Journal of International Technology and Information Management

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The purpose of this study was to study the relationship between RFID technology and lean manufacturing. More specifically, the identification of implementation areas where RFID can have the greatest impact on manufacturing control, manufacturing asset tracking, and asset maintenance in a lean manufacturing environment. A survey was used to collect data from participants working in seven U.S. manufacturing industries. Questions addressed the use of RFID in manufacturing control, asset tracking, and asset maintenance. The survey items were directly related to the following manufacturing wastes: overproduction, waiting time, inefficient transportation, inappropriate processing, unnecessary inventory, unnecessary motion, and rejects and defects. An analysis of the data revealed that RFID technology applications have the very real potential to reduce waste in the categories addressed.