RFID in Aerospace Case Studies DVD

This DVD contains 30 end users case studes presented at live or online events hosted by RFID Journal. You can purchase the DVD for just $29—a $20 discount off the regular retail price. Just choose this selection from the Add-Ons section when you register for RFID Journal LIVE! 2017.

Here are the titles, session descriptions and speakers for the presentations on this 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


The RFID-Enabled Smart Factory

Airbus is revolutionizing manufacturing by using passive and active RFID technologies and other intelligent technologies to provide real-time visibility into the tracking of work-in-progress, parts, kits, tools and more. Real-time data flows through a single platform, offering operators and plant managers the ability to view a virtual representation of what is occurring on the shop floor. Learn how Airbus is bringing together these different systems to create an integrated, seamless, smart factory.

Speaker: Trevor Stone, Head of Non-Flyable Projects, Value Chain Visibility & RFID Programme, Airbus


Delta Air Lines Uses RFID in MRO and Security Operations

Delta Air Lines operates an extensive domestic and international network, with more than 5,000 flights daily and approximately 80,000 employees. The airline has used RFID in its maintenance operation for more than two years, tagging emergency equipment in the cabin that must be on every plane and must not be expired—oxygen generators, life vests, portable oxygen bottles, first-aid kits, medical kits, defibrillators, fire suppression squibs, and so forth. RFID replaces repeated date inspections and allows Delta to get the maximum life out of an asset before removing it from service. Additional projects are planned to use RFID for internal distribution, identifying and tracking tire inventory, and other projects. Learn how Delta is currently testing an RFID application to improve TSA security checks in Atlanta, Detroit and Tokyo, with eventual expansion planned for the entire fleet.

Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, Delta Air Lines


Tracking Sound and Vibration Levels Via RFID

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is employing RFID to capture data regarding vibration, as well as gauge the acoustic emissions, during space shuttle and rocket launches at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located at Patrick Air Force Base. Active RFID sensor tags are being used to transmit data to a reader and a PC, where the information can be reviewed in order to determine the sound and vibration levels generated by a rocket launch. The solution consists of active 2.4 GHz RFID tags with built-in sensors that capture the vibrations resulting at different areas surrounding a launch pad during liftoff. Learn how NASA uses the data to gain a greater understanding of the sound waves emitted from launches, and to better predict any potential damage that the waves might cause to equipment and structures within the area. Gain an understanding of how the technology may be used in the future to improve mission safety.

Speaker: Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, Aerospace Engineer, Safety, International Space Station (ISS) , NASA


Fulfilling Air Transport Association Customer Mandates to Commission High Memory Tags

Rockwell Collins has implemented a wireless, enterprise resource planning (ERP)-integrated solution to write multiple birth-record data elements to high-memory passive tags for avionics installed on the Airbus A350 platform. In this session, learn about the background leading up to the project, and how the firm chose the correct approach. Understand how Rockwell Collins managed RFID integrator engagement, as well as hardware, Web services, ERP and wireless integration, while incorporating the challenges of emerging standards.

Speakers: Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins;
Lloyd V. Whiting, II, Principal Business Integration Analyst, Service and Asset Management, Rockwell Collins


TAP Expands RFID Strategy to Include Ground Service Equipment, Tools and Airbus A350's Entry Into Service

TAP Portugal is the country's leading airline, and its TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) division has incorporated RFID technology into its daily engine-maintenance operations via the Mobile Enabled Engine Repair Application (MEERA). The purpose was to track and trace parts in the engine workshop, to provide increased efficiency, a strong return on investment and a starting point for the implementation of other RFID processes within the organization. Learn how TAP is using RFID on ground support equipment (GSE) and tooling in aircraft maintenance, in order to track misplaced equipment, optimize inter-building transport and minimize airport security issues. In addition, hear how the technology is being utilized to support the entry into service (EIS) of the Airbus A350, the first aircraft to be RFID-enabled from the ground up, with approximately 3,000 RFID-tagged component parts on each airplane.

Speaker: Fernando Ferreira Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance and Engineering


ATK Uses RFID to Create a "Visual Factory"

Moving from the decades-old practice of fabricating aircraft from discrete metal components to building aerostructures by cutting, forming and curing advanced composite materials, has produced a shift in the manufacturing paradigm for aerospace companies. ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products manufacturing company, is using RFID to improve process efficiency. 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.

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


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


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.

Panelists: Panelists: 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


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.

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


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


RFID Applications in Boeing 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 in both the production and maintenance phases of the lifecycle brings significant value to all stakeholders within the aviation ecosystem, including airlines, the supply chain and airframe manufacturers. 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 on several aircraft parts 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.

Speakers: Lois Hill, Technical Operations Manager, RFID Integrated Solutions, Boeing CAS Information Services, Boeing; Anil Kumar, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing


RFID in Aerospace and Defense: Driving Visibility From Manufacturing to MRO

Many of the most complex manufacturing and supply chain operations are in the aerospace and defense sector, in which component parts and finished goods need to be tracked across their entire lifecycle—from initial manufacture to time in service. RFID can play a critical role in process efficiency, by automating part marking, supply chain management, tool tracking, work-in-process tracking and aircraft maintenance. A panel of aerospace and defense OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers will share best practices for automating processes with RFID, based on their own implementations. They will also discuss how the technology can address emerging industry trends, including supply chain integration, ATA Spec 2000 and U.S. Department of Defense initiatives.

Speakers: Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins; Aaron Druyvesteyn, Manager of Logistics, Bell Helicopter; Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus; Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Professor, MIT; Co-founder, Auto-ID Center at MIT, Chairman, Board of Governors, EPCglobal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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


TAP saves more than € 2.5 million on MRO with RFID

TAP Portugal is the country's leading airline, and its TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) division has incorporated RFID technology into its daily engine-maintenance operations, developed in partnership with MEGASIS (a TAP group company), as well as Airbus, Accenture and OATSystems. This is the first time that a maintenance and repair organization (MRO) has integrated RFID technology into its production process in order to track aircraft engine components undergoing maintenance. Learn how the solution, known as Mobile Enabled Engine Repair Application (MEERA), has resulted in increased efficiencies in labor-intensive operations within a complex series of processes requiring hundreds of engine components to be removed, cleaned, repaired and reassembled. MEERA provides TAP M&E with full real-time visibility into its component-tracking process, from the disassembly cycle to engine reassembly, generating operational efficiencies and providing full and more secure tracking.

Speaker: Fernando Ferreira Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance and Engineering


RFID Saves Time, Improves Safety at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Even a small tool left on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center could potentially damage a spacecraft during liftoff, thereby jeopardizing a mission. To prevent assets from being left behind by workers, Boeing has employed a real-time location system. Hear how the system reduces the time spent inventorying tools, by enabling staff members to search for a specific tool, or to perform an inventory of all tagged items at the facility, quickly and cost-effectively, thus reducing labor costs and increasing flight safety.

Speaker: Philip Lintereur, Boeing Fluids, Avonics and Propulsion Systems Manager, Boeing


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, Boeing


Improving Inventory Control With RFID at NASA's Langley Research Center

Since installing an RFID system for tracking 3,000 pieces of equipment at its data center, offices and laboratory, NASA’s Langley Research Center has reduced the time required for inventory counts from three weeks to a single day. Learn how the United States' first civilian aeronautics lab is using EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tags attached to equipment, as well as racks and entranceways, so that the system can alert workers to any discrepancy in location, and enable them to pinpoint a missing item by inputting it into a handheld reader that beeps louder as it gets closer to the item.

Speaker: Steven Mercier, Senior Systems Engineer, Langley Research Center, NASA


Lufthansa Technik Saves by Using RFID for Logistics and Maintenance

Lufthansa Technik, a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civilian aircraft, has implemented an RFID solution for tracking aircraft components through its maintenance processes. In this session, learn the latest information about how the company’s RFID initiative, which uses passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) technology permanently on parts, is reducing costs and improving logistics and maintenance processes.

Speaker: Carsten Sowa, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik


Tracking Engine Maintenance With RFID at Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Engine Services—Atlantic (VAESA) is using an RFID-based solution to gain visibility of aircraft engine components as they pass through various departments for repair. When an engine arrives at the facility for repairs or maintenance, each component could undergo a complex route that includes cleaning, inspection and repair, with the work taking place on as many as a dozen different machines and stations. Tracking every component is absolutely critical; if even a single part is missing, delays can result, caused by manual searches for that item and its order paperwork. Find out how, following a six-month pilot that yielded 100 percent tag read rates, the firm is tracking engine components by means of fixed reader portals, desktop interrogators at workstations, and EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags affixed to equipment paperwork.

Speaker: Jonathon Bonnell, Process Development Engineer, Vector Aerospace Engine Services – Atlantic


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


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


Airbus Reveals the Benefits of an Enterprise Approach to RFID

Airbus, the 2008 RFID Journal Award winner 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 benefits. The head of the company's RFID program will explain some ways in which Airbus leverages its RFID "business radar," as well as some of the benefits the technology helps to deliver.

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


Improving Inventory Accuracy at Luke AFB With RFID

The 56th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., replaced a bar-code tracking system at its 25,000-square-foot storage warehouse with an RFID solution, to better manage equipment inventory for staff members on the base and personnel deployed abroad. Hear how the system generates an inventory list at the supply desk, thereby providing inventory traceability and minimizing the time needed to process and log inventory levels.

Speaker: Matthew F. Owen, Resource Advisor, Luke Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force


Boeing Leverages RFID to Improve Supply Chains

Logistics command and control is the fusing of logistics information into a common operating picture to drive efficiency and effectiveness from factory to foxhole. Boeing's Advanced Global Services and Support division has been employing radio frequency identification and other technologies to provide knowledge-based logistics services to both private- and public-sector enterprises. In this session, learn how Boeing is utilizing RFID and other technologies to improve the tracking and distribution of equipment, spare parts and personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as for other government and non-government agencies, and how the company plans to use the same technologies and systems to improve its own operations.

Speaker: Charles Fletcher, Director, Logistics Command and Control, Boeing


Tracking Assets in Boeing's Rotor Wing Facility

At Boeing's Rotor Wing facility, located in Ridley Park, Penn., an RFID-based asset-tracking solution was deployed to track composite parts, kits and materials in different workflow processing areas along the Chinook CH-47 and V-22 assembly lines. The collected data is used to monitor and manage the workflow process in real time, yielding significant operational improvements. The location of composite aircraft components is also tracked in real time via Visi-Trac, in zones throughout the facility. Boeing achieved a momentous milestone with this system in January 2009, when its one-millionth unique passive kit tag was read.

Speakers: Susan Jordan, Technology Integration Manager, Engineering Operations and Technology, Boeing; Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution, Inc.


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

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

Speaker: Mark Reboulet, AIT Program Manager, United States Air Force


How Spirit Aerosystems Benefits from Active and Passive RFID Systems

Spirit AeroSystems, a Wichita-based supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components, uses 120 passive RFID readers mainly located in fabrication areas, as well as an active RFID system, to cover its 10 million-sq.-ft. manufacturing campus, for shop order tracking, transportation order tracking, tracking parts entering tanks of freezers and other applications. Hear how the company benefits from both passive and active RFID, and the lessons it has learned as it deployed one of the most sophisticated manufacturing RFID systems in the United States.

Speaker: Debbie Fogg, RFID Projects Manager, Spirit Aerosystems


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


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


Additional Presentations Included on the DVD:

Automated Identification Technology for Greater Visibility of Aircraft Parts and SCM Optimization

Fujitsu is introducing new RFID tags and related software and services for aircraft parts suppliers worldwide. The offering is in full compliance with the aviation industry's rigorous environmental resistance standards, as well as ATA's Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5. Delivering on the promises of RFID, Fujitsu's offering allows for a more effective management of individual parts, as well as accurate traceability throughout each part's lifecycle. Learn how the technology enables a faster delivery cycle and a reduction of stock shortages, thanks to greater visibility of parts in the supply chain.

Speaker: Toshiya Sato, VP, AIT Solution Business Division, Fujitsu Ltd.


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


RFID Case Studies in Complex Manufacturing: Multi-Facility Assembly, Advanced Composites and Indirect Materials

Industrial Manufacturing processes are becoming increasingly complex, and RFID and real-time location system (RTLS) technologies are playing a key role in managing them effectively. Newly reshored manufacturing operations are being co-located with research and development. Capital goods are being manufactured across multiple facilities and international borders. Advanced composites are shifting operations from discrete to process manufacturing. Product innovation has resulted in a proliferation of indirect materials. End customers are demanding custom products and visibility into production schedules. This poses both new opportunities and challenges for manufacturers, which are adding RFID-enabled work-in-process tracking, materials management, tooling-tracking, fabrication and inspection processes to their current operations. This session will discuss real-world examples of how RFID is helping manufacturers automate these processes, from managing multi-facility assembly processes to tracking perishable composite materials , custom orders, tooling and indirect materials. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options will be discussed.

Speaker: Chris Forgione, Senior Director of Asset Tracking, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems


How RFID Provides Dependable Management and Traceability of Aircraft Parts

Fujitsu has expanded and enhanced its automated identification technology (AIT) solution for aircraft parts suppliers worldwide, enabling the management of individual parts and the accurate traceability of RFID and other AIT tags that are affixed to aircraft parts. By attaching tags to parts during the manufacturing process, aircraft parts suppliers can capture data about those components, such as their manufacture date, configuration, maintenance service records, and compliance with the aviation industry's rigorous environmental resistance standards, as well as with ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5. This makes it possible to accurately trace a part's lifecycle from manufacture to maintenance. Learn how the solution delivers enhanced management of individual parts and accurate traceability throughout each item's lifecycle, as well as a faster delivery cycle and reduced stock shortages, thanks to greater visibility of the parts supply chain. The technology can also help maximize cash flow by reducing inventory, minimizing process time and solving availability issues by reducing work-in-process time.

Speaker: Mark Brown, Senior RFID Solution Architecture Manager, New Solution Business Division, Fujitsu America


RFID Composite Tracking and Tool Monitoring: A&D Manufacturing Case Studies

The most recent aircraft programs (the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787 and the Bombardier C Series) are achieving fuel efficiency through lighter, stronger composite materials. This poses both new opportunities and challenges for aerospace manufacturers, which must add new materials-management, tooling-tracking, fabrication and inspection processes to their current operations. This session will discuss real-world examples of how RFID is helping manufacturers automate these processes, from tracking perishable composite materials in storage freezers, layup areas and autoclaves to monitoring the duty cycles of tooling and other indirect materials. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options will be discussed.

Speaker: Chris Forgione, Senior Director of Asset Tracking, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems


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, Project Engineer, Honeywell


RFID: State of the Union in Aerospace & Defense

Boeing presents the big picture for radio frequency identification in the aerospace and defense industry. The presenter discusses the progress of commercialization efforts, and also provides a future outlook.

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


Best Practices for Tool Control: Reducing FOD Risk and Improving the MRO Process and Supply Chain

Aerospace companies and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities must consider tool control a high priority. Government contracts now require that tool-control methods be put in place when building or maintaining an aircraft. There are many methods for tool control available, but in this session, the speaker will focus on the best-practices method of automated tool control at the point of use, to ensure 100 percent positive tool-control methods. Hear how to monitor tool movement, determine location and, in the worst case, use existing technology to find a lost tool. Learn why it is important to establish proper tool control, and why managing all supplies necessary to complete a task is critical. Have you ever completed walk studies to determine the real cost of inventory? Is there a surefire method to ensure you have supplies on hand at all times? Learn how to uniquely handle these types of inventory issues in a cohesive system.

Speaker: Robert Holmes, Director of Marketing, WinWare Inc.


Best Practices for A&D RFID Deployments: Which Processes Benefit the Most From RFID?

Aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and MRO providers are starting to adopt RFID technology for different use cases and business processes. What do successful deployments have in common? And where does process automation provide the biggest payoff? This session will walk through multiple real-world A&D deployments in WIP tracking, tool tracking, part marking, jig tracking, audit and attestation, and other areas. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options will be discussed.

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


From Parts to Revenue—Accelerating Production With RFID

RFID is being deployed to track work-in-process (WIP) and tools throughout the aerospace manufacturing process, resulting in faster conversion of parts to finished aircraft. This acceleration of aerospace assembly drives increased revenue and bottom-line profits. RFID Global Solution, which has been at the forefront of innovation in aerospace manufacturing processes, will share examples of process improvements and ROI achieved by its clients, from tracking parts to subassemblies to flight bags. Learn how the company's Visi-Trac solution reduces the time spent tracking work orders, distributing flight maps and inventorying tools, thereby resulting in improved supply chain visibility, reduced labor costs and faster conversion of parts to cash. The firm will also discuss best practices for tool control, as well as reducing the risk of foreign object damage (FOD) and improving the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) process and supply chain.

Speaker: Terry Alderson, VP of Aerospace and Defense, RFID Global Solution, Inc.


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


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


Real-Time Visibility in Aerospace Manufacturing

Learn how RFID Global Solution, working with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Co. and aerospace manufacturer Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), has developed a solution providing real-time visibility of KMM's assemblies for the F-15 fighter jet to key customer Boeing. The RFID SCOUT program has yielded a dramatic transformation in KMM's operations, while enabling Boeing to track its orders in real time. SCOUT provides a roadmap for small and mid-sized manufacturers to adopt a high-impact collaborative supply chain solution, thereby benefiting suppliers, Boeing, the USAF and other aerospace assembly firms, and solving a major challenge in the aerospace industry—the lack of supply chain visibility.

Speakers: Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution; Kristin Hedger, Vice President, Honeywell Aerospace


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


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


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