An RFID-based tracking system for denim production processes

Mahir Oner, Alp Ustundag, Aysenur Budak*

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Since radio frequency identification technology usage is increasing, applications in this area have a rising trend day by day. However, successful studies related to radio frequency identification implementation, which combine many different areas, are not sufficient enough. Studies have mostly emphasized theoretical approaches rather than being practical studies. In this study, a roadmap for radio frequency identification design, configuration and deployment is presented in order to design an integrated approach as pointed out in the literature and in former radio frequency identification projects. Additionally, an application is performed for validation and reinforcing of the understanding of the proposed radio frequency identification implementation roadmap; an architectural framework and economic feasibility are also discussed. The most striking result from the case study is that a radio frequency identification application could be successfully implemented to support the tracking and tracing of work in process in denim production processes, an area in which studies about radio frequency identification applications have not been done. Besides this, redundant inventory and production costs, redundant labour costs caused by inefficient production activities, inaccuracies of records, incorrect order deliveries and penalty costs incurred by customers are significantly reduced, which provides invaluable advantages in the real-life competition of the denim product industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-604
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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  • Architectural framework
  • Denim production
  • Design and deployment
  • Economic analysis
  • Radio frequency identification based tracking system


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