RFID in Manufacturing

June 07, 2011 — 11 AM to 1 PM EDT

Deployment Guide
OAT Systems

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. Without leaving your desk, hear how leading manufacturing firms are using RFID to achieve benefits today.

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11:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
11:05 AMChoosing 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.
Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product-Management Identification Technologies, HID Global
11:35 AMBest 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.
Jonathan Gregory, A & D Program Manager, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems
12:00 PMReducing Inventory-Management Costs With RFID
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), a manufacturer of optical fibers, optical cables and other related products, is using an RFID-enabled solution to monitor the level of raw materials in its 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company's manufacturing process is in operation 24-7, but its warehouse is only staffed for 40 hours a week, leaving a large gap of time during which raw material movements were unmonitored. When manufacturing personnel removed material during off-hours, the warehouse's raw material count was incorrect, leading to occasional material shortages. Hear how the firm is employing radio frequency identification to track raw materials, thereby resulting in fewer material shortages and disruptions to the production schedule.
Cosby Dudley, Production Planning Manager, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
12:25 PMDeveloping 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.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal