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Manufacturing/Operational Efficiency

RFID technology is contributing to improving operational efficiency at a wide variety of companies and organizations. Manufacturing companies are employing RFID to achieve major benefits, both in their supply chains and in their factory operations. From lowering the cost of managing the supply chain to preserving and creating value in physical assets, RFID is playing a critical role in reducing attrition of all-important profits and turning enterprise asset management from a loss leader into a profit center. Whether for tracking inventory, assets, processes or personnel, RFID is the key to steering an organization toward better profitability, and this track will focus on how manufacturing firms are utilizing RFID to achieve benefits today.

Hear from Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFID Journal, how RFID is benefiting the manufacturing industry, and how you can learn more from the leading end-users at the tenth annual RFID Journal LIVE!, being held Apr. 3-5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla.

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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
John Deere Planter Factory Improves Efficiency on the Assembly Line With RFID
John Deere, an agriculture equipment manufacturer, has increased its efficiency in how it replenishes welding material, as well as how it carries out processes at its assembly stations. After installing a Wi-Fi-based real-time location system (RTLS) at a factory run by its Seeding Group, in Moline, Ill., the firm has reported a 10 percent increase in welding efficiency by implementing the kitting process, as well as a 40 percent improvement in kit-replenishment time by implementing the wireless triggers. On the assembly line, the system provides a view into work-in-process (WIP), reducing the cycle time required to assemble a single product by approximately 5 percent. Learn how the system has resulted in improved replenishment, as well as a decrease in overtime work undertaken by employees at the welding station.
Shay O'Neal, Business Unit Leader, Deere & Co.
• How the firm used the existing Wi-Fi nodes that it had already installed throughout its facility, and avoided the expense of installing RFID readers
• The benefits of utilizing RFID to manage work-in-progress on assembling lines
2:20 PM—Track Session
Serialization Strategies for Scalable and Reliable Item Tagging
Serialization—assigning a unique number to every tagged item—is a fundamental requirement for RFID. For supply chains that don't already require it, serialization is a new responsibility that may demand allocation and distribution of serial numbers across complex, global operations. In this session, we explain the purpose of serialization in item-level RFID tagging, review the range of available serialization approaches and discuss strategies that brand-owners can use to keep it simple without sacrificing flexibility.
Larry Arnstein, VP of Business Development, Impinj
3:10 PM—Track Session
Parts Maker Uses RFID to Increase Efficiencies
Automotive electrical parts manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America (MEAA), has teamed up with Midtronics, a battery-management company, to add RFID functionality to test equipment that the parts maker's customers can utilize to gain an automated electronic record of maintenance and repair to those components. The system includes a single passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tag attached to a truck, to store the maintenance history of that vehicle's electrical system, as well as tags attached to the parts maker's components. Tags attached to components would have sufficient memory to allow each tag to store a more detailed maintenance history of the individual component to which it was attached. Dealers often return parts to the manufacturer that they claim are inoperable, but that are actually still functioning, having simply been misdiagnosed. As a result, the firm charges the dealership for these unnecessary repairs. Learn how the system can be used to provide the manufacturer with an automated way to receive warranty information, as well as data about the component's functionality, and then ease the process of completing a warranty claim, refurbishing or just replacing the part.
Chris Page, Senior Business Manager, Midtronics
Adam M. Warmack, Account Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
• The use of RFID to store data about a vehicle, including its make, model, year and maintenance history
• Better management of trucks' maintenance schedules, meaning that some parts may not need to be replaced as early as the company would have scheduled replacement, if testing found it operating properly

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
Using RFID to Locate Materials in Rugged Conditions
JV Driver Group, a provider of industrial construction services to the oil and gas, energy, petrochemical, forestry and mining sectors, is employing RFID tracking technology that utilizes rugged active tracking tags, chokepoint readers, vehicle readers and handheld interrogators to automate the receiving and locating of materials anywhere at its large industrial construction projects throughout Canada. In March 2011, the firm undertook a 12-month industrial construction project to construct complex pipe-rack and electrical modules within its 80-acre site in Edmonton, Alberta, that would later be shipped to an oil-sands mining site located in Northern Alberta. Tens of thousands of module components and equipment items of varying sizes arrived at Edmonton from around the world, via ocean shipping containers and heavy haul trucks. With so many components arriving at Edmonton within such a short timeframe, it was critical that the materials-management team be able to account for each piece and easily find every component, out of thousands of similar-looking parts in the warehouse or outdoor laydown yards—and in a timely fashion—without holding up a module's construction. Learn how JV Driver Group is utilizing rugged active RFID technology to help automate the receiving and locating of materials anywhere on the construction site.
Mark Carnduff, Director of Technology, JV Driver Group
• How the system created a very efficient work process for the materials-management team and work crews, by enabling 99 percent of the tagged materials to be located within less than five minutes (whereas in the past, it took an average of 30 minutes per piece)
• The benefits of using RFID-automated material-movement reports to track the progress of percentage completed for each module, as well as progress factors for receiving, storing, staging, issuing and installation
2:00 PM—Track Session
Improving WIP Tracking and Production Control Within the PCBA Process Via RFID
Cisco Systems, a worldwide leader in networking, and Jabil, its electronic manufacturing systems (EMS) partner, have teamed up to use embedded RFID tags on printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) for board identification and work-in-process (WIP) tracking within the PCBA process. The project was implemented in October 2011 at Jabil's Shanghai manufacturing facility. As an alternative to manual bar-code scanning, WIP tracking with RFID provides Jabil with a more accurate, real-time method of capturing serial numbers into its shop floor control system. Learn how the firm has realized productivity improvements of approximately 80 percent, by reducing the number of manual bar-code scans for WIP tracking and material purges, as well as improving asset visibility.
B.J. Favaro, Manager, Supply Chain, Cisco Systems
Bill Hajje, Global Process Manager, Jabil
• How the company leveraged boards with embedded RFID tags, providing seamless, automated and real-time WIP tracking and location data capture
• Future uses, including plans to equip an additional PCBA product line later in 2012
2:50 PM—Track Session
RFID Applications in Boeing Aircraft Production and Maintenance
Boeing is a leading airframe manufacturer in both the commercial and defense sectors, with several projects employing RFID technology. RFID-based tracking and tracing of aircraft parts in both the production and maintenance phases of the lifecycle brings significant value to all stakeholders within the aviation ecosystem, including airlines, the supply chain and airframe manufacturers. The common thread for all of these stakeholders is an improvement in quality, productivity and maintainability over an aircraft's lifecycle, spanning several years. The use of RFID enables automated data collection, verification and validation, resulting in improved accuracy and reduced flow time. The reduction in maintenance costs to airlines due to the implementation of RFID on several aircraft parts will be enhanced with a new service offering initiated by Boeing's RFID integrated solutions division. Learn how the stakeholders are working together to maximize the benefits offered by the technology.
Lois Hill, Technical Operations Manager, RFID Integrated Solutions, Boeing CAS Information Services, Boeing
Anil Kumar, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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