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.

May 4 11:00 AM

American Woodmark Boosts Manufacturing Efficiency With RFID

The manufacturer and distributer of high-quality, built-to-order kitchen cabinets and vanities has implemented RFID across seven of its supply chain facilities to improve inventory accuracy and enhance visibility throughout the manufacturing process. RFID is providing a return on investment by successfully reducing cycle count labor and significantly increasing the accuracy of the inventory counts. Learn how American Woodmark constructed a system that delivers real value.
Speakers: Dave Johnson, Materials Technology and Projects Manager, American Woodmark Corp.; Sam Thomas, RFID Project Manager, American Woodmark Corp.
May 4 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Sessions

Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
May 4 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 4 3:00 PM

RFID Reduces Inventory Time and Improves Visibility for Tile Maker

Maruhachi Ceramics of America (MCA) is employing a radio frequency identification solution to track the locations of 50,000 pallets loaded with products, and has thereby reduced the amount of time needed to take inventory of its clay roofing tiles by 98 percent. The system also ensures that personnel know where a specific product is located when they need to load it onto a truck. Learn how the firm has expanded the deployment to include supplies and tools, to better ensure that components and materials required for manufacturing can be found when needed.
Speaker: Linda Hanson, CFO, Maruhachi Ceramics of America (MCA)
May 4 3:50 PM

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

This award will be given to the end-user company that has best used RFID technology to enhance an existing product or service. The winner will be the company that demonstrates how it is using RFID to provide additional value to its customers. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: Agilent, for its Cross Lab Inventory Management Services, which helps its employees track and manage its customers lab equipment; Innovative Timing Systems, for an RFID race timing solution that is integrated with high-definition video and television broadcast systems to ensure accurate race results and enable the sharing of data with a large audience; TrackCore, for its tissue and implant tracking software integrated with RFID enclosures.
Speakers: Kurt Hansen, CEO, Innovative Timing Systems; Alan J. Brander, National Vice President Sales & Marketing, TrackCore; James A. Casavant, CTO/COO, TrackCore; Scott Thull, Senior Product Manager, Life Sciences, Agilent Technologies
May 4 4:40 PM

Reichhold Uses RFID to Increase Composite Pipe Production

Reichhold, one of the world's largest suppliers of unsaturated polyester resins for composites, is using RFID to monitor the surface temperature of a fiberglass pipe assembly during the curing process inside its customer's oven. Learn how the system successfully tracked the composite cure profile and increased production at one of the first sites at which it was used. Hear how the firm plans to use the technology to provide the same benefits to additional customers in the future.
Speaker: Douglas Betts, Ph.D., Group Leader, Analytical Services, Chemist Associate, Composites, Reichhold
May 5 9:00 AM

Developing an RFID Strategy for Manufacturing

RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term needs. This session will explain how to create a long-term strategy that can enable businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a wide variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 5 9:45 AM

RFID Speeds Vehicles Through Assembly

Troy Design & Manufacturing (TDM), a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., is using an RFID-based solution to reduce the amount of labor time employees spend manually tracking work-in-progress (WIP) on paper. Three years after installing the system at the new plant—which converts various vehicles from Ford Motor Co. into Police Interceptor models—TDM has managed to outperform its expected production rates. Hear how RFID is being used to improve WIP data accuracy, reduce labor times and increase production output rates.
Speaker: Lee Murray, Director of Technology, Troy Design & Manufacturing Co./Ford Motor Co.
May 5 10:30 AM

RFID Reduces Shipping Time for Manufacturer

Biomecanica, a Brazilian manufacturer of biometric orthopedic prosthetics, has improved its shipping efficiency by implementing radio frequency identification, making it possible to significantly reduce the process times for four stages (separation, conference, billing and shipping). Before the RFID-enabled solution was deployed, it took approximately three hours from shipment to shipping for 200 pieces. Learn how RFID has reduced the process time for the same amount of products down to 20 minutes.
Speaker: Edson Perin, Editor, RFID Journal Brazil