RFID in Manufacturing

September 29, 2009 — 11 AM to 1 PM EST

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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 done cost-effectively by tracking reusable containers, work-in-process and finished inventory. Without leaving your desk, hear how leading manufacturing companies are using RFID to achieve benefits today.

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11:05 AMUsing Passive RFID in Heavy Manufacturing
John Deere, a manufacturer of agriculture equipment, is employing passive RFID at one of its factories to monitor work-in-process and ensure parts are at the right place at the proper time. The company also deployed an RFID system with its manufacturing execution system in another factory, to improve production efficiencies and accuracies. In this session, hear how these systems are helping the company cut costs and improve its manufacturing operations.
Jeffrey Knutsen, Technology Architect, Deere & Co.
11:25 AMQ&A With Speaker
11:30 AMImportant Considerations in Choosing RFID Tags for Manufacturing WIP Applications
RFID tags are the heart of an RFID solution—the performance and reliability of a tag are critical to achieving successful read rates and accomplishing a solution's stated ROI. There are many considerations customers need to make in selecting the proper RFID technology for their manufacturing solutions, including a tag's expected lifespan, the environment, read distance requirements, the movement of assets between facilities and geographic regions, and cost. This session will examine each of these considerations, with a specific focus on active versus passive technologies, and also explore the feature sets available to each.
Andre Coté , SVP Business Development, Omni-ID
11:45 AMDeploying RFID in Manufacturing
Real-time visibility can dramatically reduce operating costs. Where does process visibility yield the biggest payback? What does an RFID-enabled enterprise application look like? And which existing technologies (bar codes, Wi-Fi and so forth) can be leveraged for rapid deployment? In this session, the speaker will walk though individual manufacturing process scenarios deployed by discrete and process manufacturers, including receiving, line-side replenishment, reusable container tracking and yard management.
Alan Sherman, Sr. Director of Global Marketing, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems
12:00 PMKimberly-Clark Uses RFID to Improve Shipping Accuracy at Manufacturing Plants
Kimberly-Clark, a recognized leader in the usage of RFID, recently concluded a pilot program at one of its non-woven plants, which produces material used in the manufacture of Huggies-brand diapers. The pilot showed a decrease in shipping errors, as well as a reduction in loading times. In this session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE! on Apr. 29, 2009, hear how K-C employed passive RFID tags to track the finished materials as they came off the machine and were shipped to the company's manufacturing plants.
Matthew Hudgins, Operations Consultant, Kimberly-Clark
12:30 PMFour Ways Manufacturers Can Cut Costs With RFID
Now more than ever, companies are seeking ways to reduce expenses and become more efficient. RFID is a proven cost-cutting technology. In this session, we will explore four common applications of RFID in manufacturing, with examples from real-world manufacturers successfully using the technology today. Learn how to deploy RFID to save money by better tracking assets, work-in-process, tools and materials.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal