Main Track

16 Nov. 11:30

RFID-Enabled Tracking System Automates Tire Manufacturing

A leading supplier of linear, drive and system technology recently has developed an RFID solution to help companies automate tire manufacturing. The solution features trays fitted with RFID tags. Readers capture each tag's data and forward it to the manufacturer's programmable logic controller (PLC), which can then use this information to prevent damage to the tires by controlling such variables as how long they can be stored and the amount of soiling they can sustain. Hear how the system has enabled one of the firm's customers to successfully use more than 2,000 of the trays for its production of ultra-high-performance tires.
16 Nov. 12:15

Solution-Provider Sessions

Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
16 Nov. 13:00

Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 14:00

RFID Helps Automate Paper Products Manufacturing

A manufacturer of bathroom tissue and other paper products is employing passive UHF RFID tags to enable the automation of its manufacturing and reel transportation processes. The system is currently in use at one of the company's facilities, where 10-foot-tall tubes made of cardboard are wound with paper and are then transported to the warehouse, as well as to converting machines, by automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Since the RFID solution was installed, it has enabled the firm's automated system to identify each reel of paper it produces, and to create a record of how and when that paper was used, by reading the unique identifier encoded on a particular core's embedded UHF RFID tag, as well as writing data—such as the type of paper and the date and time of each processing event—to that tag. Learn how the system is boosting efficiency, reducing labor costs and preventing any errors during the processing of paper products.
16 Nov. 14:45

RFID Helps Rail Service Save Money

A rail service provider is employing a radio frequency identification-based solution to track freight cars and reduce rental costs for cars that should be returned to third-party owners. The system uses passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tags attached to railcars, as well as RFID readers installed at key locations along the tracks. The solution identifies passing cars, determines dwell times at each station and calculates transit times between stations. Learn how the firm is using this information to better manage logistics scheduling.
16 Nov. 15:30

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 16:00

Consortium of Rental Companies Tracks Steel Plates via RuBee Tags

Steel plates used in the creation of temporary roads, as well as trench covers, or to prevent soil erosion where buildings, roads or other infrastructure are being built, are rented out for construction projects. The plates, which weigh half a ton to one ton apiece, are provided by more than 30 different plate-rental companies and are billed on a monthly basis. Tracking the sheets of steel is often complex, and has caused numerous challenges to the plates' owners and their customers, who could be renting them from multiple companies. A consortium of the rental companies developed a system to manage the plates for all of these firms, and to rent them to customers and track them via RuBee readers and battery-powered tags. The solution not only protects rental companies from loss, but also helps customers, for whom access to the plates during construction work is critical.
16 Nov. 16:45

Wind Energy Services Provider Adds RFID to Tools

An energy technology company is using passive UHF and HF RFID tags, in combination with GPS technology, to manage tools and equipment stored within containers and service vehicles on its job sites. The solution can account for the tools and ensure their return at day's end, thereby saving the cost of searching for or replacing them. Learn how the firm has reduced the incidence of lost equipment at its job sites from 75 percent to 2 percent, and how it is now able to ensure that recalibration is performed on time.
16 Nov. 17:30

Conference Concludes