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March/April 2009

Magazine ArchiveMarch/April 2009
MAR/APR 2009

Features

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS
  • A Guide to RFID WIP Solutions for Discrete Manufacturers
    Tracking work in process with radio frequency identification gives you real-time visibility into your processes and operations, which, in turn, saves time, improves quality and reduces costs. Here's what you need to know to choose a system that's right for your company.
  • VERTICAL FOCUS
  • Targeted Attack
    The U.S. Department of Defense aims to use RFID to eliminate waste, improve services and bolster security in its complex supply chain. The DOD's successes so far have convinced allies and some defense contractors to follow suit.
  • FEATURE
  • Timeline for Tagging Sellable Units
    Sam's Club suppliers that want to save money need to start planning now to meet the tagging mandate. The first steps are virtually cost-free—and could make the difference between achieving benefits and drowning in operation disruptions. RFID Journal has developed a timeline that details what you need to do—and why—and how long it will take.

Columns

  • Radio Europe
  • A Broader Definition of RFID
    BLE promises to blur the line between Bluetooth and radio frequency identification.
  • Inside the Labs
  • Beyond the Basics
    Innovative RFID applications can deliver more benefits and a faster ROI.
  • Ashton's View
  • Lessons From Air Safety
    RFID could be the food supply chain's equivalent of the flight data recorder.

Departments

  • Editor's Note
  • The DOD's War on Waste
  • Out in Front
  • It's the Bee's Knees
    A Canadian startup has combined ZigBee technology with 'swarm intelligence' to create a smart system for optimizing energy consumption.
  • Out in Front
  • Referees vs. Technology
    A team of engineers has infused a web of conductive thread with tiny pressure sensors into a pair of standard-issue gloves, to measure how a wide receiver grips a football.
  • Perspective
  • Mending Broken Links
    The recent salmonella-peanut butter outbreak reveals how complex the food supply chain is, and why a comprehensive approach to recalls is needed.
  • Perspective
  • Reading P&G's Tea Leaves
    When Procter & Gamble told its third-party packagers to stop putting RFID tags encoded with Electronic Product Codes on promotional displays bound for Wal-Mart, it set off a wave of speculation among providers of radio frequency identification technologies, other Wal-Mart suppliers and journalists who cover the industry. Why did P&G do it, and what does it mean?
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