Every year, SAIC Anji Logistics handles millions of cars that are delivered across China. Their car lots must preserve data for status, amount, and place with annual inventory reviews on thousands of vehicles. But finding the serial number written on the inside of the car window can be a daunting task. With drones, however, this job is significantly simplified and will make this inventory operate much easier than staff on foot, sending the right data to servers in real-time, without anyone closing the lot of the car.
SAIC Anji Logistics, a subsidiary of one of China’s largest car factories, performs daily stock inspections of lots where completed cars are waiting for shipping in order to stay on board with requests coming from customers. Previously, for more than 24 hours, the task to bring the entire car lot out of service as data was gathered by staff on foot and registered into the system.
How did they utilize RFID?
The car is attached with the RFID tag on the inside of a small reader module on the window throughout the production process. To await shipping or selling, the car is transferred to a finished products lot.
A drone carrying an RFID reader chip will travel a pre-designed flight route over each vehicle to perform inventory, correctly collect data from each one, and instantly update it.
What is achieved?
- Reduction of inventory monitoring time by 50%, by one day to half a day
Having completed a stock control for this organization will take six employees the greater part of a day to compile data, fix mistakes, and submit it to a system. All vehicle inputs must pause in order to ensure accuracy, essentially taking a whole lot of vehicles out of service for almost 24 hours. But now it can be completed in half of that time.
- Almost 100 percent inventory precision with updates of real-time, mid-flight information
It was not only slow but erroneous, to manually pick the Serial numbers of the cars for the employees. As writing down identity numbers every six to seven hours contributed to a decline in precision. The drone immediately sends information, resulting in fewer errors without loss over time, whereas the GPS communication makes it much easier to locate the vehicle every time the stock is revised.
- Reduction of 50 percent in manual work required to track vehicle identity numbers
What was once took several people to walk around a facility of 5,000 square meters for seven or eight hours now needs only a pre-programmed flight path and a press button. This enabled company to hire fewer employees for this specific task as well as it has provided a certain level of convenience and comfort to the employees who are still working on this task.
For many other businesses that deal with huge storage facilities, factories, and a large number of products in their inventory, the perks of technology both RFID tags and elevating what they can do with drone technology are insightful.