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Manufacturing companies across many industries are employing RFID to achieve major benefits, both in their supply chains and in their factory operations. This can be accomplished cost-effectively by tracking reusable containers, work in process and finished inventory. This track will focus on how leading manufacturing companies are using RFID to achieve benefits today.




April 15, 2010

11:30 AM—Breakout Session
Using Passive RFID in Heavy Manufacturing
John Deere, a leading manufacturer of agricultural, construction, forestry and turf equipment, is employing passive RFID to monitor work in process and ensure parts are at the right place at the proper time. It is also using the technology to ensure that finished goods are properly packaged and shipped, and to improve production efficiencies and accuracies. In this session, hear how these systems are helping John Deere cut costs and improve its manufacturing operations.
Speaker:
Jeffrey Knutsen, Technology Architect, Deere & Co.
Achieving Real Business Value From RFID—Why You Should Act Now
      Sponsored by: NXP, OmniID and Zebra Technologies
Real-Time Visibility in Aerospace Manufacturing
      Sponsored by: RFID Global Solution
Increasing ROI and Value by Leveraging Breakthroughs in UHF Technology
      Sponsored by: SAIC
Building the Lean Enterprise
      Sponsored by: Xterprise
Improve Business Processes With High-Memory Passive Worldwide RFID Chips and Tags
      Sponsored by: Marubeni Chemix Corp.
Streamlining IT Asset Management With RFID
      Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)
3:00 PM—Breakout Session
Killdeer Mountain Streamlines Manufacturing With RFID
Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), a contract aerospace and defense manufacturer, is using RFID to track work in process 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, ,
Takeaways:
• How RFID helps KMM save more than $160,000 annually on its production line due to the above improvements
• Using RFID WIP applications to provide more accurate data in order to drive lean improvements
3:50 PM—Breakout Session
RFID Helps Lavazza and Goglio Cofibox Track Shipments
Coffee manufacturer Lavazza has teamed up with packaging supplier Goglio Cofibox to tag packaging reels and set up an EPCIS network. All pallets manufactured by Goglio Cofibox are tagged with Gen 2 passive RFID tags before being shipped from Cadorago and received in Turin by Lavazza. In this session, hear how advance shipping notices (ASNs) and the traceability data are automatically available via the EPCglobal network, for a seamless flow of information between the two companies.
Speaker:
Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
Takeaways:
• How Lavazza has automated the receiving process through EPCIS querying, gained visibility into the status of its order processing and increased real-time access to traceability data regarding its packaging reels
• The benefits Goglio Cofibox receives by gaining visibility into stock levels at Lavazza, enabling the company to manage those levels in consignment mode

April 16, 2010

12:00 PM—Breakout Session
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
2:00 PM—Breakout Session
Applying RFID to Hazardous Materials Management
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is using an innovative application of RFID to manage nuclear materials that have accumulated over more than 60 years. Hear how the system is improving safety, security, accountability, worker and public health, and environmental protection during storage, transportation and disposal, and learn how RFID will support the DOE in modernizing its management of the lifecycle of nuclear materials.
Speakers:
Dr. Yung Y. Liu, Manager, DOE/PCP Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Program, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. James M. Shuler, Manager, Packaging Certification Program (PCP), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Takeaways:
• An examination of Argonne's ARG-US software, which manages dataflow among tags, readers, secured databases and Web servers for nuclear material containers during transportation and storage
• How RFID is being used to reduce radiation exposure to workers, as well as to enhance safety
• How the agency achieved an estimated direct-cost savings of $1.5 million over a span of five years, from implementing an RFID tracking and temperature-monitoring system at a DOE storage facility
2:50 PM—Breakout Session
Improving Safety in the Natural Gas Industry With RFID
Viridis Technologies, a manufacturer of alternative fuel dispensers based in Toronto, is using RFID to facilitate safe fueling for green transportation technologies, including natural gas and hydrogen. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is utilized as a vehicle fuel in more than 75 countries around the world. With the significant growth of CNG vehicles worldwide, the number of fatal accidents due to faulty equipment is increasing. Viridis Technologies developed its RFID system to reduce risks associated with refueling uncertified natural gas vehicle equipment. In this session, learn how the firm is employing RFID to improve the reputation of CNG as a vehicle fuel, and to promote traceability within the natural gas industry.
Speaker:
Ian Patterson, President, Viridis Technologies
Takeaways:
• Utilizing RFID to enforce regulatory standards by ensuring all vehicles meet safety standards
• How increased safety in fueling will benefit countries in terms of improved emissions and a reduction in dependence on imported oil
• Using RFID to collect fueling transaction data and provide the capability of prepaying for fuel, as well as for the transmission of fueling information to data centers for billing and tracking purposes


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