RFID technology for the development and competitiveness of an SME in the Croatian metalworking industry

  • 1 University of Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod, Croatia


Today, it is imperative that small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are the backbone of any economy, make the transition to the Industry 4.0 paradigm and adopt new technologies to improve business and become competitive in the marketplace. Some SMEs in the metalworking industry in Croatia face the challenges of achieving and maintaining a competitive position in the market within the Industry 4.0 paradigm. Due to problems with inadequate enterprise information systems, without the application of innovative technologies, due to obsolete machinery and equipment in production, enterprises cannot compete in a globalized market. Enterprises need to respond quickly to customized and individualized customer requirements and need to be flexible for producing numerous versions of products in small batches. To achieve this, enterprises need to introduce new innovative technologies of Industry 4.0, such as Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, RFID technology, …
The objective of this paper is to review RFID technology and propose a conceptual model for the application of RFID technology in a metalworking enterprise in Croatia. That enterprise belongs to the category of SMEs that represent the basis of the economy of each country. The paper describes the problems faced by the company in production monitoring and gives a proposal for the application of RFID technology to monitor the production and to facilitate production management using an ERP system.



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