RFID in Manufacturing

March 14, 2013 — 11 AM to 1 PM EDT

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Gold Sponsor:
HID Global
Deployment Guide Sponsor:
OAT Systems

Manufacturing companies across many industries are employing RFID to achieve major benefits, both in their supply chains and in their factory operations. 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 AMImproving Workflow With RFID
Manufacturers around the globe are using RFID to improve production flow, optimize their supply chain, manage assets and increase inventory accuracy. By tagging assets and returnable transport items (RTIs), companies have been able to obtain the visibility they need into their processes, in order to track production flow in real time, and thereby identify bottlenecks so they can improve cycle times. RFID also provides automated and accurate inventory counts, as it tracks parts moving through the process. This reduces the amoung of time workers spend searching for specific parts (or conducting manual inventory audits), while also ensuring accurate scheduling of assembly operations, by having a live count of the work-in-process (WIP) inventory. See how RFID and visual tagging systems have been deployed at several manufacturing facilities to not only gain efficiencies, but also reduce costs by eliminating paper-based instructions and tags in their processes.
Ed Nabrotzky, Executive VP of Sales (Americas) and Product Development, Omni-ID
11:25 AMTraceability in Manufacturing: Gain Instant Visibility With RFID and Bar-Code Technologies
Competition in today's market has become fiercer than ever, and getting product to market faster, while preserving or increasing quality and decreasing the cost to do it, has always been the goal of the successful producer. The market has become more global than ever, government regulations and reporting requirements have increased, and the consumer has become more cost- and quality-conscience than ever. These changes, in addition to the current economic climate around the world, have never made achieving those goals more difficult. Learn how a traceability program, utilizing RFID and bar-code technologies combined with application software, can provide direct visibility into the manufacturing process. The speaker will identify the implementation areas in which these two technologies have had the greatest impact, and why it is important to develop a traceability program immediately.
Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Marketing Manager for RFID, Balluff
11:45 AMDeveloping 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
12:05 PMChoosing 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
12:35 PMRFID Case Studies in Complex Manufacturing: Multi-Facility Assembly, Advanced Composites and Indirect Materials
Industrial Manufacturing processes are becoming increasingly complex, and RFID and real-time location system (RTLS) technologies are playing a key role in managing them effectively. Newly reshored manufacturing operations are being co-located with research and development. Capital goods are being manufactured across multiple facilities and international borders. Advanced composites are shifting operations from discrete to process manufacturing. Product innovation has resulted in a proliferation of indirect materials. End customers are demanding custom products and visibility into production schedules. This poses both new opportunities and challenges for manufacturers, which are adding RFID-enabled work-in-process tracking, materials management, tooling-tracking, fabrication and inspection processes to their current operations. This session will discuss real-world examples of how RFID is helping manufacturers automate these processes, from managing multi-facility assembly processes to tracking perishable composite materials , custom orders, tooling and indirect materials. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options will be discussed.
Chris Forgione, Senior Director of Asset Tracking, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems
12:55 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal