AUTO ID IN PRODUCTION AND LOGISTICS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will have acquired specific knowledge
about the use of Auto-ID technologies (and RFID in particular) in different
areas of logistics and production systems, such as, for example, the shelf
management, the management of logistics assets and the management
of distribution center processes.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The knowledge gained during the course will enable the student to design
a solution Auto-ID in relation to the particular application context, as well
as to assess the related fallouts in terms of economic savings and
The knowledge acquired during the course will allow students to
quantitatively ponder the use of the Auto-ID technologies in different
The student will acquire specific vocabulary related to the topics covered
in the course, such as, for example, data capturing, RFID technology or
barcode technology. It is expected that students will be able to exhibit,
whether verbal or in writing, the main concepts covered during the
Students who have attended the course will acquire the fundamentals
relating to the use of the Auto-ID technologies in the field of logistics and
production, and will therefore be able to deepen their knowledge in these
areas, through autonomous consultation of specialized texts and articles
published in scientific journals or dissemination, even outside of the
topics covered closely in class
Course contents summary
The course illustrates the use of Automatic Identification and data
capture technologies (Auto-ID technologies) in different areas of
production and logistics systems. The course focuses, in particular, on the
use of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for data
Firstly, the building elements of an RFID system will be introduced, such
as tags, readers, antennas, and the infrastructure of the Internet of
Things (IoT). Afterwards, the students will go through the use and the
impact of RFID technology on the identification and traceability of food
products, on the management of supply chain processes and logistics
assets, and on sales measurement and management.
- RFID technology (prof. Romagnoli)
- Introduction to logistics and supply chain management (prof. Bottani)
- RFID technology for food product identification (prof. Bottani)
- The impact of RFID on supply chain process management (prof. Bottani)
- Use of RFID technology for food traceability (prof. Bottani)
- Use of RFID technology for the management of logistics assets (prof. Bottani)
- Use of RFID technology to monitor sales (prof. Bottani)
- Monitoring of the cold chain of the food product by means of RFID technology (prof. Bottani)
- Laboratory tests (prof. Romagnoli)
The didactic material mainly consists of the textbook, which covers all the topics dealt with in the lesson and is therefore particularly indicated for students not attending. Any slides or notes used to support the lessons by the teacher will be uploaded to the Elly platform during the course of the course (in any case before the course), possibly through links to other pages of the network. To download the slides from Elly you need to enrol in the online course; therefore students are invited to enrol beforehand. of the beginning of the course. Students who are not attending the course are reminded to check the teaching materials available for each academic year and the possible
indications provided by the teacher through the Elly platform.
For the laboratory part specific didactic material can be provided, always made available through the ELLY platform.
A suggested book is:
Rizzi, A., Montanari, R., Bertolini, M., Bottani, E., Volpi, A., 2011. "Logistica
e tecnologia RFID". Springer-Verlag Italia, ISBN 978-88-470-1928-7
The course has a weight of 6 CFU and is equally shared (3 CFU each) between prof. Giovanni Romagnoli and prof. Eleonora Bottani.
The theoretical topics of the course, corresponding to about half of the hours assigned to teaching, will be covered by prof. Bottani during the first 6 weeks pf the course approximately. The chosen teaching method will be that of frontal lessons.
In addition, in the course of the lectures, industrial case studies are discussed as examples of the theoretical topics of the course. During these lessons, business cases relating to the practical usage of RFID technology will also be ilustrated.
The second part of the course consists of (mandatory) laboratory experiments and will be covered by prof. Romagnoli in the remaining 6 weeks approximately.
For carrying out the laboratory esperiments, students will be grouped into sets of 3-4 people and will have to use the laboratory facilities located at the Departent of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma. For an effective laboratory experience, students will have to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course to a real scenario or case study. As an example, the laboratory experiment may concern the execution of experimental measurements related to the reading of items using RFID technology. The laboratory experiment wil be detailed in a report that the student (or group of students) must submit within 5 days (AT THE LEATEST) from the date scheduled for taking the exam; the report will be discussed during the exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination consists of an oral test in which the student will have 10 minutes to present his or her report on the laboratory activity (possibly together with other members of the group who are willing to take the exam in the same date). Questions may of course be asked by the examination committee about the report presented.
Then, one theoretical question will be asked to the candidate, to cover the theoretical part of the program.
Each of the two parts of the oral test (project and theory) wil be assigned an evaluation by the committee; the final grade will determined by the average of the two evaluations, rounded up if necessary (no bonus points). For the purposes of the score evaluation, the following aspects will be taken into consideration during the oral test: the knowledge acquired by the student; the ability to apply that knowledge; the autonomy of judgment; the communication skills; the expositive skills using a proper language.
The test is passed if it reaches a score of at least 18 points.
Honors are awarded in the case of the achievement of the maximum score in each area of assessment.
Registration for the exam in ESSE3 is mandatory to take the test. The teacher will not accept students who have not booked to take the exam. Similarly, since the exam is an oral one, even though an exam day is indicated, it is likely that the teacher will have to schedule students on multiple days.