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RFID in Manufacturing Case Studies DVD

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RFID in Manufacturing Case Studies Included on the DVD:

RFID Takes Airbus to New Heights of Efficiency

Airbus, a winner of the RFID Journal Award for best implementation, has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of RFID by deploying the technology as "business radar" across all aspects of its business, including supply chain logistics, transportation, manufacturing and aircraft in-flight operations. This approach, which leverages a passive and active RFID reader infrastructure for multiple applications operating on a common software platform, has yielded significant cost savings as well as improvements in operational efficiencies. During the past three years, the company has significantly expanded these capabilities to new areas of operations across its value chain. Hear how Airbus is benefiting from these systems, as well as its latest plans for the next few years.

Speaker: Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus

Manufacturer Saves $120,000 Annually in Reduced Labor Costs Via RFID

The factory that produces Trane heating and air-conditioning systems in Tyler, Texas, uses a kanban (just-in-time-ordering) system to ensure the efficient movement of components from a third-party warehouse to the plant. The firm has boosted efficiency by adding RFID technology to automate the process of identifying when supplies are received at its plant. A process that previously lasted for approximately 30 minutes—the receiving of goods at the factory's warehouse, and the scanning of those products' bar codes—now takes only about five minutes to complete, as workers pass the RFID-tagged goods through a fixed RFID reader. The system notifies the factory's workers and management when goods are onsite, and can thus be expected on the assembly line. Learn how the software can also issue alerts indicating that something has not been received when expected.

Speaker: Reuben Thurman, IT Operations Analyst, Ingersoll Rand

Manufacturer Tracks Inventory in Real Time Via RFID

Packaging manufacturer Accord Carton delivers quality-finished cartons to companies in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the company's warehouse uses robots to move pallets to conveyors to prepare for distribution. The current system can identify when each pallet is loaded, sized and placed into or taken out of storage. Learn how Accord Carton expanded the system's use by installing an RFID reader at the loading dock, to extend that visibility to the shipping of goods and automatically update the finished goods inventory. With the system in place, the firm can now prevent errors and gain a more detailed inventory of where each pallet is located.

Speaker: William Codo, Vice President, Accord Carton

Rehrig Pacific Reduces Supply Chain Costs With RFID

Rehrig Pacific Company, a leading manufacturer of reusable transport packaging systems and transportation services provider, has tagged hundreds of thousands of returnable transport items, including pallets, dairy cases, distribution and display crates, beverage crates and more with passive RFID, NFC and other technologies for clients such as Pepsi, Kroger, and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Rehrig captures data, such as dwell time, location, shrinkage, etc., on these assets and shares it with customers. Hear how the systems improves supply chain efficiency and how some customers use business intelligence tools to enable proactive stock balancing and improve product availability.

Speaker: Kaley Parkinson, Director, Supply Chain Technology Services, Rehrig Pacific Company

GM Engine Plant Improves Component Machining Processes With RFID

While launching two major engine programs, General Motors has replaced conventional vision- and probe-based track-and-trace and part-type-verification hardware at its Tonawanda engine plant with an RFID system, providing reliable, comprehensive in-process verification and tracking capability. Bolted to engine blocks and heads, an RFID tag travels through dozens of machining and inspection processes, providing prerequisite information and part type verification to each operation before any work is performed. Additional benefits include the implementation of rework and prototype strategies. Learn how the system ensures parts are properly manufactured, provides detailed track-and-trace data, saves GM money and eliminates costly errors—all of which contribute to producing high-quality engines that power award-winning vehicles like the Chevrolet Silverado and Corvette Stingray.

Speaker: Mark Chiappetta, Controls Manager, Tonawanda Engine Plant, General Motors

Manufacturer Replaces Paper Build Books With E-Paper-Based Visual RFID Tags and System

As a manufacturer of large diesel engines, axles and transmissions for the trucking industry, Detroit produces a new engine every 2.5 minutes. To ensure quality and accuracy, when a new engine block is placed into the manufacturing process for the first time, a worker must match it to a build book. These 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper, containing 42 to 60 pages of instructions and checklists, are created specifically for each engine. An RFID system, including a 10" e-paper-based tag and tracking software, has been implemented to replace the manual build book process, resulting in a number of cost and labor efficiencies. Learn how the system provides cost savings through complete paper replacement, as well as ensuring quality by providing accurate sequencing and matching of build books to engines through automation.

Speaker: Robert Hyden, IT Program Manager, Detroit Diesel

RFID Boosts Productivity at Daimler Truck Factory

The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) facility in Saltillo, Mexico, is employing an RFID system to know exactly where within its yard each trailer loaded with specific materials and components is located. By attaching passive UHF RFID tags to the trailers, the company can direct yard-truck drivers to the specific location where trailers need to be retrieved and then delivered, thereby saving time that the staff previously spent driving around the yard reading serial numbers, using the radio and manually writing down trailer ID numbers on paper. The system has enabled DTNA to achieve 99 percent trailer location accuracy within its yard, and has allowed yard workers to increase productivity. Learn how Daimler has been able to reduce its number of yard trucks, and how the system also provides real-time management reporting about trailer arrivals, trailer movement and worker productivity.

Speaker: Roderick Flores, IT Project Manager - Vehicle Electronics Operations and Corporate Support, Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Smarter Operations in High Tech With RFID

Applied Materials (AMAT) is a provider of equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, flat-panel display, solar photovoltaic products and related industries. AMAT's Metal Deposition Products (MDP) group has transformed its lab operations by deploying an RFID-based asset-visibility solution. The company has optimized the utilization of its assets, reduced unnecessary purchases, improved productivity and minimized compliance risks, by effectively tracking the identity, location, movement, status, ownership and service-management parameters of its equipment, components and consumables. Learn more about MDP's experiences with deploying an enterprise-class asset-visibility solution for smarter engineering operations.

Speaker: Dinesh Saigal, Senior Manager, Applications Laboratory, Applied Materials

Creating an Integrated and Dynamic Control System Using RFID

TINE SA, Norway's largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy goods, manufactures 200 different products at 40 locations. TINE's most famous product is its Jarlsberg cheese, which is sold worldwide. Hear how RFID technology will create the event data for a new planning and control system. Learn how the firm expects to use key RFID infrastructure projects to cut costs and improve asset management, by automating processes associated with the flow of pallets through the supply chain, and by tracking transportation assets. Find out how key RFID infrastructure projects are being implemented to form the foundation of TINE's integrated and dynamic planning and control system, based on real-time information—and how TINE is using GS1's standards.

Speakers: Dag E. Gotteberg Haartveit, Supply Chain Developer, TINE SA;
Geir Velve, CTO, HRAFN

How EADS Group Manages RFID Change

Airbus has pioneered the use of passive and active RFID systems across its value chain to transform business operations. Now, the Airbus team is helping other companies in the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) group replicate this success, including Eurocopter (the world's primary civil helicopter manufacturer), Astrium (a global leader in space programs) and Cassidian (a worldwide leader in state-of-the-art solutions for military and civil security). The panelists will discuss some of the new RFID processes being rolled out, how they are adding real business value, and the motivations and benefits of sharing synergies across the EADS group.

Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Haydar A. Alhas, Ph.D., Business Improvement Manager, Eurocopter
Jamil Khalil, Head of Sourcing and EADS Coordination, Airbus
Claude Lorda, Head of Industrial Innovation, Astrium
Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
Eric Princelle, Project Manager, Cassidian

Improving Visibility in Manufacturing With RFID-Enabled Baskets

Marlin Steel Wire Products, a producer of custom wire baskets and other metal products, is employing an RFID-enabled system to increase visibility in the assembly process, to track components' locations and to ensure that a company has the correct quantity of parts on hand. By knowing where baskets are located, the system is able to provide data to the users, such as when a basket has left storage and has been received at a workstation, thereby triggering the ordering of additional inventory. In the event that a basket spends excessive time in storage or at an assembly station, the system issues an alert to management. Learn how the solution improves visibility by ensuring that the proper components are available in real time, as well as enabling users to track their work-in-progress.

Speaker: Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire Products

ATK Uses RFID to Monitor Compposite Manufacturing Processes

ATK’s Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE), is dedicated to high-rate composite structures manufacturing and produces composite airframe and engine components for the Airbus A350 XWB, and General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs. Learn how the use of RFID in the ACCE is enabling a “visual factory” where each step of the composite manufacturing process can be tracked and monitored automatically, from raw material receipt through component production through eventual shipment to the end customer. Hear how RFID informs the firm’s manufacturing processes and how RFID serves as a critical enabler for ramping up production for ATK’s Airbus A350 contract.

Speakers: Brian J. Andrus, IT Director, Aerospace Structures Division, ATK
James Morgan, Program Manager, ATK Space PMO, ATK

Synthes Realizes Cost Savings Using RFID in Its Loaner Process

Medical device manufacturer Synthes is using RFID to efficiently manage its loaner processes. By RFID-enabling distribution center processes—shipping, receiving, auditing and replenishment—Synthes has saved thousands of direct labor hours, improved turnaround times and improved lot visibility. Learn how the Synthes system works and delivers a strong return on investment.

Speaker: Mike Diguglielmo, Product Manager, Synthes

How Carrier Made Excellent Manufacturing Even Better With RFID

Carrier, a leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. and a provider of technology to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. In January 2012, the company's 900,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, located in Collierville, Tenn., was named one of IndustryWeek's top-10 Best Plants in North America for 2011. In September 2011, the plant deployed an RFID system to create an automated shipping and component verification solution in a high-volume and high-velocity environment. Hear how the solution was designed and implemented, how it reduced truck-loading errors by more than 80 percent and how it boosted shipping productivity by 33 percent, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual savings. In addition, learn what's ahead for RFID at Carrier.

Speaker: Balaji Suresh, Materials Manager, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier

Tire Company Uses RFID to Improve Tracking and Speed Inventory Process

Dutch truck tire and retreading company Roline is embedding RFID tags in the tires that it retreads, not only to better manage its own production processes and warehousing, but also to enable its customers to track the tires they install on their fleets of trucks, buses or cars. Until Roline ships the new or retreaded tires to customers, it stores them in racks located within its warehouse. Inventory checks have become faster, and what previously required about a week to complete can now be accomplished in less than a day, simply by walking through the warehouse holding a handheld reader. Additionally, the inventory is more accurate and the firm can be sure that products are available for sale at all times. Learn how Roline is able to create a record of when every tire was received, as well as from whom, and then track those tires through the retreading process via the RFID tag.

Speaker: Hans Jorg, Project Manager, Roline

Managing Medical Devices With RFID: How Stryker Manages Inventory At Its Branch Offices

Stryker has a strong network of branches across the nation to service its customers. RFID has helped the company save money and provide more efficient services across several geographies. In this discussion, Stryker will share some of the business-case considerations and its RFID adoption story.

Speaker: Paul Pennington, Supply Chain Optimization Manager, Stryker Orthopaedics

RFID Improves Aircraft Production and Maintenance

Boeing is a leading airframe manufacturer in both the commercial and defense sectors, with several projects employing RFID technology. RFID-based tracking and tracing of aircraft parts, during both the production and maintenance phases of the lifecycle, brings significant value to all stakeholders within the aviation ecosystem. The common thread for all of these stakeholders is an improvement in quality, productivity and maintainability over an aircraft's lifecycle, spanning several years. The use of RFID enables automated data collection, verification and validation, resulting in improved accuracy and reduced flow time. The reduction in maintenance costs to airlines due to the implementation of RFID will be enhanced with a new service offering initiated by Boeing's RFID integrated solutions division. Learn how the stakeholders are working together to maximize the benefits offered by the technology.

Speaker: Rebecca Shore, Solution Architect, RFID Integrated Solutions, Information Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

Bell Helicopter Uses RFID to Save $300K in Business Efficiency and Labor Costs

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron, Inc., builds and delivers customized aircraft directly for military and commercial customers worldwide. Without a tightly integrated tracking system, it would risk missing delivery dates and compromising customer satisfaction. In June 2011, the firm implemented an RFID-enabled solution at nine manufacturing facilities to interface with its in-house warehouse-management system, eliminating the need to physically scan parts arriving at or leaving each facility. Automating and error-proofing its existing processes with RFID enabled the firm to avoid costly changes. The deployment has increased factory on-time starts, as well as reducing expedites and excess inventory due to loss. Learn how Bell has already recouped 120 percent of its investment through the use of RFID.

Speaker: Aaron Druyvesteyn, Manager of Logistics, Bell Helicopter

Intel and the Future of Consumer Electronics

Intel is actively exploring using embedded UHF RFID to revolutionize and advance the electronics industry. Embedded RFID will deliver new capabilities and benefits to electronics manufacturers, retailers, corporate IT departments and service providers. Learn about Intel's progress and its plans for this year, and get a glimpse of the future of RFID in electronics.

Speaker: Shahrokh Shahidzadeh, Senior Principal Technologist, Intel

Grupo Vidrala Improves Efficiency and Reduce Errors With RFID

Grupo Vidrala, a manufacturer of glass containers used by the food and agriculture industries, employs an RFID system—with EPC Gen 2 readers installed on forklifts, and tags affixed to loaded pallets—at three of its factories, to improve efficiency by tracking products from the point of production to when the goods are loaded onto trucks destined for customers. The company has been expanding its operations throughout the past decade, with the addition of three Spanish production centers, as well as plants in Italy, Portugal and Belgium. After completing its installation of the RFID system at plants in Spain and Portugal, management has been able to reduce the amount of time required for moving product, and to receive alerts in the event that errors occur.

Speaker: José Manuel Delicado, Chief of Maintenance, Research and Development, Grupo Vidrala

Coster Group Uses RFID to Increase Manufacturing and Logistics Efficiency

Coster Group is a leading multinational provider of spray and dispensing packaging components and filling machines, with an annual revenue of approximately €150 million. The adoption of an automated RFID solution enables the company to manage and trace its shop-floor, warehouse and delivery-logistics processes. The use of RFID allows Coster Group to precisely track goods as they are manufactured and shipped, and to pinpoint any bottlenecks. This solution, compared to traditional bar-code management systems, decouples procedures from operators, and thus reduces error risks. Learn how the solution is being installed at the production plants, acting as a decentralized supervisor of the production process, and how it allows for effective production management while minimizing the impact and customization of the central enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Speakers: Salvatore Ricca, Purchasing and ICT Director, Coster SpA and PDG Coster France
Germano Rizzo, R&D Architect RFID Systems, Aton SpA

Using RFID to Track Tire Pressure and Tread Depth

Tire manufacturer Michelin is supplying an RFID-enabled version of tires to some of London's buses, with a goal of making it simpler for bus-fleet managers to monitor tire pressure, and thereby improve safety and efficiency. Michelin embeds EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification tags into tire sidewalls during the manufacturing process, enabling the city's bus-fleet operators, or the tire manufacturer's staff, to use RFID to automatically identify each tire at the time that its pressure is being measured. Michelin has been involved in RFID general development for tire applications. Learn how it is moving toward RFID usage in the service and solutions area and how the technology can be applied to commercial trucking and transportation.

Speaker: Michel Lahouratate, Truck and Bus Division, Worldwide Coordinator for Retread and Services, Michelin

Daimler Uses RFID to Track and Trace Vehicles

Daimler, the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles—and one of the largest producers of premium cars—has embarked on a project to provide information transparency along the distribution chain. In this session, in partnership with BIBA—Bremer Institute of Production und Logistics, the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will share the results of the RFID installation within its rework area. Hear why the use of the track-and-trace system is of central importance in the creation of industry standards for enterprise-wide deployment.

Speaker: Dirk Werthmann, Research Scientist, Bremen Institute for Production (BIBA)

Parts Maker Uses RFID to Increase Efficiencies

Automotive electrical parts manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America (MEAA), has teamed up with Midtronics, a battery-management company, to add RFID functionality to test equipment that the parts maker's customers can utilize to gain an automated electronic record of maintenance and repair to those components. The system includes a single passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tag attached to a truck, to store the maintenance history of that vehicle's electrical system, as well as tags attached to the parts maker's components. Tags attached to components would have sufficient memory to allow each tag to store a more detailed maintenance history of the individual component to which it was attached. Dealers often return parts to the manufacturer that they claim are inoperable, but that are actually still functioning, having simply been misdiagnosed. As a result, the firm charges the dealership for these unnecessary repairs. Learn how the system can be used to provide the manufacturer with an automated way to receive warranty information, as well as data about the component's functionality, and then ease the process of completing a warranty claim, refurbishing or just replacing the part.

Speakers: Chris Page, Senior Business Manager, Midtronics; Adam M. Warmack, Account Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

John Deere Planter Factory Improves Efficiency on the Assembly Line With RFID

John Deere, an agriculture equipment manufacturer, has increased its efficiency in how it replenishes welding material, as well as how it carries out processes at its assembly stations. After installing a Wi-Fi-based real-time location system (RTLS) at a factory run by its Seeding Group, in Moline, Ill., the firm has reported a 10 percent increase in welding efficiency by implementing the kitting process, as well as a 40 percent improvement in kit-replenishment time by implementing the wireless triggers. On the assembly line, the system provides a view into work-in-process (WIP), reducing the cycle time required to assemble a single product by approximately 5 percent. Learn how the system has resulted in improved replenishment, as well as a decrease in overtime work undertaken by employees at the welding station.

Speaker: Shay O'Neal, Business Unit Leader, Deere & Co.

Enhancing the Inventory Accuracy of Products and Materials With RFID

Morgan Thermal Ceramics designs, manufactures and installs a broad range of thermal-insulation products that significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions in a variety of high-temperature processing applications. The firm provides ceramic fiber-insulation products, refractory ceramics or passive fire protection. Learn how the company incorporated seamless, real-time, RFID technology into its production facility and achieved 100 percent traceability of products within its plant and warehouse.

Speaker: José Manuel Zavala G., Technology Projects Advisor, Grupo Industrial Morgan (Morgan Thermal Ceramics Mexico)

Improving Asset and Inventory Control With RFID

Keeping an accurate inventory is a key part of managing any business. Maintaining inaccurate records can prevent corporations from having the correct amounts of their assets in stock—and, most importantly, it can have an impact on financial records and taxes. In January 2011, a national financial-services company sought help from Steelcase Mexico in reconfiguring its 107,000-square-foot campus to accommodate a staff of 1,100. The firm chose an RFID-enabled solution that provided full control of assets going out of the company's prior site and into its new location, utilizing a full inventory system. Hear how Steelcase Mexico integrated RFID into the services it provided to its client, and how it ensured a smooth transition from the old facility to the new building.

Speaker: Raúl Hernández Rivas, Project and Services Manager, Steelcase México

Web-based System for Monitoring the Location, Security and Status of Hazardous Material Movements

Dow Chemical is using a combination of the latest automatic-identification technologies, sensors and Web-based software to monitor the real-time location, security status and environmental conditions of in-transit shipments of highly hazardous materials. The system employs transponders that combine sensors, a two-way satellite communications modem and GPS positioning. Information transmitted by the device is forwarded to the asset-management platform, enabling the firm to receive regular location alerts and notifications in the event that something goes wrong or violates a defined business rule. This approach allows Dow to monitor thousands of shipments on an exception basis, and to share that information with any necessary agencies.

Speaker: Craig Casto, Auto-ID Technology Leader, Dow Chemical

Extracting New Value From Old Printers

Electronics manufacturers that implement green strategies for recycling their products, so potentially toxic components don't end up in landfills, can have a huge impact on the environment and people's health. HP Brazil, in 2009, set up drop-off centers around the country, where customers could return ink-jet printers for recycling. The following year, it established the SmartWaste project, to leverage the RFID infrastructure it deployed to track printers using passive ultrahigh-frequency tags with Electronic Product Codes. The goal was to use the tag information to manage reverse logistics for end-of-life products, and integrate recovered materials back into its supply chain.

Speaker: Marcelo Pandini, Country Operations Manager, HP Brasil

Adding Value to the Cold Chain Via RFID

The shelf life of perishable products is determined not only by time, but also by temperature. Two cases of the same product, packed and processed simultaneously, could have significantly different shelf lives if one were subjected to higher temperatures. Strømbergs Plast, a supplier of containers to several of the region's largest food companies, is employing RFID to document the cold chain—not just preserve it. Learn how the company used the technology on a mobile phone platform to keep customers' products cold, while documenting temperature levels.

Speaker: Knut Rinden, Marketing Manager, Strømbergs Plast AS

RFID as a Lean Tool in Manufacturing

Many still consider radio frequency identification an emerging technology, but the reality is that RFID is a stable technology that can make a real impact for businesses today—not just 10 years down the road. The key to using RFID as a lean tool is the education and buy-in of operations-level IT technicians and production support-staff members. Learn how to introduce your operations staff to the uses, constraints and applications of RFID, and gain an understanding of how the technology can make a difference in your day-to-day obligations for operational improvement.

Speaker: Jeremy Mercer, Senior Project Engineer, Honeywell

Using RFID to Manage Repair, Maintenance and Inspection Processes

Boeing is testing an RFID solution known as the Automated Identification Technology (AIT) Retrofit Package, designed for managing aircraft parts through repair, maintenance and inspection processes. Developed in partnership with Fujitsu, the system includes all hardware, middleware, software and integration required by airlines or other customers to track aircraft components. Learn how Boeing isolated five priorities among the 33 identified uses for RFID in the airline industry, and how airlines will benefit from the system.

Speaker: Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, The Boeing Company

Reducing Inventory-Management Costs With RFID

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), a manufacturer of optical fibers, optical cables and other related products, is using an RFID-enabled solution to monitor the level of raw materials in its 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company's manufacturing process is in operation 24-7, but its warehouse is only staffed for 40 hours a week, leaving a large gap of time during which raw material movements were unmonitored. When manufacturing personnel removed material during off-hours, the warehouse's raw material count was incorrect, leading to occasional material shortages. Hear how the firm is employing radio frequency identification to track raw materials, thereby resulting in fewer material shortages and disruptions to the production schedule.

Speaker: Cosby Dudley, Production Planning Manager, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

Tracking Tool Data and Usage, and Reducing Human Error With RFID

Machine-tool operators often need to manually input data regarding each tool, which can result in human error. FANUC FA America, a manufacturer of computer numerical controllers (CNC) for machining centers, has teamed up with a maker of sensor, networking and RFID products to offer an automated way to track tool information and usage, thereby eliminating the chance of human errors, which can create higher operating costs for manufacturers.

Speaker: Jerry Scherer, Design Engineer, FANUC FA America

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer Streamlines Supply Chain With RFID

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), a contract aerospace and defense manufacturer, is using RFID to track work in process (WIP) for its cable-harness product line, creating transparency of the firm's inventory and manufacturing processes, up and down the supply chain. In this session, hear how the deployment brought about a dramatic transformation in the firm's operations, trimming costs and streamlining manufacturing while also enabling Boeing to track its orders in real time.

Speaker: Jeremy Mercer, Chief Engineer and Director of Information Technology, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing

Improving Inventory Control in the Packaging Industry

Sonoco, a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial packaging and a provider of packaging services, is integrating UHF tags inside the cores used for European décor paper. The system has been successfully used since 2008 in the firm’s core plant in Lauda, Germany. Hear how the company is utilizing RFID to automatically track each roll of paper throughout its lifecycle. Learn how the system has improved inventory accuracy, and how some of its customers are reporting 10 percent savings on annual paper purchasing.

Speaker: Jeff Stacy, Segment Manager, NA Industrial Carriers/NA Converted Products, Sonoco

Using RFID to Deliver Value to the Manufacturing Process

Steinmetz, one of the world's largest diamond groups, purchases rough diamonds and processes them into finished polished stones ready for sale. Its business process involves the shipping of high-value stones between locations and individuals. Steinmetz needed a secure solution that could read thousands of stacked diamond parcels in very close proximity in any orientation with 100 percent reliability, and that would be easy to use and globally deployable. Learn how the firm is employing an RFID system that securely tracks and traces stones as they move among various manufacturing departments, personnel and locations in real time.

Speaker: Pavlo Protopapa, CFO, Diacor International Ltd.—Steinmetz Diamond Group

Reducing Production Errors and Increasing Efficiencies With RFID

Artilux NMF, a Lithuanian and Swedish joint venture that manufactures lighting fixtures and lamps, is employing EPC RFID technology to track the movements of pallets loaded with products or raw materials at its 11,000-square-meter facility in Šiauliai, Lithuania. The firm produces approximately 6 million decorative lamps and lighting fixtures annually, which are shipped on 25,000 pallets. Most are sent to distributors throughout Europe that, in turn, forward the lamps to retailers that sell lighting products. In the past, pallet tracking was performed with a system that combined the use of printed labels and paperwork, and bar-code labels on boxes and pallets. In this session, hear how the system has eliminated errors during product loading, while also speeding up the shipping process and freeing up space in the warehouse, since it no longer requires an area to manually check products as they are received from manufacturing.

Speaker: Rimantas Damanskis, Managing Director, Artilux NMF

Sketching the User Experience—Rapidly Deploying RFID for Maximum Success at Bombardier

Bombardier, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art planes and trains, is working with leading transit authorities to design and develop a solution that will enhance safety in the transportation industry. Understanding an end user's needs and designing an engaging experience was identified as a key objective to making sure the project results in a successful deployment. This session will discuss the approach that was followed to create the user experience, as well as the impact it has had on the evolution of the proposed ingenious and sustainable solution.

Speaker: Keith Sheardown, General Manager, Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation

How RFID Delivers Shipping Accuracy and Cost Savings

DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, receives more than half of its ExpressKit orders to be shipped out on the same day they arrive. Employees had to bar-code-scan each component in each kit twice—sometimes more than 100 per kit—then repack them before shipping. Learn how the company implemented an RFID system that dramatically improved shipping accuracy, shortened the kits’ typical check-in and -out times and made it possible to more accurately bill surgeons for the items they actually use.

Speaker: Dave Johnson, Director of Distribution & Logistics, DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson

Pack and Sea Uses RFID to Automate Crate Tracking

Pack and Sea, a Danish company that leases crates to the fishing industry, is employing radio frequency identification to track the locations of its plastic crates. The containers hold fish as they are caught at sea, and later as they are sold at market. The company had relied mainly on a manual method of tracking its containers, using pen and paper to record the number of crates a fisherman, auction house or buyer has at any given time, along with when they need to be returned. The firm turned to RFID to streamline the tracking of crates and invoicing of customers. Learn how the system delivers a real-time overview of the number of fish crates in various parts of the logistics chain, as well as providing documentation of the actual location and status of the individual fish crate, whether onboard the vessel, at the auction or at the manufacturer.

Speakers: Simon Johansen, Division Manager, Pack and Sea; Bent Kirk, Managing Director, Pack and Sea

2010 RFID Journal Award for Best RFID Implementation: Minera Norge

Minera Norge was selected for the 2010 Best RFID Implementation award for a system that manages pallets of slate from production to warehouse, and on through the shipping process. This session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE!, explains why the system was deployed, as well as the benefits the company receives.

Speaker: Knut Fossum, Manager of Production, Minera Norge

Michelin Adds Value by Embedding RFID in Truck Tires

Michelin North America is developing and testing solutions that will enable transponders to stick with a tire casing throughout its life. In this session, learn how the company is using radio frequency identification to add value to the tires it provides to its customers in the commercial-trucking industry. Hear how the firm has successfully employed RFID in pilot projects, as well as its plans for future uses of the technology.

Speaker: Chris Tolbert, Business Segment Manager, Commercial Truck Tires, Michelin

Automating Asset Management, Orders With RFID

Three years after deploying passive 125 kHz RFID tags to track its tool usage, the Byrne Group, a U.K. concrete substructure construction firm, has expanded its use of the system to identify users of its 16,000 assets—including tools, excavators, trailers and other heavy equipment, as well as consumables, such as gloves and boots—across its numerous construction projects. The company is also using the technology to manage the online ordering of those assets. In this session, hear how the firm, which is employing 125 kHz RFID to expedite shipments of equipment and supplies to its workers, as well as to track usage, expects to recoup its investment by 2011.

Speaker: Matthew Preston, Group IT Director, Byrne Group

Using RFID to Overcome Rugged Conditions

Schneider Electric, a global energy-management company headquartered in France, needs to know the status of its parts and equipment at all times. The company's products are placed in very harsh environments with high voltage and high current that prohibit the use of wired sensors. Its equipment is often installed in areas in which no wires can be added and no battery can be used. In this session, hear how Schneider is developing a system that employs RFID tags, along with wireless and battery-less sensors, to reduce costs in challenging conditions.

Speaker: Dr. Fabrice Roudet, Technical Project Leader and Wireless Communications Expert, Schneider Electric

Kimberly-Clark Uses RFID to Improve Shipping Accuracy at Manufacturing Plants

Kimberly-Clark conducted a pilot program at one of its plants that produce non-woven materials used in the manufacture of Huggies-brand diapers. The pilot showed a decrease in shipping errors, as well as a reduction in loading times. In this session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE! 2009, K-C explains how it employed passive RFID tags to track the finished materials as they came off the machine and were shipped to the company's manufacturing plants.

Speaker: Matthew Hudgins, Operations Consultant, Kimberly-Clark

Real-World RFID for Supply-Chain Optimization at Monsanto

Senior executives need to understand RFID’s growing importance for supply chain efficiency, inventory accuracy and reverse logistics throughout the lifecycle of each product. Using RFID to enhance its retail replenishment strategy, agricultural company Monsanto can now track its products with unprecedented levels of granularity, utilizing item-level tagging across its enterprise. In this session, the company will share how it employs RFID to make the most efficient and effective use of existing resources and how it developed this strategy.

Speaker: William Schulz, Global Supply Chain Continuous Improvement/Optimization Lead, Monsanto

Additional Presentations Included on the DVD:

3D Printing and RFID: A New Industrial Revolution

As technology advances in capability and quality, traditional manufacturers are turning to 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM), not as a replacement for high-volume manufacturing, but as a research tool and a low-volume solution. AM has the potential to radically change business and engineering processes in the next decade, as some organizations have been discovering, through the use of rapid prototyping (RP). The growth of 3D printing for prototyping, final production and other applications is important to the RFID industry because it can fundamentally change how products are manufactured. This evolution will bring both new manufacturing techniques and RFID technology to smaller firms that traditionally would have viewed either option as out of reach. Learn how RFID is currently being used as a complementary technology to enhance 3D printing, and how it can expand the horizons of the RFID industry in the future.

Speaker: Michael Ochi, Graduate Student Researcher and Teaching Assistant, California Polytechnic State University

Choosing the Right RFID Technology for Manufacturing

Manufacturers are using RFID technology for a wide array of applications, including tracking parts bins, returnable transport containers, tools, work-in-process, finished goods inventory and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each applications, while building out an infrastructure for tracking and better managing other assets, requires a clearly thought out strategy. This session outlines the steps manufacturers need to take to take to choose the right technology for today—and for tomorrow.

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Developing an RFID Strategy for Manufacturing

RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term needs. This session will explain how to create a long-term strategy that can enable businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a wide variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term.

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Best Practices for RFID in Manufacturing Operations: Lessons Learned From 100+ Deployments

RFID is now synonymous with process automation for manufacturers across multiple industries. What do successful deployments have in common? And where does operational visibility provide the greatest payoff? This session will walk through deployment considerations based on real-world manufacturing deployments in the aerospace, defense, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options for work-in-process (WIP) tracking, tool tracking and materials management will be discussed, to accompany a deployment guide that will be distributed to all attendees.

Speaker: Jonathan Gregory, A & D Program Manager, OATSystems, a Division of Checkpoint Systems

Choosing the Right RFID Tool-Tracking Systems to Save Time and Money

In many industries—including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas exploration and production, and farming—a fully automated RFID tool-tracking system can eliminate human errors, freeing up workers to perform their primary jobs without worrying about the tools needed to do so. In this session, learn how to choose which technology will work best in your particular operating environment.

Speaker: Maurizio Turri, Lab Manager, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas

Minimizing Picking Errors With RFID

Order-picking is one of the most important processes in internal logistics, and can impact the customer-supplier relationship regarding quality and timely deliveries. In this session, learn how a preset scenario in which an automated high rack supports pick-by-light picking spots, as well as the possible application of innovative identification and measurement systems for monitoring a pick process in order to minimize errors, has been implemented at one facility. Hear how identification and measurement technologies, such as RFID, scanning and weighting, have been combined with suitable sensors to facilitate an evaluation in a lab-based scenario.

Speaker: Dieter Uckelmann, Manager RFID-Application and Demonstration Center, BIBA-IPS, Log Dynamics Lab

RFID as a Lean Tool in Manufacturing

Many still consider radio frequency identification an emerging technology, but the reality is that RFID is a stable technology that can make a real impact for businesses today—not just 10 years down the road. The key to using RFID as a lean tool is the education and buy-in of operations-level IT technicians and production support-staff members. Learn how to introduce your operations staff to the uses, constraints and applications of RFID, and gain an understanding of how the technology can make a difference in your day-to-day obligations for operational improvement.

Speaker: Jeremy Mercer

Important Considerations in Choosing RFID Tags for Manufacturing WIP Applications

RFID tags are the heart of an RFID solution—the performance and reliability of a tag are critical to achieving successful read rates and accomplishing a solution's stated ROI. There are many considerations customers need to make in selecting the proper RFID technology for their manufacturing solutions, including a tag's expected lifespan, the environment, read distance requirements, the movement of assets between facilities and geographic regions, and cost. This session will examine each of these considerations, with a specific focus on active versus passive technologies, and also explore the feature sets available to each.

Speaker: Andre Cote, CTO and VP Product Marketing, Omni-ID

Building the Lean Enterprise

Recent economic turmoil has magnified the need for lean, targeted operations across many industries. The traditional concept of lean manufacturing—eliminating waste and creating more value with less work—presents significant opportunities for RFID technologies. This session will explore the integral role of RFID-enabled systems in creating a lean enterprise to meet—and exceed—the high expectations of today's consumer. The maturation of radio frequency identification and its proven ability to solve real business problems have led to increased reliability, greater ease of use and streamlined implementations for organizations in a variety of sectors. Attendees will hear firsthand about the power of RFID to create a lean enterprise today .

Speaker: Jim Caudill, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Xterprise

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