cod. 1005670

Academic year 2016/17
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Impianti industriali meccanici (ING-IND/17)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

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 process performance.
Making judgements
The knowledge acquired during the course will allow students to quantitatively ponder the use of the Auto-ID technologies in different industrial contexts.
Communication skills
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 course.
Learning skills
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.


The course can be attended with profit only after having attended the classes of Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Course unit content

The course illustrates the use of Automatic Identification and data capture (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 acquisition.

Full programme

1. Introduction to RFID technology
2. Introduction to logistics and supply chain management
3. RFID technology for the identification of food product
4. The impact of RFID technology in the management of supply chain processes
5. Application of RFID technology for the traceability of food
6. Using RFID technology for the management of logistics assets
7. The use of RFID technology for tracking sales
8. Monitoring the cold chain of the food product through RFID technology.


Rizzi, A., Montanari, R., Bertolini, M., Bottani, E. & Volpi, A., 2011. Logistica e Tecnologia RFID - Creare valore nella filiera alimentare e nel largo consumo. ISBN: 978-88-470-1928-7. Springer-Verlag Italia, Milano.

Teaching methods

The course consists of a first part of lectures, during which the theoretical arguments of the course are discussed. Subsequently, lessons are carried out in a laboratory. During laboratory sessions, students, divided into groups, perform experimental measurements associated of RFID reads of items.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of knowledge acquisition is carried out through an oral test, covering the theoretical subjects of the course. As regards the experimental part carried out in lab, students will write a report on those activities and will present the results during the exam.

Other information

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