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October 18, 2011

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09:00Preconference Seminars Continue in Breakout Rooms
RFID for Warehouse and Inventory Management
Strategic RFID Workshop
12:00Working Lunch
14:15Preconference Seminars End
15:00Welcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
15:15Lufthansa Technik Saves by Using RFID for Logistics and Maintenance
Lufthansa Technik, a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civilian aircraft, has implemented an RFID solution for tracking aircraft components through its maintenance processes. In this session, learn the latest information about how the company’s RFID initiative, which uses passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) technology permanently on parts, is reducing costs and improving logistics and maintenance processes.
Carsten Sowa, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik
• Tag development and implementation status
• The business case for the deployment, as well as the benefits
16:00How GERRY WEBER Is Using RFID to Reduce Theft and Boost Efficiencies
In April 2011, GERRY WEBER International, a German manufacturer of women's fashions, won the RFID Journal Award in the category of Best RFID Implementation. GERRY WEBER International was chosen for a solution that integrates RFID tags into its product-care labels so clothing items can be tracked from factories to multiple warehouses and on to 200 stores. The firm is applying EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to the 25 million garments it produces annually. The application is designed to improve the efficiency of its incoming goods and inventory processes, and to function as an electronic article surveillance (EAS) system. In this session, hear how GERRY WEBER International is rolling out RFID technology at 150 of its company-owned retail stores in Germany and abroad.
Christian von Grone, CIO, GERRY WEBER International AG
16:45Security and Privacy in RFID
RFID systems and applications consistently gain in maturity, becoming increasingly automated and continually enabling new heights of process sophistication. The result is an improved and more convenient world in which logistical streams of goods are transparent, people and objects can be uniquely identified and transactions take place at lighting speeds. With these new and innovative capabilities, however, come threats to privacy, denial-of-service and replay attacks specifically designed for RFID, to name just a few. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss this new environment and its ever-changing landscape of vulnerabilities in light of specific applications to deduct a classification of solutions and subsequent security needs, and present specific—proprietary and open—technologies focused on securing RFID systems. These will be presented in regard to security strength and implementation cost.
Chris Hanebeck, VP of Product Management and Marketing , Revere Security
• How organizations can secure RFID solutions today
• The necessary components for secure RFID systems
Niklas Hild, CMO, Microtracking
17:50Reception on Exhibit Floor
19:00Reception Ends

October 19, 2011

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08:30Continental Breakfast
09:00Welcome Back and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
09:15Keynote Session:
Airbus Leads the Way: The Benefits of an Enterprise Approach to RFID
RFID Journal Award winner Airbus has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of radio frequency identification, by deploying the technology as "business radar" across all aspects of its business, including supply chain logistics, transportation, manufacturing and aircraft in-flight operations. This approach, which leverages a passive and active RFID reader infrastructure for multiple applications operating on a common software platform, has yielded significant benefits for the company. In this keynote session, hear the latest updates, as well as future plans, from the head of the firm's RFID program.
Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
10:00Keynote Session:
Container Centralen Uses RFID to Reduce Costs and Combat Counterfeiting
Horticultural logistics supplier Container Centralen has fitted all 3.5 million of its plant trolleys (known as CC Containers) in Europe with EPC Gen 2 RFID tags, as part of an effort to better control the company's inventory and reduce shrinkage and counterfeiting. The project, dubbed "Operation Chip It," was launched in close cooperation with major European horticultural organisations and leading international RFID technology partners. The company is employing a custom-designed tag that complies with the EPC Gen 2 standards. To tackle the massive tagging job, more than 20,000 Container Centralen customers in 35 European countries were provided with the new ID tags to attach to every CC Container located within their facilities. In this session, Container Centralen's COO will share the most current data, and discuss how "Operation Chip It" is facilitating track-and-trace processes, eliminating counterfeiting, automating ordering and reducing the amount of paperwork.
Soren Moller Sorensen, COO, Container Centralen A/S
10:45General Session:
Using RFID to Improve Refinery Maintenance
In November 2010, BP implemented 125,000 high-frequency (HF) RFID tags and mobile readers at a facility in Germany. The deployment's objective was to increase efficiencies during a turnaround (or TAR—a planned, periodic shutdown of a refinery process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul and repair operations, and to inspect, test and replace process materials and equipment), as well as replace the existing manual, paper-based system. Learn how the firm successfully used the process throughout the TAR, fitting RFID tags to every isolation point. And hear how the system is providing a common refinery data format, as well as real-time reporting capability and a complete blind history usage.
Mike Haley, Technology Consultant, Chief Technology Office, BP
11:30Networking Break on Exhibit Floor
12:15—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
Using RFID to Improve Visibility and Save Labor Costs
KH Lloreda, Spain's largest household cleaning products company, has successfully implemented an automated system for loading and shipping its cleaning products that tracks where the cartons are being moved, and also captures any errors. The solution tracks where the cartons are being moved, and also captures any errors. The RFID-based system tracks cartons of products as they are automatically assembled onto pallets, placed onto trucks, unloaded and stored at a distribution center, reassembled onto pallets in response to a retailer's order, and again loaded onto trucks for delivery to that retailer. Learn how the company uses robots to stack boxes onto pallets at the manufacturing site, bring those pallets to a staging area and then load them onto trucks, for delivery to its DC. Hear how the system has enabled the firm to know which stage its products are in during the shipping process, as well as when their status changes.
Daniel Lancho, Operations Manager, KH Lloreda, S.A.
• Why the company chose an RFID system that can capture the ID number of an EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tag attached to each box loaded with cleaning products, allowing the system to track the loading of goods and ensuring that mistakes do not occur
• How the system is reducing labor costs
» Operational Efficiency:
Using RFID to Eliminate Errors
Hach Lange supplies instruments and chemistry to analyze the quality of drinking water, wastewater and industrial water applications. The chemistry is supplied in pre-filled test tubes carrying a bar code, which is read by the instruments to determine which calculation has to be performed on the measurement data. To meet the highest analytical standards, the instruments must be updated regularly with the calibration factors necessary to perform the calculations. In the past, the instruments had to be updated by downloading the latest version of software from the Internet, and by updating the instruments via USB, which was time-consuming for customers. In this session, learn how the firm is utilizing a solution that enables its chemical-testing devices to automatically import calibration data from a cartridge via RFID.
Andreas Schroers, Ph.D., Global Product Manager, Spectrophotometer-Lab Systems Business Unit, HACH LANGE
• RFID-tagged chemistry boxes that drastically reduce the time customers need to perform an instrument update
• How Hach Lange's customers have benefitted from RFID by gaining increased trust in the analysis results and the elimination of potential error sources
13:00—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
Apparel Manufacturers' Supply Chain ROI: Results From the Field
Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center released the Phase I results of a comprehensive field study on the use cases of RFID for retail manufacturers and brand-owner operations. This phase of the research was designed to identify potential use cases for the use of the technology in an apparel supply chain. In this session, get an advance preview of Phase II, which will involve the measurement of return on investment (ROI) for select use cases identified in Phase I. The January 2012 study will focus directly on current implementations that are generating real value to apparel manufacturers, without relying on their retail partners. The search for business value in supplier operations has narrowed, and this session's presenter will share the results of data collected from multiple large-scale retail manufacturers within their own facilities
Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas
• The early results of Phase II
• The next phase of collaboration in the study between multiple retailers and suppliers in 2012
» Operational Efficiency:
Reducing Production Errors and Increasing Efficiencies With RFID
Artilux NMF, a Lithuanian and Swedish joint venture that manufactures lighting fixtures and lamps, is employing EPC RFID technology to track the movements of pallets loaded with products or raw materials at its 11,000-square-meter facility in Šiauliai, Lithuania. The firm produces approximately 6 million decorative lamps and lighting fixtures annually, which are shipped on 25,000 pallets. Most are sent to distributors throughout Europe that, in turn, forward the lamps to retailers that sell lighting products. In the past, pallet tracking was performed with a system that combined the use of printed labels and paperwork, and bar-code labels on boxes and pallets. In this session, hear how the system has eliminated errors during product loading, while also speeding up the shipping process and freeing up space in the warehouse, since it no longer requires an area to manually check products as they are received from manufacturing.
Rimantas Damanskis, Managing Director, Artilux NMF
• Why Artilux NMF deployed the system in measured steps, installing software and readers and applying tags in three phases, after confirming that each phase was successful
• How the system resulted in lower labor costs, since before deployment, warehouse workers had to first input information in the company's ERP system, necessitating the need for higher-salaried personnel to manage that computer-based task
13:40Lunch on Exhibit Floor
15:00—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
RFID Automates Tool-Rental Trailers
A-Plant, a British construction equipment rental supplier, has adopted an RFID system that tracks the drills, grinders, saws and other assets it provides to construction workers. On-site tool-rental trailers come loaded with tools required for a specific job site, and construction workers can rent the equipment they need, while unused tools remain in the trailer. The RFID-enabled system minimizes the number of visits staff members must make to construction sites, while eliminating the need to station an employee at the trailer to monitor the loaning of equipment. Hear how RFID enables the firm to offer better, more affordable service to its customers, by ensuring that they only pay for the tools and equipment they actually use.
Asif Latief, Marketing and Strategic Accounts Director, Ashtead Plant Hire Company Ltd.
• Improved visibility into which tools are being utilized
• How the system is used to bill customers for missing or damaged equipment, who can then, in turn, determine which worker last had a particular piece of equipment when it became broken or missing
» Operational Efficiency:
Managing Returnable Transit Items (RTIs) Using RFID
Packaging Logistics Services (PLS), a British provider of plastic pallets and reusable containers, as well as a manager of pallets and containers used by other companies, is deploying RFID to track its own assets—while also helping customers to set up RFID tracking for their reusable pallets and containers. PLS is currently tagging its own products, in addition to installing RFID interrogators at its three European depots (two in the United Kingdom, and one in Germany), and at a number of 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 putting readers in customers' warehouses, and enabling them to share information with PLS regarding the containers' movements.
Jon Graves, General Manager, Packaging Logistics Services
• How to actively manage stock to make sure there are adequate supplies, while eliminating overstocking—a common practice of product manufacturers and reusable packaging providers
• How RFID is being used as a tool to offer to customers
15:45—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
Swedish Board of Fisheries Tracks Fish to Dish
The Swedish Board of Fisheries (Fiskeriverket), in partnership with the commercial fishing industry, is testing new technology for tracing the route that a fish takes from the moment it is caught until it arrives at a retail outlet. The trial is being carried out in cooperation with commercial fishermen, receivers, wholesalers and retail outlets throughout the Swedish fishing industry. The European Union (EU) now requires that all fish products within its sphere be traceable, thereby improving the implementation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. Learn how the catch is placed into fish boxes equipped with RFID tags. Each fishing trip that a commercial fishing boat makes is registered by Fiskeriverket, and the fisherman then reports information about the identity of his or her boat, along with the date of the catch, where that catch was made, the equipment used, and the fish's species and weight. With this information, each RFID-marked fish box is linked to a particular fishing trip. Hear how the system is benefitting consumers, as well as stakeholders throughout the fishing industry.
Niklas Hild, Project Manager, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
• How RFID is being utilized to provide fishermen, primary receivers, wholesalers, restaurants and retail outlets with accurate, real-time data
• Opportunities for all supply chain partners in the fishing industry to improve the logistics associated with their products
» Operational Efficiency:
Managing Tools With RFID
Grunnarbeid, a Norwegian building, construction and highway contractor, is employing EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and readers, as well as GPS and cellular technology, to track the locations and status of tools on work sites. The company provides large-scale construction and civil-engineering services in central Norway, with multiple projects taking place at any given time, and thus needed a way to use technology to improve asset management on various job sites. The system consists of a customized computer wired to an RFID reader, a GPS unit and a cellular device, installed in containers or vehicles that transport and store equipment. With RFID tags applied to the equipment, software can identify which tools are within read range of the interrogator, and thereby know whether they are still in storage in that container or vehicle, or have been removed by the construction staff. Learn how the firm is utilizing a system that tracks which tools are in use at which job site, and which are sitting idle.
John P. Alstad, General Manager, Grunnarbeid AS
• How the system utilizes radio frequency identification to improve the overall logistical efficiency for a movable-asset-intensive organization
• Why the system is not just specific to construction-related firms, and how it can benefit any company with multiple project sites
16:30—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
Reducing Out-of-Stocks With RFID
The University of Parma's RFID Lab has completed the second phase of a project designed to test radio frequency identification's potential to increase turnover rates at retail and manufacturing organizations, by reducing and preventing out-of-stocks on store shelves. A variety of food and fast-moving consumer goods companies participated, including Auchan, Coop-Centrale Adriatica, Conad, Danone, Lavazza, Nestlé, Parmalat and Parmacotto. Indicod-Ecr, GS1's Italian representative, also took part in the research, providing Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards developed by EPCglobal. The project mainly involves Auchan's distribution center, located at Calcinate (in Bergamo, Italy), as well as at two of its retail hypermarkets. The DC affixed EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to approximately 5,000 cases of a panel of 60 fresh and dry goods. Learn how the pilot focused on the replenishment processes at the retail stores, and how RFID was used to monitor stock levels, both in the stores' back room and in shop areas, to reduce product shrinkage, as well as optimize shelf inventory levels.
Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
• How RFID can be employed in the prevention of out-of-stock events, as well as the potential to reduce product shrinkage and inventory levels
 • Using the EPCglobal network for the real-time monitoring and managing of supply chain processes, and to increase store turnover
» Operational Efficiency:
Improving Supply Chain Operations in the Shipbuilding Industry With RFID
A typical commercial ship consists of between 100,000 and 200,000 individual pieces that must be assembled into one vessel, making it very challenging to track and trace all components, as well as documents and tools. Fifteen shipyards and subcontractors, together with Delft University of Technology, worked together to improve the competitiveness of the Dutch shipbuilding industry. One avenue taken in this program is the adoption of RFID-enabled technologies. Learn how RFID, combined with the 3D CAD model, can be used to track and trace parts from supplier to subcontractor to shipyard, and potentially even to the ship owner.
Willem Molenaar, Director, Molenaar Strategie
• The results of various RFID applications in the shipbuilding process, using handheld scanners and portal readers
• The benefits of utilizing work-in-progress (WIP) software
17:15—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
RFID Loyalty Programs: The Consumer Perspective
Retailers are increasingly adopting RFID technology for marketing purposes. The objective is to automatically identify consumers at a distance, track their movements within a store and/or collect behavioral data, in order to offer a quicker, more personalized and enhanced buying experience. These companies expect that consumers are ready and willing to adopt RFID during their shopping experience. Hear the results of a groundbreaking study that evaluated the consumer's perception of the intrusiveness of an RFID system. Learn how the study confirms that a basic RFID loyalty program will not generate more perceived intrusion than a regular bar-code loyalty program.
Harold Boeck, Ph.D., Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Academic Founder, RFID Academia
• When consumers are willing to trade a portion of their privacy to gain a better customer experience
• How an RFID loyalty program will negatively affect consumers' attitude toward using the program if they perceive that it intrudes into their privacy
» Operational Efficiency:
Low-Cost Ubiquitous Passive RFID Real-Time Location-Sensing System
A groundbreaking real-time location system (RTLS) developed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK EPSRC) The INtelligent Airport (TINA) project and Boeing Framework Agreement, at the University of Cambridge, will allow retailers, airlines and other businesses to inexpensively and effectively monitor these items' location in real time. A major objective of the approach was not only to overcome the limited range for reliable detection of passive tags, so that antennas could be placed with spacings of 20 meters—comparable with conventional Wi-Fi spacings—but also to provide accurate real-time location. As an output of the project, a proof on principle demonstrator was created. The solution, which recently won the Royal Academy of Engineering's ERA Foundation Entrepreneurship Award, could save airlines millions of pounds. Retail groups have also been engaged in the project—not just for tagging goods, but also for the advancement of self-service checkouts. Learn how this solution will help RFID technology to move away from a conventional narrow portal approach to a ubiquitous coverage solution.
Sithamparanathan Sabesan, M.Phil., Ph.D., Research Fellow, Engineering Department, Cambridge University
• How the system will enable a wide range of applications
• Why the solution is not just specific to the airline and retail industries, but also can be used to monitor and locate assets at multiple warehouses, as well as track documents within office environments
17:55Conference Concludes

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