LIVE! 2021 Encore: Manufacturing Track



Planning Your Manufacturing Line Deployment
The last thing any manufacturer wants to do is disrupt its finely tuned, high-speed production line. Deploying RFID technology successfully on any line requires careful planning. This session will address how to conduct a proper site survey. Learn how to gain the trust and confidence of line managers, IT managers, facilities and other constituencies to ensure a successful deployment.
Speaker: Doug Harvel, Senior IT Distribution Analyst, Kontoor Brands

Solution-Provider Session
These sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
Speaker: TBD

How to Take Inventory With Drones
A California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) research project has found that an RFID-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, can read tags attached to static inventory (for example, steel drills or utility pipes) at an accuracy rate of 95 to 100 percent. The research focused on capturing data for the purpose of equipment inventory tracking in oilfields, but also included other utility-based equipment in storage yards or at construction sites. Learn how the system could also be used to track dynamic inventory.
Speaker: Tali Freed, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Cal Poly SLO, Director, PolyGAIT, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Linking RFID to PLCs to Automate Manufacturing
RFID technology is not only about identifying and tracking items, but also about automating processes and enabling machine-to-machine communication. The Auto-ID Lab at the University of Memphis will demonstrate, in the exhibit hall, how RFID systems can be used to identify objects and automate tasks in manufacturing. In this session, the lab director will explain how manufacturers can use RFID tag reads to trigger programmable logic controllers (PLCs). He will also discuss the potential benefits and applications of linked RFID and PLCs.
Speaker: Kevin Berisso, Director, AutoID Lab, University of Memphis

Award Finalist Session: RFID Helps Manage Fuel Storage Facility Inspections
SunWest Engineering Constructors is using RFID technology to perform inspections for the purposes of regulatory environmental compliance of fuel storage facilities. In this session learn how the firm used RFID to minimize their environmental impact, as well as improving the accuracy of information and reducing the amount of time spent on preparing paperwork to document inspections. This project is nominated for RFID Journal award in the category of Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service. Hear how the firm is delivering additional value to the customer in the form of generating cost savings for required regulatory services, as well as verifiable accountability. Gain an understanding of how the technology is helping to reduce errors and improved reporting times.
Speaker:   Pamela Lawrence,  President,  SunWest Engineering Constructors, Inc.

RFID Improves Traceability for Carbonated Beverage Filling Process
To keep pace with consumer demand, beverage companies rely on automated, high-speed filling lines that operate in a continuous, non-stop process flow, producing upwards of 2,500 items per minute, per line. The slightest problem on these automated lines has a major operational impact. If a vent tube (a critical filling component) is lost or damaged during the filling process, it becomes a safety and quality issue for the beverage manufacturer and is very costly to locate. Learn how Dorcia Engineering is using RFID technology to enable their customers to reduce down time and increase safety, as well as  improving reliability of the production process. How Dorcia Engineering deployed high-frequency RFID technology to monitor the lines and quickly identify problems to maintain the highest uptime on the production critical machines. Learn how the firm patented and implemented a solution for missing vent tube detection, ultimately controlling the can filler.
Speaker: Grant Cook, President, Dorcia Engineering

Emerson Uses RFID for Efficiency Improvements in the Process Control Industries
Emerson, a global technology and engineering company that provides solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets, is using RFID technology to improve asset identification and access to asset identification, as well as enabling proactive maintenance. The system is designed to be used in control valves, pressure relief valves and other assets used in process control industries. Hear how the firm successfully conducted a laboratory trial within the Emerson Innovation Center, the world’s largest privately-owned flow testing lab, which closely matched the expected process control industry environment. Learn how RFID improves efficiency and reduces cost for asset identification. Gain an understanding of how the technology enables a more proactive maintenance and plant management approach through asset data review.
Speaker: Philip Nelson, Engineering Specialist, Emerson

Award Finalist Session: Weatherford Reduces Carbon Footprint in the Oil Industry with RFID
Weatherford is one of the largest oilfield services companies providing technologies and services for formation evaluation, well construction, completion, stimulation and production. The firm has successfully developed an RFID enabled system that reduces the operational time to construct a well, thereby resulting in a large emissions savings. The process of drilling and completing a well is energy intensive and time is often wasted by moving components in and out of a well, resulting in cost, CO2 emissions and HSE (health, safety and environment) risks. In this session hear how Weatherford is successfully deploying the system for two customers in Nigeria and Malaysia and why the system is a unique and innovative use of RFID technology in the oil industry. This project is nominated for RFID Journal award in the category of Best RFID Implementation (Other Industry). Gain an understanding of how the system resulted in a reduction of operating time of 60% when compared to a two-trip upper and lower completions process. In addition, the customer projects a total savings of approximately $200 million across the entire campaign of 22 wells. Learn how Weatherford has used RFID to reduce the total cost of ownership for its customers, provided efficient and flexible functionality, and reduced risk to the environment.
Speaker: Euan Murdoch, RFID Completions Product Line Manager, Weatherford

Award Finalist Session: RFID Improves Inventory Management For Rapid COVID Test Kit Manufacturing

Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company, manufactures numerous rapid diagnostic test kits for respiratory infections (e.g., Flu, RSV, SARS-COVID-19, TB), sexual transmitted diseases (e.g. CT/NG), and women’s health (Group B Streptococcus). The global SARS-COVID-19 pandemic spurred increased demand for the firm’s SARS-COVID-19 test kit, resulting in a need to manufacture more kits, while lowering the number of staff to reduce the risk of virus spread. The firm chose a touch free Kanban inventory management solution,  replacing the traditional Kanban card or 2-bin Kanban inventory replenishment process for manufacturing lines. This project is nominated for RFID Journal award in the category of Best Manufacturing RFID Implementation. Learn how the RFID solution provides improved efficiency and accuracy by allowing Cepheid to produce more product with fewer people, during a demanding time when SARS-COVID-19 tests were needed.
Speaker:  Jayaprakash Visagamani Sr. Solution Architect – SAP WM/LE, Cephid