Component detection with on-board UHF RFID reader for Industrie 4.0 capable Returnable Transit Items

Industrie 4.0, Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Manufacturing are all terms used to describe a vision of how intelligent products, processes and services can provide connectivity and real time information based technologies to improve manufacturing. This can be realised by embedding intelligence at the product and operational level to provide predictive, risk preventative and high performing manufacturing systems. The work outlined in this paper details how a Returnable Transit Item (RTI) can become an integral part of the Industrie 4.0 vision as an intelligent container that can interact with components, machines and other manufacturing services.