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RFID Brings Work-in-Progress Visibility to Paint Shop

Rittal, a manufacturer of enclosures for servers and other IT equipment, as well as climate-control and power-distribution systems, is employing radio frequency identification technology to manage the movements of its products through the painting process at its Rittershausen assembly plant. By using RFID, the company knows where each product is in the painting process, as well as how much paint has been used and when it will require replenishment. The company can thus ensure that it has up-to-date information about products that will be available for shipping, address any delays in the painting process and reorder more paint in a timely manner. The technology, provided by German integration firm IdentPro, includes Xerafy on-metal tags.

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