Main Track

Radio frequency identification technologies are delivering value across many industries by enabling companies to track and manage assets, tools, work-in-process, individuals, inventory and much more. The main conference track at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe, will address manufacturing, supply chain and other applications of RFID technology.

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23 Oct. 8:30

Coffee in Exhibit Hall

23 Oct. 9:00

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
General Session
23 Oct. 9:05

Creating Business Value by Enabling the Internet of Things

Radio frequency identification and RF sensors are one way in which companies can link things—assets, products, inventories, environments—to the Internet. Learn how RFID technologies are being added to products to enhance their functionality by connecting them to the Internet, and how RFID and sensors are being employed to make environments smarter and more responsive. In addition, hear what strategies leading edge companies are employing to take advantage of the emerging Internet of Things.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
General Session
23 Oct. 9:30

How RFID Solutions Drive New Business Benefits

RFID hardware has become more reliable over the past few years, enabling companies to take advantage of RFID data in new and powerful ways. Software solutions are enabling firms to reengineer processes and deliver more value. In this session, our panel of experts will explain how businesses are leveraging these new capabilities.
Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
General Session
23 Oct. 9:50

Aston Martin Optimizes Manufacturing Processes With RFID

Luxury Automaker Aston Martin is using active RFID tags to monitor the locations of vehicles as they progress through the post-assembly test and verification stages of the manufacturing process. By capturing information like location and process dwell times, the movement of vehicles through the process becomes fully traceable, and location-driven business analytics can be used to enhance process performance and efficiency. Aston Martin uses battery-powered 6-8 GHz ultra-wideband (UWB) RFID tags to inject location information into its Smart Factory Offline application. Tags are attached to each vehicle's windshield at the end of the assembly line before they enter the offline process. Each tag's ID is then linked to the vehicle's specific production information, including VIN, model and a logical process map specific to that vehicle. The location system then generates frequent and granular new locations for the vehicle, recording both its physical and logical progression through the area. Learn how employees access this data through a single online portal, and how they use this information to gain new insights into process performance.
Speaker: Alastair Booker, Manufacturing Systems Lead, Aston Martin
23 Oct. 10:30

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

23 Oct. 11:00

RFID Takes Airbus to New Heights of Efficiency

Airbus, a winner of the RFID Journal Award for best implementation, has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of RFID 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 cost savings as well as improvements in operational efficiencies. During the past three years, the company has significantly expanded these capabilities to new areas of operations across its value chain. Hear how Airbus is benefiting from these systems, as well as its latest plans for the next few years.
Speaker: Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
23 Oct. 11:40

Steel Pipe Manufacturer Tracks WIP Materials

To improve its production efficiency, TenarisDalmine, a provider of steel pipe products and related services has deployed an RFID system to track pallets within a large industrial area. The use of RFID has led to increased production efficiencies and inventory accuracy, as well as improved worker safety. Learn how the firm has direct and immediate access to information without the need for intermediate processes and people, which increases accuracy, decreases the amount of time necessary to conduct searches, and allows for more productive use of internal transport vehicles.
Speaker: Massimo Mariano, Product Warehouses and Service Centers Manager, Italy, Tenaris
23 Oct. 12:20

Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

23 Oct. 13:30

RFID Improves Efficiency and Transparency at Factory

German manufacturer Rehau is employing radio frequency identification technology to track the automotive bumpers it fabricates at its eight global facilities, thereby increasing the efficiency of its processes, from injection molding to final fabrication, and to quickly identify any problems related to a particular customer's order. The system tracks the parts through injection molding, painting and fabrication, in order to record each process completed for every bumper. Learn how RFID is being used to find where each item is located during the fabrication or painting process, thus preventing mistakes that could otherwise lead to a product for a specific order being fabricated incorrectly.
Speaker: Marcel Munzert, Project Manager, RFID, Rehau
23 Oct. 14:15

RFID Automates Tool and Equipment Rental Trailers

Speedy Services, a provider of rental tools and equipment to the construction and industrial services industry within the United Kingdom, has created a self-service equipment storage and rental solution. The RFID-enabled onsite mobile equipment pod offers flexible hours to accommodate customers, and enables workers to rent the equipment they need, while unused tools remain in the trailer. Tools leaving or returning to the pod are automatically tracked, and rental fees are assessed by means of embedded RFID tags and a fixed UHF RFID reader integrated into the pod. Learn how the pod's tracking systems automatically update a customer's account on Speedy's My Speedy extranet system, thereby offering the customer full visibility regarding its current usage and incurred charges.
Speaker: Glyn Matthews, Senior IT Project Manager, Innovations, Speedy Services
23 Oct. 15:00

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

23 Oct. 16:00

Using RFID to Establish a Secure Blood Supply Chain

Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) and Universal Trace jointly developed a pre-analytical blood product tracking system that facilitates the integrity and real-time visibility of blood products throughout the pre-analytical blood supply chain. Designed to facilitate the recent technological advances from the Internet of Things (IOT), RFID, smart interconnected objects, cloud computing and the future Internet, the system is based on passive UHF RFID systems strategically placed at traditional venerable points across the supply network. Learn how RFID-enabled technology is delivering a secure and tamper-proof pre-analytical blood supply chain for the health-care industry.
Speaker: Andrew Shields, Strand Leader—RFID, Internet of Things & Sensors, IMaR (Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID) Technology Gateway
23 Oct. 16:45

Using RFID to Track and Trace Aircraft Spare Parts

In a joint effort, Nefab and KLM have developed a Web-based Aviation Packaging Information System (APIS) to manage the inbound and outbound flow of packaging between Nefab and KLM. The system uses fixed RFID equipment installed in buildings and in trucks, as well as mobile handhelds for repair and exception-handling. RFID is used throughout the entire supply chain, is available and is easily expandable. The APIS software registers each package's movements and location, and links its contents to the RFID tag's unique serial number. This enables the two companies to achieve real-time visibility.
Speaker: Koen Adams, Managing Director, Benelux, NEFAB
23 Oct. 17:30

Closing Remarks