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RFID in Harsh Environments

Companies in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, construction and manufacturing industries face some special challenges as they seek to use RFID technologies to increase operational safety and efficiency, as well as improve financial results. Tags used for many applications in these sectors must survive high temperatures, extreme cold, physical abuse or exposure to chemicals. During this preconference seminar, learn about the durable tags on the market, how to evaluate tags for your particular applications and how companies in these sectors are successfully using RFID in harsh environments for asset tracking, personnel safety and equipment maintenance, as well as for speeding up production and shipping processes.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

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April 30, 2013

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together

11:30 AM

RFID-Enabled Vests Improve Visibility and Traceability
The FAA requires a physical count on each seat in an aircraft, to verify the existence of required life vests. EAM Worldwide, a manufacturer of aviation life vests and life rafts, is embedding rugged RFID tags in life vest products, in order to automate compliance, maintenance and inventory-management tasks. The use of RFID-enabled vests and a hand-held scanner enables airlines to verify on-board life vest inventory within seconds, streamlining the compliance audit process, as well as improving audit accuracy. Learn how the data collected onboard can be forwarded to the organization's inventory-management systems, where issues such as inventory losses and upcoming service requirements can be identified and addressed.

John Hatzis, Senior Software Developer, EAM RFID Solutions
• The benefits of using an RFID-enabled system to meet government regulations and ensure timely asset availability
• How EAM decreased production time and reduced errors, while increasing on-time delivery

12:15 PM

Improving Safety in the Natural Gas Industry With RFID
Viridis Technologies, a manufacturer of alternative fuel dispensers based in Toronto and Ohio, is using RFID to facilitate safe fueling for green transportation technologies, including natural gas and hydrogen. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is utilized as a vehicle fuel in more than 75 countries worldwide. With the increased availability of domestically produced natural gas, CNG is seen as a viable, cost-effective substitute for imported liquid fuels. Internationally, Viridis' RFID-based technology is recognized as a means of reducing the number of fatal accidents due to faulty equipment on vehicles. In the United States, the solution has the capability of ensuring that only EPA-approved systems are installed on board vehicles. Learn how the firm is employing RFID to improve CNG's reputation as a vehicle fuel, and to promote traceability within the natural gas industry.

Ian Patterson, President, Viridis Technologies

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Weatherford Enhances Downhole Drilling Operations Via RFID
Oil and gas drilling requires RFID systems that are operable in the harshest environments and can overcome such issues as frequent extreme vibration, high pressure and temperature, harsh downhole fluids, and extended use and run times. Working collaboratively with Marathon Oil and PetroWell, Weatherford developed a drilling reamer that employs RFID technology to enable multiple, on-demand activations or deactivations any time during the drilling or tripping processes. To test activation or deactivation of a drilling reamer, a field trial was conducted on the Casey Edward well, drilled by Marathon Oil in North Dakota. The field trial, including a total of eight successful activations ir deactivations, proved the tool operational. Learn how the drilling reamer reduces operating time, as well as risk, and how overall drilling efficiency is increased and development economics are improved.

Eddie Valverde, Global Product Line Manager, Weatherford
• How the drilling reamer saves from two to six days of drilling or tripping in and out of the hole
• The benefits of using RFID as an activation method for downhole drilling tools, effectively replacing the antiquated mechanical ball-drop or shear-pin operation

2:30 PM

Choosing the Right RFID Technology for Manufacturing and Harsh Environments
Many tags claim to be suitable for harsh environments, but as different as tags are, so are the definitions of "harsh" for various use cases. Standards are difficult to read, however, and tend to show up mostly in the form of strange numbers on datasheets. This presentation will explain the most relevant standards, and visualize the test methods associated with each, thereby enabling attendees to better map their needs to datasheet specifications and make the proper tag choice for their particular use cases. This session will also outline the steps that manufacturers must take to choose the right RFID system for a wide array of applications, including tracking parts bins, returnable transport containers, tools, work-in-process, finished goods inventory and much more, while building out an infrastructure for tracking and better managing other assets.

Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product-Management Identification Technologies, HID Global

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

Atlanta's Transit Authority Enhances Track Worker Safety With RFID
Track inspections are one of the most hazardous jobs in the rail industry, because the integrity of the rail and track conditions plays a significant role in ensuring that trains are able to move people safely. Inspections of the rail and track area are often conducted at all hours of the day and night, due to the frequency of required inspections, and the job presents hazards as track inspectors often walk along tracks while trains are in revenue service. MARTA rapid transit system (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) has partnered with Bombardier Transportation to utilize RFID to improve safety for railway workers and track-side workers. MARTA is using passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tags embedded in wristbands worn by employees, readers installed along the tracks and motion sensors to detect oncoming trains to alert workers about those trains. Learn how the system is being used to enable automated setup of safety zones for workers, and to provide timely alerts for train operators, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.

Abhay Joshi PMP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Mark Willer, Product Development Manager, Bombardier Transportation
• How the system is being used to trigger warning lights when trains are within 1,000 feet and 500 feet of workers on the tracks, as well as a simultaneous audible alert, warning nearby personnel
• How the solution reduces risk for workers while improving processes, thus providing operational value for MARTA

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminars and Workshops Conclude

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 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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