RFID Journal LIVE! 2014TracksSupply Chain/Logistics

Supply Chain/Logistics

Worldwide, RFID technology is contributing to improving operational efficiency at a wide variety of industries and organizations. From lowering the cost of managing the shipping practices 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, transporting goods or managing assets, RFID is the key to steering an organization toward better profitability. This track will focus on how leading firms are utilizing RFID to achieve benefits today.

Apr. 9 1:30 PM

Manufacturer Saves $120,000 Annually in Reduced Labor Costs Via RFID

The factory that produces Trane heating and air-conditioning systems in Tyler, Texas, uses a kanban (just-in-time-ordering) system to ensure the efficient movement of components from a third-party warehouse to the plant. The firm has boosted efficiency by adding RFID technology to automate the process of identifying when supplies are received at its plant. A process that previously lasted for approximately 30 minutes—the receiving of goods at the factory's warehouse, and the scanning of those products' bar codes—now takes only about five minutes to complete, as workers pass the RFID-tagged goods through a fixed RFID reader. The system notifies the factory's workers and management when goods are onsite, and can thus be expected on the assembly line. Learn how the software can also issue alerts indicating that something has not been received when expected—such as components for which tags were printed at the warehouse, but that did not arrive at the plant within the anticipated span of time.
Speaker: Reuben Thurman, IT Operations Analyst, Ingersoll Rand

Takeaways

  • How the firm increased read rates by shortening the audible tone emitted during each read event
  • Future uses, including the installation of additional RFID readers to capture the movements of goods within the factory
Apr. 9 2:20 PM

RFID Tracks Chemical Inventory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the largest science and energy national laboratories in the United States, is monitoring its inventory of chemicals within 1,200 individual storage areas via RFID technology. The solution, consisting of passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags, handheld readers, printers and software, allows laboratory managers and technicians to accomplish inventory checks within a matter of hours, as opposed to the days required to track the same materials via bar-code labels and scanners. As each new chemical is received, data is input into the system, after which staff members print an RFID tag with a unique ID number encoded to it, and that same number is printed on the front, both in text format and as a 2-D bar code. The adhesive tag is then applied either to the container itself, such as a bottle or canister, or to a zip-lock bag in which the vial or container is placed. Learn how the system saves time by about 80 percent. And hear about other uses for the technology, including the management of construction materials coming from multiple countries for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a fusion energy project funded by seven member entities: the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
Speaker: Jeff Sickau, HMMP Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Takeaways

  • The benefits of utilizing a handheld reader to identify the locations of chemicals at hundreds of storage locations
  • How the system is being used to manage Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6), a highly hazardous gas
Apr. 9 3:10 PM

Rehrig Pacific Reduces Supply Chain Costs With RFID

Rehrig Pacific Company, a leading manufacturer of reusable transport packaging systems and transportation services provider, has tagged hundreds of thousands of returnable transport items, including pallets, dairy cases, distribution and display crates, beverage crates and more with passive RFID, NFC and other technologies for clients such as Pepsi, Kroger, and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Rehrig captures data, such as dwell time, location, shrinkage, etc., on these assets and shares it with customers. Hear how the systems improves supply chain efficiency and how some customers use business intelligence tools to enable proactive stock balancing and improve product availability.
Speaker: Kaley Parkinson, Director, Supply Chain Technology Services, Rehrig Pacific Company

Takeaways

  • How the system decreases costs though better asset management and utilization to reduce attrition and outage expenses
  • The benefits of utilizing the iApp cloud and mobile offerings to host applications
Apr. 9 4:00 PM

Creating an Integrated and Dynamic Control System Using RFID

TINE SA, Norway's largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy goods, manufactures 200 different products at 40 locations. TINE's most famous product is its Jarlsberg cheese, which is sold worldwide. Hear how RFID technology will create the event data for a new planning and control system. Learn how the firm expects to use key RFID infrastructure projects to cut costs and improve asset management, by automating processes associated with the flow of pallets through the supply chain, and by tracking transportation assets. Find out how key RFID infrastructure projects are being implemented to form the foundation of TINE's integrated and dynamic planning and control system, based on real-time information—and how TINE is using GS1's standards.
Speakers: Geir Velve, CTO, HRAFN; Dag E. Gotteberg Haartveit, Supply Chain Developer, TINE SA
Apr. 10 9:00 AM

Case Study: Social Security Administration Manages IT Assets With RFID

In September 2012, an RFID system was installed to track servers at the U.S. Social Security Administration's 100,000-square-foot Woodlawn data center. Passive UHF hard-cased tags were attached to 15,000 servers, with fixed reader portals located at the data center's exit, and with handhelds used to capture inventory data from servers and other IT equipment stored in racks. In this session, the leader of that project will explain why the agency decided to deploy RFID, how it chose its technology partner, how the system was rolled out and the business benefits the system has delivered. In addition, hear how the project is being expanded, and how RFID is being used to provide more accurate inventory counts, as well as improved asset utilization and accountability.
Apr. 10 9:45 AM

Manufacturer Tracks Inventory in Real Time Via RFID

Packaging manufacturer Accord Carton delivers quality-finished cartons to companies in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the company's warehouse uses robots to move pallets to conveyors to prepare for distribution. The current system can identify when each pallet is loaded, sized and placed into or taken out of storage. Learn how Accord Carton plans to expand the system's use by installing an RFID reader at the loading dock, in order to extend that visibility to the shipping of goods and automatically update the finished goods inventory. With the system in place, the firm can now prevent errors and gain a more detailed inventory of where each pallet is located. Hear how it can also share that data with its customers, enabling them to view which products have been manufactured by inputting an order number linked to specific pallet IDs, and thereby learning whether those cartons are in storage or have been shipped.
Speaker: William Codo, Vice President, Accord Carton