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Manufacturing companies are employing RFID to achieve major benefits, both in their supply chains and in their factory operations. This can be accomplished cost-effectively by tracking tools, reusable containers, work in process, finished inventory and more. This track will focus on how leading manufacturing firms are utilizing RFID to achieve benefits today.

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April 13, 2011

1:30 PM—Track Session
Improving Inventory Control in the Packaging Industry
Sonoco, a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial packaging and a provider of packaging services, is integrating UHF tags inside the cores used for European décor paper. The system has been successfully used since 2008 in the firm’s core plant in Lauda, Germany. Hear how the company is utilizing RFID to automatically track each roll of paper throughout its lifecycle. Learn how the system has improved inventory accuracy, and how some of its customers are reporting 10 percent savings on annual paper purchasing.
Jeff Stacy, Segment Manager, NA Industrial Carriers/NA Converted Products, Sonoco
• The benefits of automatic inventory control with RFID
• How the tags are being successfully used, resulting in decreased costs
2:20 PM—Track Session
Using RFID to Deliver Value to the Manufacturing Process
Steinmetz, one of the world's largest diamond groups, purchases rough diamonds and processes them into finished polished stones ready for sale. Its business process involves the shipping of high-value stones between locations and individuals. Steinmetz needed a secure solution that could read thousands of stacked diamond parcels in very close proximity in any orientation with 100 percent reliability, and that would be easy to use and globally deployable. Learn how the firm is employing an RFID system that securely tracks and traces stones as they move among various manufacturing departments, personnel and locations in real time.
Pavlo Protopapa, CFO, Diacor International Ltd.—Steinmetz Diamond Group
• How the company is utilizing RFID to optimize its manufacturing process
• An examination of how the system is providing accurate records of inventory values, resulting in a 100 percent reduction in the risk of being under-insured
3:10 PM—Track Session
Tracking Tool Data and Usage, and Reducing Human Error With RFID
Machine-tool operators often need to manually input data regarding each tool, which can result in human error.  FANUC FA America, a manufacturer of computer numerical controllers (CNC) for machining centers, has teamed up with a maker of sensor, networking and RFID products to offer an automated way to track tool information and usage, thereby eliminating the chance of human errors, which can create higher operating costs for manufacturers.
Jerry Scherer, Design Engineer, FANUC FA America
• Using RFID to automate the tool presetter data-transfer process
• How the system can save companies money on the tooling and engineering time involved in integration

April 14, 2011

12:00 PM—Track Session
How John Deere Uses RFID To Improve Its Bottom Line
John Deere & Co. is deploying RFID and related technologies to enable some of its core order-fulfillment processes and support its dealer network. The firm uses RFID and other tracking technologies to improve both its bottom-line profitability and its top-line revenue. In this session, the company will discuss some of the elements of its strategy, as well as several key projects in manufacturing, logistics and its dealer channel.
Mark Moran, Manager of Tracking Systems—Advanced Technology and Engineering., Deere & Co.
2:00 PM—Track Session
Using RFID to Manage Repair, Maintenance and Inspection Processes
Boeing is testing an RFID solution known as the Automated Identification Technology (AIT) Retrofit Package, designed for managing aircraft parts through repair, maintenance and inspection processes. Developed in partnership with Fujitsu, the system includes all hardware, middleware, software and integration required by airlines or other customers to track aircraft components. Learn how Boeing isolated five priorities among the 33 identified uses for RFID in the airline industry, and how airlines will benefit from the system.
Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, Boeing
• How Fujitsu and Boeing will validate the uses cases, ensuring that the five selected prove to be those of the greatest value
• The importance of working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as Japan's counterpart, the Japan Civil Aviation Authority, to gain approval for a system that relies on data stored on RFID tags as an authoritative information source for inspections or other procedures
2:50 PM—Track Session
Sketching the User Experience—Rapidly Deploying RFID for Maximum Success at Bombardier
Bombardier, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art planes and trains, is working with leading transit authorities to design and develop a solution that will enhance safety in the transportation industry. Understanding an end user's needs and designing an engaging experience was identified as a key objective to making sure the project results in a successful deployment. This session will discuss the approach that was followed to create the user experience, as well as the impact it has had on the evolution of the proposed ingenious and sustainable solution.
Pankaj Sood, Founder and Researcher, McMaster RFID Applications Lab; Cambridge University
Tony Sutton, General Manager, Material Solutions, North America, Bombardier Transportation

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