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Improving Supply Chain Logistics

Leading-edge firms are improving their supply chains and logistics operations, including warehouse management, by taking advantage of the greater visibility that RFID data provides. In this track, hear from some companies that have successfully deployed RFID-based systems, and learn about their best practices.



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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
Using RFID to Speed Up Inventory Management at Disney
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' costuming division is currently using ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology at more than 40 locations to track approximately 2 million individual garments through their lifecycle. The technology, combined with an internal garment-tracking system, makes the checkout, laundry-return and overall inventory processes more efficient, and has enabled the costuming locations to run more effectively. Prior to the RFID implementation, bar codes were used, and were manually scanned for all garment transactions and physical inventories. Each cast member issue transaction would take approximately 30 seconds, while a physical inventory could require upwards of 250 labor hours to complete. With the RFID solution in place, issue transactions now last only 7 seconds. What's more, the development of an RFID inventory cart enables the physical inventory process within a costuming location to be completed by a single cast member within a matter of hours. Learn how the use of RFID within the costuming division of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has provided multiple benefits, including faster inventories, shorter transaction times and improved inventory accountability.
Speaker:
Vinny Pagliuca, Director, Creative Costuming and Entertainment Metrics, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S.
Takeaways:
• How RFID enables the costuming division to make more accurate garment-purchasing decisions, as well as provide higher service levels for cast members
• How the system is being used to provide a better experience for guests, allowing the firm to reinvest its savings back into its costume processes
2:20 PM—Track Session
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.
Speaker:
Mark Reboulet, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Air Force
Takeaways:
• How RFID is being utilized to improve the overall efficiency and productivity of the USAF supply chain
•An understanding of the USAF's enterprise approach to automated identification and data capture (AIDC)
3:10 PM—Track Session
Improving Asset and Inventory Control With RFID
Keeping an accurate inventory is a key part of managing any business. Maintaining inaccurate records can prevent corporations from having the correct amounts of their assets in stock—and, most importantly, it can have an impact on financial records and taxes. In January 2011, a national financial-services company sought help from Steelcase Mexico in reconfiguring its 107,000-square-foot campus to accommodate a staff of 1,100. The firm chose an RFID-enabled solution that provided full control of assets going out of the company's prior site and into its new location, utilizing a full inventory system. Hear how Steelcase Mexico integrated RFID into the services it provided to its client, and how it ensured a smooth transition from the old facility to the new building.
Speaker:
Raúl Hernández Rivas, Project and Services Manager, Steelcase México
Takeaways:
•How RFID can reduce paperwork while improving inventory accuracy
•Preventing excess or misuse of assets

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
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)
Takeaways:
• How Morgan Thermal Ceramics uses passive RFID tags for the precise identification of each product leaving its production line
• The use of touch screens and RFID forklift readers on the production line
2:00 PM—Track Session
Renault Benefits from Using RFID for Quality Control
French automobile manufacturer Renault is deploying an RFID system that tracks cars as they proceed through the quality and conformity control processes. Tags are placed on completed vehicles at the end of the assembly line, thereby providing visibility into the locations of cars throughout post-manufacturing checks. The solution has improved the plant's performance, reduced the number of non-value-added tasks and improved vehicle delivery times.
Speakers:
Luc Filizzola, RFID Production Manager, Renault
Dominique Hardier, Manager of Manufacturing Information Systems, Renault



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