Ford uses 2-D data matrix reader in truck assembly

The Ford F150 plant in Dearborn, MI, uses a fully automated build-order system to produce its trucks.


The Ford F150 plant in Dearborn, MI, uses a fully automated build-order system to produce its trucks. Ford needed an efficient way to verify multiple frame types as each chassis was placed onto the production line. Due to the size and position of the chassis, the system had to capture a label from a distance of more than 20 ft and encompass a 3-ft-wide field of view. Ford also needed to use technology that would avoid up-charges from parts suppliers. RFID was seen as cost-prohibitive compared to the near-zero cost of adding the 2-D Data Matrix symbol to an existing paper label.

Ford installed ImageID Ltd.’s Visidot system at the frame entrance to the plant to identify and verify each chassis type before it reached the conveyor belt inside. The reader captures a 2D Data Matrix label affixed to each chassis and confirms in real-time with Ford’s production line controller that the chassis is correct and can enter.

Rami Kopelman, ImageID VP sales and marketing, said the Ford installation shows advantages 2D data matrix automatic identification and data capture over RFID and linear barcode. The installation was implemented with help from Visidot partner Wireless & Barcode. Since December 2004, ImageID says, accuracy of the line has been 100%.

—Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering,

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me