April 30 to May 2, 2007
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RFID Journal LIVE! 2006


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Companies across industries are using RFID to achieve major benefits, both in their supply chains and in their factory operations. This can be done cost-effectively by tracking reusable containers, work in process and finished inventory. Below, you'll find the featured speakers, what you will learn in this track and the agenda.

RFID Journal University, EPC Essentials and RFID in Packaging preconference seminars are recommended as strong complements to the Manufacturing conference track. You can attend one of these preconference seminars in addition to all eight conference tracks by selecting the Conference + Preconference Pass when you register.

What You Will Learn In This Track:
Spacer Best practices for reducing manufacturing errors
  How to improve the tracking of work in process with RFID
  Strategies for linking shop floor RFID to manufacturing systems
  The benefits of using RFID to cost-effectively track parts bins
  Methods for migrating parts tracking from bar codes to RFID
  How to overcome challenges of deploying RFID in harsh factory environments
  Real-world issues you are likely to encounter as you deploy RFID in your manufacturing facility
  Pitfalls you should avoid as you roll out RFID in your manufacturing systems
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Tuesday, May 1
  11:30 am—Breakout Session
Case Study—Tagging Gas Meters During Production

The Sempra utilities—San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas—serve California customers from the state's Central Valley to the Mexican border. During the manufacture of gas meters, RFID tags are installed and later read at loading docks, in DC supply and in trucks prior to installation. That has saved the utilitity company money by eliminating meters "lost" during installation which, in turn, can give the customer free gas.
  Terry Mohn, Technology Strategist, Sempra Utilities
. Attaching tags during the manufacturing process
. Using handheld readers in remote locations
  12:20 pm—Platinum Session
Connecting the Shop Floor to the Top Floor: How Multiple Auto-ID Technologies Bring Real-Time Visibility and Integration

How do you create a manufacturing and distribution environment to meet today's needs and one that will support tomorrow's requirements and new technologies as well? This session addresses the issues companies face when implementing an automation and data collection system across multiple technologies and business processes. Learn how to utilize what you have in place today and leverage multiple data collection technologies to unify processes across your entire supply chain positioning your operational systems for the future.
  John DiPalo, VP, Solution Engineering, Acsis
. Best tips for utilizing multiple Auto-ID solutions
. Insight into how to prepare for future technologies and requirements
  3:00 pm—Platinum Session
What Does Warren Buffet Look for in RFID? Innovation, Automation and Real-World ROI

Join the United States Under Secretary of Commerce Robert Cresanti, technology specialist, Patrick J. Sweeney II and a highly strategic thinking end-user from Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway company. The session will introduce innovations yet to be discussed in public, and go into details of Shaw's strategy of using RFID to drive ROI across forty United States based distribution centers. Learn the secrets of selling RFID to your C-level executives, see how automation drives accuracy and uninterrupted support, and take away a process to start your own RFID.
  Robert Cresanti, US Under-Sec., Technology, US Dept. of Commerce
  Jim Nielsen, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Shaw Industries
  Dean Orem, Director of Regional Operations, Shaw Industries
  Patrick Sweeney, President and CEO, ODIN Technologies
. Best tips for utilizing multiple Auto-ID solutions
. Insight into how to prepare for future technologies and requirements
  3:50 pm—Breakout Session
Case Study—Ford Factory Accelerates Vehicle Production

To automate its inbound supply chain and outbound delivery chain, Ford has installed an active RFID real-time locating system at multiple plants across North America. The system tracks incoming parts on trucks arriving from suppliers as well as the finished Ford cars and pickup trucks rolling off the assembly line.
  Mark Wrubel, Material Planning & Logisitics Launch Manager, Ford Motor
. Using battery-powered active RFID technology to increase throughput and productivity
. Integrating RFID data into existing supply chain data management systems
Wednesday, May 2
 11:30 am—Platinum Sessions
Impact of RFID on Shipping/Receiving Processes in Industrial Manufacturing

What if you could uniquely identify and track every package in your shipping/receiving process? What if your On-Time-In-Full (OTIF) accuracy were near 100%? What if your inventory actuals were best-in-class? What if you could collect volumes of accurate and timely data all without human intervention? Join Motorola and Rush Tracking Systems as we discuss the impact of using RFID to automate processes within industrial manufacturing verticals and cover best practices for deploying fixed, handheld, and mobile reader solutions in your manufacturing process.
  Toby Rush, president, Rush Tracking Systems
  Joe White, VP, Business Development & Marketing, Motorola Networks & Enterprise business
. Best tips for achieving near 100% accuracy in shipping & receiving
. How to strategically install a variety of reader solutions on manufacturing floor
  12:20 pm—Breakout Session
Case Study—How Boeing Is Using RFID Internally

Boeing wants companies to tag shipments of parts for its planes, but it is also using RFID internally to achieve greater manufacturing efficiencies. Learn about some of the key projects Boeing has undertaken and the benefits it is already seeing.
  Steve Georgevitch, Supply Chain Manager, Boeing
. Insights into the types of RFID systems that can deliver an ROI today
. The costs and challenges of deploying these systems
  2:30 pm—Breakout Session
Case Study—BP Leverages RFID for Improved Worker Safety

At its oil refinery in Cherry Point, Washington, oil giant BP has deployed an RFID personnel-tracking system to ascertain the whereabouts of 2,000 staff members, contractors and visitors. RFID-enabled badges in the refinery's 600,000-square-foot processing area, tank farm and docks allow BP to meet OSHA requirements to determine where people are in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or explosion. Previously, the refinery used bar-coded ID cards, but they weren't reliable in evacuations.
  Curt Smith, Director of Applications, Chief Technology Office, BP
. Using active RFID tags to monitor personnel in an emergency
. How RFID tags transmitting at short ultra-wideband bursts can be read reliably around metals
  3:20 pm—Breakout Session
Case Study—How Holt Caterpillar Achieved an ROI in 4 Months
Holt Cat, a service divison of Caterpillar, is using RFID in two locations to track high-value tools on an itemlevel basis. Hear how the company combined UHF and HF technology in harsh environments, overcame the challenges faced during implementation and achieved an ROI in less than 4 months.
  Mark Pavuk, Service Assets Supervisor, Holt Caterpillar
. How to overcoming the challenges of deploying RFID in a manufacturing facility
. The benefits of tracking tools in manufacturing
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The following companies sent representatives to attend RFID Journal LIVE! 2006

ACCO Brands
Akers Packaging
Alliance Group
Almatex- Grupo Crystal
Allison Transmission
Arthur Blank & Co.
C.B. Fleet
Centurion Wireless
Cupid Foundations,
Dell Computer
E. J. Brooks Co.
Emerson Electric
Falcon Safety Products
Field Container LP.
Flexi-Mat Corp.
GE Energy
General Electric
Gold Toe Brands
Hallmark Cards
Herman Miller
Ingersoll-Rand Security & Safety
International Components Corp.

International Paper
ITT Industries
Illinois Tool Works
John Deere
KP Building Products
Kumpu GmbH
Mikron Industries
Mississippi Industries
Mitsubishi Electric
NEC Corp.
Olin Corp.
Reebok International
Research in Motion
Rockwell Automation
Rollpak Corp.
SlimFast Foods Co.
Standard Homeopathic Co.
Sumaria Industries
The Malt-O-Meal Co.
Tower Semiconductor
TYCO international
Van Meter Industrial
VF Corp.
Wolverine WorldWide
Yazaki North America

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