Managing Returnable Transport Items With RFID

October 04, 2011 — 9 AM to 11 AM EDT

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This virtual event will feature case studies discussing the use of radio frequency identification in returnable transport items (RTIs), which are used to carry goods within the supply chain or within a manufacturing process. Hear how RFID can be employed with roll cages, pallets, plastic crates and totes to provide increased visibility for manufacturers, distributors, RTI pooling companies and retailers. Learn how the technology can provide exact information regarding where a particular RTI has traveled, who used it last and when that RTI should be returned.

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9:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:05 AMManaging Returnable Transit Items (RTIs) Using RFID
Packaging Logistics Services (PLS), a British provider of plastic pallets and reusable containers, and a manager of pallets and containers used by other companies, is employing RFID to track its own assets—while also helping customers set up an RFID tracking system for their reusable pallets and containers. PLS has tagged its own products, in addition to installing RFID interrogators at its four European depots (three in the United Kingdom, and one in Germany), as well as at 16 third-party warehouses that the firm utilizes to ship its pallets and containers throughout Europe. In this session, hear the company's future plans, which include deploying readers in customers' warehouses, and enabling them to share information with PLS regarding container movements.
Jon Graves, General Manager, Packaging Logistics Services
9:30 AMImproving the Visibility and Authentication of Widely Distributed Assets
RFID is helping companies benefit from improved asset utilization and theft reduction, as well as the insertion of inferior, counterfeit assets, while greatly enhancing the efficiency and speed of the dispatch and receipt of such assets. Learn how the technology is being used for generic the management of returnable transport items (RTIs), via reference cases from the retail food and horticulture industries. Understand how tracking goods by association with tagged RTIs can support a strong business case with a rapid return on investment.
Sander Merkx, Director and Owner, Mieloo & Alexander Business Integrators
9:55 AMSelecting the Right Tag for Long-Lived Assets
The selection process for an RFID tag to be permanently attached to an asset with an expected useful lifespan of many years is very different than when selecting one for a single-use shipping carton or apparel tag. This session will discuss, in detail, the design and construction characteristics, quality-control procedures and highly accelerated life testing (HALT) required to insure that a tag's maintenance-free expected lifespan—both mechanically and in terms of stable RF performance—matches the asset's lifespan.
Paul Clarke, Director of Product Management, Omni-ID
10:25 AMThe Importance of RFID Standards for RTIs
An automotive industry group is set to release requirements and recommendations for implementing RFID technology to track the reusable containers used by that sector. The guidelines for RTIs—such as containers, pallets and other reusable assets used to transport parts and assemblies throughout the automotive supply chain—will address the lack of an international standard to ensure container visibility between supply chain members, which often leads to lost containers and delayed production. Learn how Motorola’s  RFID solutions helps companies to overcome these issues.
Daniel Dombach, Director EMEA Industry Solutions Group, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH
11:00 AMVirtual Event Concludes