Affiliations: Department of Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Macka, Istanbul, Turkey
Note:  Corresponding author: Alp Ustundag, Department of Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Macka, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey. Tel.: +90 532 296 54 54; Fax: +90 212 240 72 60; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) has been taking great attention of industry for its various advantages. This technology enables to monitor and track items in production facilities, warehouse operations and distribution; however, RFID system performance is dramatically affected by the operational factors (controllable factors affecting the system performance) of the system. In particular, identification of appropriate levels for each operational factor is not trivial. In this paper, a six-step testing methodology is used to determine the optimized levels (specific values) of operational factors for an RFID applied conveyor system of cargo sorting operations. Here, a statistical analysis is performed on three RFID operational factors called product type, tag position, and conveyor speed.
Keywords: Radio frequency identification (RFID), statistical analysis, testing methodology, conveyor system, cargo operations