A Systems Approach to Viable RFID Implementation in the Supply Chain

  • Can Saygin
  • Jagannathan Sarangapani
  • Scott E. Grasman
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


This article presents a systems approach to RFID deployment in a supply chain from two perspectives: (1) RFID data-based decision-making at all levels of supply chain and (2) communications infrastructure necessary to provide seamless data and information flow. The main contribution of this article is highlighting the interconnection between these two perspectives and the fact that without tackling these issues simultaneously, no viable solution can be developed. Unlike typical articles in the literature, which solely highlight the potential advantages of RFID technologies, this article aims to provide an overview of the basic challenges of deploying RFID systems in supply networks. By providing visibility, effective RFID implementation in a supply chain can bridge the gap between the shop floor and higher level operations. Such a revolutionary concept changes the traditional “linear” structured supply chains into network-centric supply chains. Based on this concept, this article presents a wide range of RFID applications, ranging from shop floor control to inventory management, and discusses technical and research challenges.


Supply Chain Inventory Level Shop Floor Optimize Link State Rout Vendor Manage Inventory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Can Saygin
    • 1
  • Jagannathan Sarangapani
    • 2
  • Scott E. Grasman
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Management and Systems Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Missouri-RollaUSA
  2. 2.Electrical and Computer Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Missouri-RollaUSA

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