Införande av RFID-teknik och EPCIS-ramverket inom DFDS Seaways trailerhantering vid hamnterminalerna i Rotterdam och Immingham

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Title: Införande av RFID-teknik och EPCIS-ramverket inom DFDS Seaways trailerhantering vid hamnterminalerna i Rotterdam och Immingham
Authors: Andersson, Virpi
Abstract: Implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-technology has received increased industrial interest during the last three decades. This is because utilisation of RFID is related to opportunities to increase logistical efficiency (in terms of reduced time and costs) in logistics operations, reduce risk of theft, control goods-characteristics (temperature, humidity), and in tracking and tracing of goods to ensure and preserve the safety and quality of goods in supply chains. In addition, previous studies in the area present logistics benefits in implementing the Electronic Product Code Information Service framework. This report focuses on potential impacts on logistics operations and opportunities in implementation of RFID technology and the EPCIS-framework to ensure unique identification of trailers at DFDS Seaways. The purpose is to investigate how RFID and EPCIS can be used for handling of trailers in port-areas. The report presents findings from literature reviews and a case study that investigated four research questions. The first question embraces potential logistics operations affected by implementation of EPCIS framework. The second question explores RFID-technology, suitable for unique identification of trailers in the two harbours Rotterdam and Immingham. The third question concerns the potential physical location of RFID technology on trailers and in the two port-areas. Finally, the fourth question explores potential business benefits in implementing a RFID-based identification system of trailers at DFDS terminals in Rotterdam and Immingham. The results show that logistics operations of identification, inspection, registering, picking, loading, un-loading, storage, and distribution of trailers are affected by implementation of the EPCIS framework, which is important for DFDS in management of trailers. RFID-tags suitable in identification of trailers are either passive or active. Similarly, the variety of RFIDreaders ranges from hand-held RFID-scanners to RFID-portals. The choice of RFIDtechnology should be based on the use of communication standards, presence of metal, and costs. The results show several potential physical locations on trailers, tugmasters, and in the Rotterdam and Immingham port-areas to place RFID-technology. Business benefits of implementing a RFID based identification system in Rotterdam and Immingham can be drawn from more effective logistics operations and reducing errors and problems occuring such as forbidden parking of trailers, language problems, service in self-service files, inspection and labelling of trailers. The report also examines the knowledge about RFIDtechnology among employees working with handling of trailers in the two ports Rotterdam and Immingham. The results presented contribute to the understanding of implementation of RFID-technology and the EPCIS-framework in handling of trailers within port-areas from a managerial point of view. This is useful for DFDS as well as for academia, since it shows that RFID-based and standardised solutions should be prioritised to influence future setups and theoretical development of the logistics research area.
Keywords: Transport;Övrig industriell teknik och ekonomi;Transport;Other industrial engineering and economics
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Technology Management and Economics
Series/Report no.: Master thesis. E - Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden : E2014:097
Collection:Examensarbeten på grundnivå // Basic Level Theses

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