the tag attached to it. The information pertaining to each part is recorded in a central computing system, and is available to relevant personnel as and when necessary. The location of a part or assembly can be used as part of analytics for a variety of decision making activities in a factory.