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  • Ultimate Control: RFID-Enabled Manufacturing

    By Mark Roberti

    At its semiconductor plant in East Fishkill, N.Y., IBM has used RFID to completely automate the manufacturing of advanced microchips from 300-millimeter silicon wafers. The high-tech facility optimizes production, speeds up product development and improves customer service.

  • Navy Tracks Broken Parts From Iraq

    By Mark Roberti

    The U.S. Navy completed a six-month field trial involving the tagging of more than 12,000 airplane parts and containers. Learn how much the project cost, the challenges that were overcome, the results and why the Navy wants to expand the project.

  • VW's Auto City Runs on RFID

    By Rhea Wessel

    As many as 700 customers daily pick up their new cars at Volkswagen's theme park, where workers use RFID to ready each vehicle and match it up with the right owner.

  • Dutch Banks Follow the Money

    By Jonathan Collins

    Rabobank branches save time and cut costs by using RFID to track cash deliveries for their ATMs.

  • Motorcycle Maker Powers Up With RFID

    By Bob Violino

    Customized bike builder Viper uses RFID to boost factory output, cut labor costs, process repairs, serve its dealership and even comply with Sarbanes-Oxley.

  • Lab-Powered Innovation

    By Mark Roberti

    Kimberly-Clark uses its 5,000-square-foot dirty lab to develop and test RFID solutions before rollout.

  • Bus Co. Keeps Tabs on Fare Boxes

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    After a proof-of-technology pilot, a Vancouver bus company plans to roll out an active RFID system to track its buses and fare-collection equipment.

  • Mining for RFID's Benefits

    By Bob Violino

    At Anglo American Platinum's Paardekraal mine in South Africa, RFID is saving dollars—and lives.

  • University Takes a Fresh Approach to RFID

    By Jonathan Collins

    The University of Florida's Center for Food Distribution and Retailing is finding ways to make RFID tags work on produce shipments and keep perishable food from spoiling.

  • APS Learns the Logistics of RFID

    By Elizabeth Wasserman

    When an appliance maker asked American Port Services for help meeting its RFID mandates, the logistics provider installed its own RFID system and expanded its service offering.

  • RFID Works Like a Charm at The Tech

    By Mary Catherine O’Connor

    Visitors to Silicon Valley’s Tech Museum of Innovation are using an RFID tag attached to a bracelet to create Web sites based on their experiences.

  • SYSCO Gets Fresh With RFID

    By Jonathan Collins

    Using RFID-enabled temperatures sensors, wholesale food distributor SYSCO and its suppliers and shippers reduce and track spoilage.

  • RFID Delivers Healthy Return for Hospital

    By Jonathan Collins

    Jacobi Medical Center's RFID-enabled patient ID system not only enhances patient care and staff working conditions, but will also save $1 million a year when fully deployed.

  • Growers Sow the Seeds of Success

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    By working together on a bunch of RFID pilots, including one involving temperature sensors, a team of produce and plant growers and distributors hope to harvest a crop of benefits.

  • Hampton Unlocks ROI From RFID

    By Jonathan Collins

    A supplier of locks and lighting to Wal-Mart deploys RFID "at minimal cost" and achieves benefits, including faster invoice payment and the ability to know which goods are lost or stolen.

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