• ISSN: 2010-0248
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Innov.  Manag. Technol.
    • Frequency: Bimonthly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIMT
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IJIMT 2018 Vol.9(6): 252-259 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2018.9.6.821

Efficiencies in the On-Site Material Handling Process by Using Radio Frequency Identification in the Wood Building Construction Industry

Fredrik Lindblad, Åsa Bolmsvik, Jenny Pettersson, and Sara Wiberg
Abstract— In the past decades, the housing shortage in Sweden accumulated to a level that led to problems finding accommodation for many people, which created opportunities for the market producing multi-family houses. The market is dominated by concrete solutions whereas solutions using wood as a building material only comprise 9 % of the market. This market is highly competitive with many companies offering relatively similar products or services. One way to develop new business opportunities is to enhance other competence besides production technology that currently acts as a market development barrier. Hence, the material handling process at building sites is seen as a barrier that can contribute improving competitiveness. There are currently problems with material handling at many building sites of wood-building solutions in Sweden, materials arrive at the wrong time, waste of storage space, unnecessary tracking of materials or wrong quantities arriving at the sites. The purpose of the study is to investigate if Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that can be used to achieve an efficient material handling process and if the wood building industry in Sweden is willing to implement the technology. Thus, investigate if material handling using RFID can improve time effectiveness, minimise waste and monitor moisture levels in the material efficiently, creating improved competitiveness. The study shows that the use of RFID improves time efficiency and control the material handling, indicating that RFID has potential to improve this process. Further, the study identifies possibilities by using RFID technology to minimise damages and control moisture levels.

Index Terms— Material-handling process, building site, JIT, information technology, wood-building, RFID.

The authors are with Linnaeus University Växjö, Sweden (e-mail: fredrik.lindblad@lnu.se).

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Cite: Fredrik Lindblad, Åsa Bolmsvik, Jenny Pettersson, and Sara Wiberg, " Efficiencies in the On-Site Material Handling Process by Using Radio Frequency Identification in the Wood Building Construction Industry," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 252-259, 2018.

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