cod. 1005670

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - Second semester
- Eleonora BOTTANI
Academic discipline
Impianti industriali meccanici (ING-IND/17)
Ingegneria gestionale
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

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
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


Industrial Logistics

Course unit content

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.

Full programme

- RFID technology
- Introduction to logistics and supply chain management
- RFID technology for food product identification
- The impact of RFID on supply chain process management
- Use of RFID technology for food traceability
- Use of RFID technology for the management of logistics assets
- Use of RFID technology to monitor sales
- Monitoring of the cold chain of the food product by means of
RFID technology


Rizzi, A., Montanari, R., Bertolini, M., Bottani, E., Volpi, A., 2011. "Logistica
e tecnologia RFID". Springer-Verlag Italia, ISBN 978-88-470-1928-7

Teaching methods

The course has a weight of 6 CFU. The theoretical topics of the course, corresponding to about half of the hours assigned to teaching, are addressed through 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 the course are proposed laboratory exercises and business cases, corresponding to about half of the hours allocated to teaching. In carrying out the laboratory exercises, students will have to apply the theoretical knowledge to a real scenario or case study developed according to the methodological criteria illustrated in the theoretical lessons. As an example, the laboratory exercise may concern the execution of experimental measurements related to the reading of items using RFID technology. Depending on the number of students, students can be divided into groups to carry out the laboratory activity. The part of the exercise is the subject of a report that the student must submit within 5 days from the date scheduled for the examination and must then discuss during the examination.
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.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination will consist of an oral test of an indicative duration of 30
to 40 minutes. The test typically consists of 2-3 questions which may
concern theoretical contents of the course and case studies. With regard
to the experimental part in the laboratory, students should draw up a
report on their activity, submit it to the teacher and discuss it during the
During the oral exam, the knowledge acquired by the student, his or her
application skills, independent judgment and communication skills, as
well as his or her exhibition skills, will be evaluated.
The test will be passed if it achieves a score of at least 18 points. The
award (cum laude) is made if the highest score is reached in each
evaluation area

Other information

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