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RFID in Supply Chain and Logistics Case Studies DVD

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Supply Chain and Logistics Case Studies Included on the DVD:

Reducing Inventory-Management Costs With 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—such as components for which tags were printed at the warehouse, but that did not arrive at the plant within the anticipated span of time.

Speaker: Reuben Thurman, IT Operations Analyst, Ingersoll Rand

RFID Tracks Chemical Inventory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the largest science and energy national laboratories in the United States, is monitoring its inventory of chemicals within 1,200 individual storage areas via RFID technology. The solution, consisting of passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags, handheld readers, printers and software, allows laboratory managers and technicians to accomplish inventory checks within a matter of hours, as opposed to the days required to track the same materials via bar-code labels and scanners. As each new chemical is received, data is input into the system, after which staff members print an RFID tag with a unique ID number encoded to it, and that same number is printed on the front, both in text format and as a 2-D bar code. The adhesive tag is then applied either to the container itself, such as a bottle or canister, or to a zip-lock bag in which the vial or container is placed. Learn how the system saves time by about 80 percent. And hear about other uses for the technology, including the management of construction materials coming from multiple countries for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a fusion energy project funded by seven member entities: the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

Speaker: Jeff Sickau, HMMP Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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

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

Accord Carton 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 plans to expand the system's use by installing an RFID reader at the loading dock, in order 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. Hear how it can also share that data with its customers, enabling them to view which products have been manufactured by inputting an order number linked to specific pallet IDs, and thereby learning whether those cartons are in storage or have been shipped.

Speakers: William Codo, Vice President, Accord Carton

Serialization and Traceability: What It Takes to Pilot

Preparing to pilot serialization and traceability with your wholesale distributor presents many challenges. Learn how McKesson worked with manufacturers to test products and processes within a serialized environment. Hear how the company faced a number of issues, including serialization at the item, case and container levels; the aggregation of individual units to a case, and of cases to a container managing serialized data; data exchange; and more.

Speaker: Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson

Speedy Automates Tool and Equipment Rental Trailers with RFID

Speedy Services, a provider of rental tools and equipment to the construction and industrial services industry within the United Kingdom, has created a self-service equipment storage and rental solution. The RFID-enabled onsite mobile equipment pod offers flexible hours to accommodate customers, and enables workers to rent the equipment they need, while unused tools remain in the trailer. Tools leaving or returning to the pod are automatically tracked, and rental fees are assessed by means of embedded RFID tags and a fixed UHF RFID reader integrated into the pod. Learn how the pod's tracking systems automatically update a customer's account on Speedy's My Speedy extranet system, thereby offering the customer full visibility regarding its current usage and incurred charges.

Speakers: Graham Fenton, Managing Director, Codegate Ltd.
Glyn Matthews, Senior IT Project Manager, Innovations, Speedy Services

Seminole County Government Lowers the Cost of Managing Inventory With RFID

The purchasing division of Florida's Seminole County has attached EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags to 10,000 of its most valuable assets, so that it can swiftly conduct inventory throughout its 130 facilities and offices. The solution reduces the costs of managing inventory to the county by 34 percent, and also decreases costs to the managers of other county departments that utilize those same assets. Learn how the system also locates underused assets during spot-checks, thereby enabling them to be put to work in another location, or be sold.

Speaker: Betsy J. Cohen, C.P.M., CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Administrator, Purchasing and Contracts Office, Seminole County Government

Brazilian Air Force Boosts Efficiency of Its Air Logistics Center

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has modernized the operations of its Centro Logístico da Aeronáutica (CELOG), or Air Logistics Center, which is responsible for managing the monthly purchase of thousands of tons of materials. In order to increase its agility and operational efficiency, CELOG put in place a warehouse-automation project using radio frequency identification technology. Learn how the organization is using EPC RFID tags to reduce the time required to load cargo, from an average of 3.5 days down to 3 hours, and has also increased productivity by 600 percent.

Speaker: Rogers Ascef, Lieutenant Colonel and Ph.D. Candidate, Information Sciences Ph.D., Brazilian Air Force; Naval Postgraduate School

RFID-Enabled Vests Improve Visibility and Traceability

The FAA requires a physical count on each seat in an aircraft, to verify the existence of required life vests. EAM Worldwide, a manufacturer of aviation life vests and life rafts, is embedding rugged RFID tags in life vest products, in order to automate compliance, maintenance and inventory-management tasks. The use of RFID-enabled vests and a hand-held scanner enables airlines to verify on-board life vest inventory within seconds, streamlining the compliance audit process, as well as improving audit accuracy. Learn how the data collected onboard can be forwarded to the organization's inventory-management systems, where issues such as inventory losses and upcoming service requirements can be identified and addressed.

Speakers: John Hatzis, Senior Software Developer, EAM RFID Solutions

Open-Source and Off-the-Shelf: Using UHF RFID Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency

Learn how UHF RFID technology automates the check-in of library materials (with an RFID reader in the return box), manages checkout more quickly (a stack of materials can be read simultaneously) and provides a security gate that not only interrogates the tags of any unchecked-out items being removed from the library, but also identifies them for the staff. In addition, hear how the system verifies that all parts of multi-piece media are present at checkout and check-in, while also enabling personnel to locate or inventory materials on the shelves using a handheld reader or a portable interrogator on a wheeled cart.

Speaker: Marla Ehlers, Assistant Director, Grand Rapids Public Library

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. The firm is using a permanent rubberized patch tag for retread tires, a disposable adhesive RFID tag for new tires, and handheld and fixed readers to track the tires through the retread and storage processes. 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

Online Supermarket Provides On-Time Delivery With RFID

Spanish online supermarket Tudespensa.com delivers food, household cleaning supplies, toiletries and other products to customers throughout Spain, from its central warehouse located in Madrid. Tudespensa.com can ensure that goods picked and loaded using an automated system are delivered properly, by reading RFID tags on the totes in which those items are packed. To ensure that the high volume of goods are delivered quickly, and at the scheduled time and place, DLR, the firm's provider of controlled temperature-storage and order-picking warehouse services, employs RFID to help it load ordered goods into the proper delivery vehicle and in the correct sequence. Learn how the same process occurs if an unexpected tote is being loaded onto a vehicle, thereby allowing management to stop the process and correct any errors.

Speakers: Jose Vicente Caballero, Logistics Manager, DLR;
Luis Felipe Marin Marquez, Technical Director, Tudespensa

Kingston University Automates Inventory Control Via RFID

Kingston University is employing an RFID-enabled solution to automate its after-hours return process, as well as to conduct inventory counts of 2,000 pieces of media equipment that it loans out to students and staff members. The solution enables borrowers to return goods outside of business hours, by placing items into RFID-enabled lockers, and also reduces the amount of time required for personnel to take inventory of items stored in the equipment stockroom. When students or staff need to return a piece of equipment, they proceed to a cabinet composed of multiple lockers, enter the equipment into an available locker, close the door and tap their ID card next to the high-frequency (HF) reader on the locker door. The reader then interrogates the ID number of the card, locks the locker for that user, and registers via a database who has locked the locker and what it contains. An e-mail is also sent to the card owner confirming what has been placed into the locker. Upon returning to work at the beginning of the next business day, employees retrieve all equipment from the cabinets and place those items in the storage area, along with all the other goods. Learn how the solution has increased satisfaction and streamlined inventory control by saving staff time.

Speaker: David Rimmer, Faculty Technical Manager, Kingston University

DLA Uses RFID-enabled Distribution to Support the U.S. War Efforts

By leveraging the relationships of its suppliers and customers, using new and exciting technologies, and integrating RFID into more of its logistics footprint and processes, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing improved visibility beyond just receiving goods into inventory. In this session, learn how this capability will deliver improved availability, trust, responsiveness, speed and efficiency within the defense supply chain to support the war effort.

Speaker: Mark Lieberman, Program Manager, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

Automating the Littoral Combat Ship Support Container Inventory Process With RFID

Speed in responding to threats is vital to a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which must be able to quickly replenish an existing mission package or swap out for a new one. The presence of a critical maintenance item for a required piece of equipment within a container can mean the difference between the success or failure of a mission. Learn how the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is automating its LCS support container inventory process. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Mine Countermeasures Systems for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Advanced Flight Mission Package Program, the Mission Package Automated Inventory Information System (MPAIIS) uses government-developed software and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and passive RFID tags to form a comprehensive inventory system. MPAIIS offers warfighters an incredible advantage, and provides inventory control, configuration management and asset tracking, with high accuracy and fast response times. By utilizing MPAIIS, a warfighter can be assured that he or she will always have the proper tool in the correct place at the right time.

Speaker: Ryan Mabry, Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)

City Uses RFID to Manage Pay-as-You-Throw Program

Residents in the City of Lakeland, Fla., pay for refuse service on a utility bill based on the size and number of containers that a customer selects for service provided by the city. The use of an RFID-enabled solution provides visibility into Lakeland's day-to-day refuse-collection operations, as well as the ability to monitor individual customer collections with minimal driver involvement. Learn how the municipality has increased revenue recovered from households that previously might not have been charged for the services received. Additional benefits include increased recycling, reduced landfill tipping fees, a reduction in lost operational productivity due to collecting containers not tied to a paying customer, and the elimination of a paper ticket system for bulk collections left around containers.

Speaker: Gordon Harper, Solid Waste Supervisor, City of Lakeland Public Works

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

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

Thinking Outside the Carton: Using RFID for Document Management

Trying to accurately locate a single file within a warehouse containing hundreds of thousands of cartons of documents, stacked six stories high, can be a daunting process, regardless of how meticulous the filing system. Learn how Recall Corp., a global leader in document storage, secure document destruction, digital document management and data protection, is using radio frequency identification for records management, making the proverbial "needle in the haystack" quantifiably easier to find.

Speaker: Jonathan Poole, RFID Manager, Recall Corporation

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)

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

Patrizia Pepe Improves Supply Chain Visibility Via RFID

Patrizia Pepe, an Italian fashion brand of Tessilform S.p.A., has doubled the efficiency of the intake and shipping of its apparel as the garments are processed at the company's three distribution centers, while its tagged clothing can also be read at some stores by customers looking to learn more about the products. Following the RFID solution's installation at all three DCs, employees are now able to handle 380 to 400 items per hour. Previously, when shipping goods to retailers, the DCs could process only 140 products hourly, but they now can ship out approximately 330. The RFID system has also increased accuracy, thereby ensuring that incorrect products are not shipped to retailers, and that out-of-stocks are less likely to occur due to inaccurate inventory counts. Learn how the company uses RFID at some stores to display product information, thereby encouraging sales. When a customer carries clothing past informational video totems located near the dressing room entrances at each of four stores—three located in the Italian cities of Rome, Florence and Milan, and a fourth in Moscow, Russia—two LCD touch screens play videos of models wearing the clothing, and offer advice regarding other items or accessories that might combine well with that garment.

Speakers: Lorenzo Tazzi, Information Technology Manager, Tessilform SpA

RFID Delivers Visibility and Improved ROI for CPG Manufacturers

Norsk Lastbærer Pool (NLP), established by Norwegian consumer products goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers to manage a nationwide pool of pallets, is transitioning to plastic pallets and crates with embedded UHF RFID tags. This allows companies to track when tagged pallets are packed, shipped, received at distribution centers and shipped again to retailers. The firm is also utilizing RFID within its own operations. Learn how the RFID pallet program is delivering real supply chain benefits to CPG companies.

Speakers: Tom Romanich, Business Manager, Norsk Lastbærer Pool

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.

Speakers: Knut Rinden, Marketing Manager, Strømbergs Plast AS

Grupo Vidrala Improves Efficiency and Reduce Errors With RFID

Grupo Vidrala, a manufacturer of glass containers used by the food and agriculture industries, is employing an RFID system—with EPC Gen 2 readers installed on forklifts, and tags affixed to loaded pallets—at three of its factories, in order to improve efficiency by tracking products from the point of production to when the goods are loaded onto trucks destined for customers. The Spanish-based 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. The firm's 13 glass-melting furnaces have the combined capacity to produce more than 3.5 billion containers. After introducing a SAP software system at all of its facilities, Vidrala began seeking other technology solutions that could tie into that warehouse-management system, in order to improve efficiency and be able to track every pallet. 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.

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

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.

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

Asset Management in the U.S. Air Force: Using RFID in the Global Supply Chain

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Program Office is responsible for promoting the use of RFID-based automatic-identification technology within the U.S. Air Force (USAF). This presentation will provide an update regarding the USAF's passive RFID program, with emphasis on employing the technology to support the tracking of critical assets, as well as an integrated approach between passive RFID, bar codes and wireless handheld terminals in base supply.

Speakers: Mark Reboulet, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Air Force

RFID Lowers Costs—and Risks—in Port Operations

Edison Chouest Offshore, C Logistics Division, a provider of integrated supply-management solutions for drilling, production and construction projects , is using RFID at its facility in Port Fourchon, La., to improve customer service delivery and processing times, as well as inventory accuracy for vendor staging areas. Learn how RFID is helping to reduce expenses and solve the critical issues of staging, manpower, space, loading, scheduling and logistics for oil drilling and production operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaker: Dane Vizier, General Manager, Edison Chouest Offshore, C-Logistics Division

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

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

Saving Time and Improving Efficiencies by Locating Tools With RFID

Medtronic's Electronic System Design (ESD) division is using an RFID system developed in-house to locate more than 2,600 electronic tools in use at its three laboratories. The system, which uses passive UHF tags, enables workers to quickly locate oscilloscopes, meters and other devices, and document which items left the labs and who took them. Hear how the system has saved workers thousands of hours previously spent searching for the missing equipment.

Speaker: Carl Closmore, Lab Supervisor, Medtronic

Container Centralen Uses RFID to Reduce Costs and Combat Counterfeiting

Horticultural logistics supplier Container Centralen has fitted all 3.5 million of its plant trolleys (known as CC Containers) in Europe with EPC Gen 2 RFID tags, as part of an effort to better control the company's inventory and reduce shrinkage and counterfeiting. In this session, learn how RFID is facilitating track-and-trace processes, eliminating counterfeiting, automating ordering and reducing the amount of paperwork.

Speaker: Sonny Costin, U.S. President, Container Centralen

Using RFID to Track the Locations of Reusable Kegs

Each month, Free Flow Wines sells 200 to 300 kegs of Silvertap wine, which is shipped via distributors to restaurants and bars throughout the United States. The company is using RFID to track the kegs as they leave its cellars, as well as empty containers as they arrive and are cleaned and then refilled. Hear how the automated tracking solution reduced the number of lost kegs, how the system ensures that kegs are properly cleaned and reused in a timely manner, and how all casks could quickly be located in the event of a recall.

Speaker: Jordan Kivelstadt, Founder, Director of Production, Free Flow Wines

Improving Operations in the Distribution Center With RFID

McKesson Corp., a health-care services and information technology firm, is piloting the use of mobile RFID readers at its distribution centers. Learn why the firm has chosen to pilot the mobile RFID readers, and hear about the approach that it has taken to reduce the amount of data traffic across its DCs' wireless network using these mobile readers. The presenter will also discuss the company's use of SGLN-96 RFID tags to ensure that location data can be derived using the mobile RFID readers.

Speaker: Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson

RFID Delivers ROI within Months for Food Producer

Mission Foods, a division of GRUMA S.A., one of the world’s largest producers of corn flour and tortilla products, was losing thousands of trays annually, at a cost of approximately $3.5 million. The company deployed an RFID-based tracking system that enables it to keep tabs on which independent distributors remove trays from its warehouse at any given time, as well as which return them, thereby providing greater accountability for missing trays. Hear how the firm realized a return on its investment within a few months of the implementation.

Speaker: Eduardo J. Valdes, VP of Mission Foods, GRUMA SA

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

Auto Importer Uses RFID to Reduce Labor Costs and Expedite Vehicle Movement

Colmobil, Israel's largest automobile importer, is employing an RFID system to decrease labor costs and expedite the processing of those vehicles as they are brought into the country at two ports. The company imports 35,000 to 45,000 cars every year, and sells them at 45 dealerships throughout the nation. The cars are brought into the Port of Eilat and the Port of Ashdod, where they are stored until they can be removed from the port's storage parking lot and shipped to Colmobil's pre-delivery inspection (PDI) facility. At the storage parking lot, each automobile is identified by its vehicle identification number (VIN), printed in text and bar-code form on a sheet of paper glued to the car's rear-left passenger window. The firm permanently fits each new vehicle with a 3/4-inch by 4-inch EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag as it is being unloaded from the ship. In this session, learn how the staff uses a handheld computer coupled with an RFID interrogator and a bar-code scanner to locate and confirm they have the correct car before picking it up. Hear how the technology is being utilized to accurately determine final detailing, safety inspections and registration with the motor vehicle license bureau, and to provide that information to customers.

Speaker: Gil Katz, CIO, Colmobil Corp.

Adopting EPC RFID Technology for the European Pallet Association

EPAL is reducin administration costs by automating the licencing fee, reducing the amount of counterfeit pallets, improving the identification of black markets and increasing customer satisfaction through its use of RFID. In this session, hear how this project will change the logistics world and boost the adoption of RFID in Europe. Gain an understanding of the importance of GS1's RTI pallet-tagging guidelines, and learn how EPAL has assumed a leadership role in their creation and implementation.

Speaker: Harry Jacobi, CEO, European Pallet Association (EPAL)

Tracking Medical and Surgical Supplies With RFID

Radio frequency identification can be employed within a military hospital in numerous ways. The challenge is to find the applications that best benefit the organization. In this session, obtain a comprehensive overview of how RFID is currently being utilized in the U.S. military, and how the U.S. Department of Defense is evaluating the possibilities of implementing the technology within the Military Health System over the coming years.

Speaker: Garry D. Duvall, Civilian Deployment Manager & RFID Project Officer, Services Support, Logistics Department, Defense Health Services Systems, US Army

RFID Journal Award 2010 for Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service: Almacafe

Almacafé, the coffee-warehousing subsidiary of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, was selected for the Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service for a system that delivers traceability of Colombian specialty coffees from the farm to the consumer.

Speaker: Carlos Velasco, Head Trader, Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Columbia

Air Canada Cargo Pilots RFID to Track Cargo and Mail

Air Canada Cargo has been conducting a pilot to test RFID edge-layer and messaging capabilities that, when implemented, would provide the infrastructure and applications necessary to perform real-time tracking of shipments with minimal human intervention, as well as provide end users with a single interface, and send tracking information to postal authorities. This presentation will provide a pilot overview, including objectives and potential solutions.

Speakers:Andre Forest, Manager, Cargo Information and Technology, Air Canada Cargo
Barbara Johnston, General Manager of Postal Affairs, Air Canada Cargo

Improving Operations in the Distribution Center With RFID

McKesson Corp., a health-care services and information technology firm, is piloting the use of mobile RFID readers at its distribution centers. Learn why the firm has chosen to pilot the mobile RFID readers, and hear about the approach that it has taken to reduce the amount of data traffic across its DCs' wireless network using these mobile readers. The presenter will also discuss the company's use of SGLN-96 RFID tags to ensure that location data can be derived using the mobile RFID readers.

Speaker: Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson

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

Nestlé Waters Reduces Vehicle Maintenance Costs

Nestlé Waters North America, a leading bottled-water firm, has deployed a wireless vehicle-management system at two sites, with expansion planned to more than 100 locations globally. The system has helped the company to improve its supply chain productivity by establishing accountability for the use of industrial vehicles (such as forklifts). In addition, it has also allowed the firm to streamline its material-handling workflow and provide unique metrics regarding industrial vehicle utilization.

Speaker: Nikhil Prasad, Logistics Manager, Nestlé Waters North America

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