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24 October 2012

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09:00Preconference Seminars Continue in Breakout Rooms
RFID in Construction and Energy
15:00General Session:
Welcome and Introduction
Sigmund Berle Jensen, CEO, GS1 Norway
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
15:15General Session:
RFID in Rail
Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration, is responsible for the infrastructure of Sweden's transportation sector—rail, road, sea and air. Radio frequency identification is one of several prioritized technologies in widespread use. The country's railways are investing heavily in RFID, and are establishing a nationwide reader infrastructure. Working closely with railway companies, operators and major end users, early pilots have demonstrated excellent results for all involved parties. One critical success factor has been standardization, based on GS1 standards, both for tag-data structure and data sharing between organizations. A European cooperation involving more than 15 nations and GS1 was formed to create a common RFID standard for railways throughout Europe, based on passive UHF technology (ISO 18000-6C), which has earned international recognition.
Gunnar Ivansson, RFID Coach and Strategy Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration, Learningwell AB
15:45General Session:
Railroad Streamlines Operations With RFID
Finnish state-owned railroad operator VR Group is employing EPC Gen 2 RFID technology to track 10,000 rail-freight wagons, locomotives and passenger cars, thereby helping the company and its subsidiary to manage rail cars and work processes within its rail yards. The use of RFID-enabled technology has improved the efficiency of its rail-yard processes, better managed its rail-car inventory and maintenance orders, and improved customer service, by delivering detailed information to customers regarding which shipments have arrived, and when. Learn how personnel can identify wagons automatically, and at a distance, by using handheld readers while walking alongside a train and utilizing the devices to interrogate each rail car's tags. Additionally, hear how employees can confirm that the cars are located behind the correct locomotive, and in the intended order, even after wagons have been shifted and a new train has been assembled within the yard.
Mikko Särkkä, Head of IT, Logistics, VR Group, Ltd.
• The use of the RFID system to improve yard-management by automating work orders, speeding up the process of reporting car defects and ensuring correct train composition
• How the switch from a manual system to an automated one has saved the firm labor costs
16:30General Session:
RFID Delivers Visibility and Improved ROI for CPG Manufacturers
Norsk Lastbærer Pool (NLP), established by Norwegian consumer products goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers to manage a nationwide pool of pallets, is transitioning to plastic pallets and crates with embedded UHF RFID tags. This allows companies to track when tagged pallets are packed, shipped, received at distribution centers and shipped again to retailers. The firm is also utilizing RFID within its own operations. Learn how the RFID pallet program is delivering real supply chain benefits to CPG companies.
Tom Romanich, Business Manager, Norsk Lastbærer Pool
• How RFID handheld interrogators and fixed reader portals are being used to improve visibility at the factories, as well as at two DCs
• How pallet and crate users benefit, since the RFID system enables an accurate and more efficient reporting of pallet movements, thereby ensuring minimal loss and providing real economic benefits
• How NLP has approached the task of building a standardized infrastructure for the Norwegian retail market
17:00General Session:
Update on RFID Around the World
What is the true state of RFID adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America? Which companies are achieving real benefits, and which applications are driving adoption? When will we see the technology begin to make an impact on businesses in Europe? As RFID Journal's editor, Mark Roberti has had a unique view of the RFID industry's development around the globe. This session will explore the key trends and deployments worldwide, and offer participants insights into how adoption will likely occur over the next three years.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
17:30Reception on Exhibit Floor
19:00Reception Ends

25 October 2012

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08:30Continental Breakfast on Exhibit Floor
09:00General Session:
Welcome Back and Introduction
Sigmund Berle Jensen, CEO, GS1 Norway
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
09:15Keynote Session:
Airbus Leads the Way: The Benefits of an Enterprise Approach to RFID
RFID Journal Award winner Airbus has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of radio frequency identification, by deploying the technology as "business radar" across all aspects of its business, including supply chain logistics, transportation, manufacturing and aircraft in-flight operations. This approach, which leverages a passive and active RFID reader infrastructure for multiple applications operating on a common software platform, has yielded significant benefits for the company. In this keynote session, hear the latest updates, as well as future plans, from the head of the firm's RFID program.
Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
09:50General Session:
Tracking Sound and Vibration Levels Via RFID
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is employing RFID to capture data regarding vibration, as well as gauge the acoustic emissions, during space shuttle and rocket launches at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located at Patrick Air Force Base. Active RFID sensor tags are being used to transmit data to a reader and a PC, where the information can be reviewed in order to determine the sound and vibration levels generated by a rocket launch. The solution consists of active 2.4 GHz RFID tags with built-in sensors that capture the vibrations resulting at different areas surrounding a launch pad during liftoff. Learn how NASA uses the data to gain a greater understanding of the sound waves emitted from launches, and to better predict any potential damage that the waves might cause to equipment and structures within the area. Gain an understanding of how the technology may be used in the future to improve mission safety.
Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, Aerospace Engineer, Safety, International Space Station (ISS) , NASA
• Ensuring that ground equipment and structures are safe, reliable and operational through the use of RFID
• Using tags with strain sensors (instead of vibration sensors) to measure the amount of deformation to containers known as composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV), used to store pressurized fluids
10:30General Session:
American Apparel Explains the Value of Item-Level RFID in Retail
American Apparel, a vertically integrated clothing manufacturer and retailer in the United States, has been at the forefront of using RFID to track items within its stores. The firm attributes improved stock levels and store performance to the technology, and is realizing a return on investment (ROI) on RFID-enabled stores within six months. Learn how this pioneering company is changing how retail stores operate, by using RFID for weekly inventory counts and daily cycle counts. Hear how the RFID system has decreased shrinkage, reduced out-of-stocks and increased sales and margins.
Stacey Shulman, VP of Technology, American Apparel
• Why the RFID-enabled stores are outperforming the non-RFID locations
• How the use of RFID has changed the internal culture, since employees understand that items are precisely tracked, which diminishes their chances of getting away with theft
11:15General Session:
Mojix Passive RTLS: Changing the Paradigm of Tracking
Roelof Koopmans, Managing Director, Mojix
11:30Networking Break on Exhibit Floor
12:00—Track Sessions
Improving Operational Efficiency:
ACT System Saves Money for Customers With RFID Solutions
In order to track the 200,000 plastic sacks sent annually by food retailers, shops and kiosks to its production plant at Alnabru, in Oslo, Norsk Resirk AS has installed an RFID solution supplied by ACT Systems. Norsk Resirk has seen a strong growth in the quantities of plastic bottles and aluminum cans it processes for recycling under Norway's deposit-refund system. With this new solution, the company will have up-to-date information about the plastic sacks' progress through its logistics chain. Learn how the system installed by ACT is simplifying the task of planning and procuring transport services, and how it is using RFID to optimize production by ensuring that the plastic sacks arrive at predetermined times at the Alnabru plant.

Also in this session, hear how The Tag Factory is benefitting from its affiliation with ACT Systems.
Egil Sorflaten, Key Account Manager, RFID, ACT System Skandinavia A/S
Dipl.-lng Pim van Loosbroek, President and CEO, The Tag Factory
12:45—Track Sessions
Enhancing Visibility and Traceability:
Grupo Vidrala Improves Efficiency and Reduce Errors With RFID
Grupo Vidrala, a manufacturer of glass containers used by the food and agriculture industries, is employing an RFID system—with EPC Gen 2 readers installed on forklifts, and tags affixed to loaded pallets—at three of its factories, in order to improve efficiency by tracking products from the point of production to when the goods are loaded onto trucks destined for customers. The Spanish-based company has been expanding its operations throughout the past decade, with the addition of three Spanish production centers, as well as plants in Italy, Portugal and Belgium. The firm's 13 glass-melting furnaces have the combined capacity to produce more than 3.5 billion containers. After introducing a SAP software system at all of its facilities, Vidrala began seeking other technology solutions that could tie into that warehouse-management system, in order to improve efficiency and be able to track every pallet. After completing its installation of the RFID system at plants in Spain and Portugal, management has been able to reduce the amount of time required for moving product, and to receive alerts in the event that errors occur.
José Manuel Delicado, Chief of Maintenance, Research and Development, Grupo Vidrala
• How RFID has provided traceability of every pallet, eliminating errors in movements and shipping
• Future plans to expand RFID to the firm's Belgian and Italian factories
Improving Operational Efficiency:
Tracking and Tracing Vehicles With RFID
A consortium of approximately 20 automobile manufacturers, suppliers, logistics firms, research institutes, and IT and software companies is testing the use of radio frequency identification in production and logistics processes within Germany's automotive industry, as part of the RFID-based Automotive Network (RAN) project. Supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the companies are working together to kick-start the implementation of RFID within the German automotive industry. In this session, the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM), in partnership with BIBA—Bremer Institute of Production und Logistics, will share the results of the RFID installation within its quality-assessment section. Hear why the use of the track-and-trace system is of central importance in the creation of industry standards for enterprise-wide deployment.
Dirk Werthmann, Research Scientist, Bremen Institute for Production (BIBA)
• How RFID technology is being used throughout the logistics network
• How the OEM overcame the challenge of installing the system within an area containing metal obstructions
13:30Lunch on Exhibit Floor
14:45—Track Sessions
Improving Operational Efficiency:
RFID Delivers Supply Chain Management Benefits to ThyssenKrupp Steel
ThyssenKrupp Steel, one of the world's largest steel companies, is employing radio frequency identification to streamline supply chain processes, harness automation more extensively and reduce costs. The firm was the first steel company to use RFID to identify slabs across a supply chain from Brazil to Europe and the United States, via several trans-shipment terminals. Learn how RFID is providing real benefits to the company, and how it plans to utilize the technology in the future.
Heiner Niehues, SCV-Platform / RFID Technology Lead, ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
• How RFID is being used to significantly shorten slab-loading times at terminals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and in Mobile, Alabama
• Future uses of RFID, including the tracking and tracing of slabs, rolls, coils, machine parts, spares and handling equipment
Enhancing Visibility and Traceability:
Adding Value to the Cold Chain Via RFID
The shelf life of perishable products is determined not only by time, but also by temperature. Two cases of the same product, packed and processed simultaneously, could have significantly different shelf lives if one were subjected to higher temperatures. Strømbergs Plast, a supplier of containers to several of the region's largest food companies, is employing RFID to document the cold chain—not just preserve it. Learn how the company used the technology on a mobile phone platform to keep customers' products cold, while documenting temperature levels.
Knut Rinden, Marketing Manager, Strømbergs Plast AS
• The benefits of utilizing RFID to add value to already established products
• How to leverage GPS, GSM, RFID and temperature tracking in the same application, in order to establish an accurate chain of custody
15:30—Track Sessions
Enhancing Visibility and Traceability:
Reducing Out-of-Stocks With RFID
The University of Parma's RFID Lab has completed the second phase of a project designed to test radio frequency identification's potential to increase turnover rates at retail and manufacturing organizations, by reducing and preventing out-of-stocks on store shelves. A variety of food and fast-moving consumer goods companies participated, including Auchan, Coop-Centrale Adriatica, Conad, Danone, Lavazza, Nestlé, Parmalat and Parmacotto. Indicod-Ecr, GS1's Italian representative, also took part in the research, and provided Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards developed by EPCglobal. The project mainly involves Auchan's distribution center, located at Calcinate (Bergamo, Italy), and at two of its retail hypermarkets. The DC affixed EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to approximately 5,000 cases of a panel of 60 fresh and dry goods. Learn how the pilot focused on the stores' replenishment processes, and how RFID was used to monitor stock levels, both in the stores' back rooms and shop areas, to reduce product shrinkage, as well as to optimize on-shelf inventory levels.
Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
• How RFID can be used in the prevention of out-of-stock events, as well as to potentially reduce product shrinkage and inventory levels
• Using the EPCglobal network for real-time monitoring and managing of supply chain processes, and for increasing store turnover
Improving Operational Efficiency:
Providing Accuracy and Customer Service With RFID-Enabled Delivery Documentation and Notification Services
Fosen Transport, established in 1987, is a Norwegian transportation company committed to delivering value-added services to its clients, through the use of radio frequency identification. The firm is using RFID-equipped pallets to create added-value services for partners within the supply chain, as well as deploying an RFID-enabled infrastructure inside distribution trucks, in order to document incoming and delivered pallets. This session will provide new insights and detailed experiences from distribution center to store, on one of Norway's longest distribution routes.
Kathrin Fründt, Manager, Fosen Transport
• How to overcome the challenges of reading RFID inside a truck
• The benefits of EPCIS RFID-based services within distribution value chains
• How shipping can be executed by a single read point on RFID-enabled trucks
16:10Coffee Break
16:25—Track Sessions
Improving Operational Efficiency:
RFID Boosts Shipment Accuracy, Speed
Metsä Fibre, a Finnish producer of wood pulp, has employed a UHF RFID solution to track bales of pulp from the point of manufacture to their delivery to paper mills. The solution was taken live in December 2011, following a pilot of the technology at Metsä Fibre's pulp mill in the city of Rauma. In January of this year, one of Metsä Fibre's customers—a paper mill—began reading the tags in order to document the receipt of pulp shipments, as well as storing that data and sharing it with Metsä Fibre. RFID readers were installed on forklifts and at a conveyor portal, affording the company better data regarding where particular grades of pulp are located, without requiring its staff to manually write down serial numbers. Learn how the firm has seen an improvement in order shipment accuracy, since the tagged items cannot be erroneously sent to the incorrect customer simply because one bale looks very similar to another. What's more, hear how management can now receive information much more efficiently regarding a particular order's status and a specific bale's location.
Tarja Nousiainen, VP of Key Accounts and Pulp Supplies, Metsä Fibre
• How the system decreases the amount of manual labor that might previously have been spent searching for orders, or identifying a particular bale
• Future uses, including the potential to provide status information to customers with regard to the time and date that an order was filled or shipped.
Enhancing Visibility and Traceability:
Effectively Tracking Livestock With UHF Tags
The Danish Agriculture & Food Council conducted a three-year pilot at five farms using ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology to track pigs from a few weeks after they are born until they are sold or received at a slaughterhouse. The project, known as PigTracker, included five Danish pig breeders, with up to 3,000 animals receiving RFID ear tags at each location. The system was tested on individual herds at five different breeder locations, as well as at a single slaughterhouse, with each animal receiving an RFID tag attached to its ear. Farmers could access pig-related information in the software, which featured a graphical display showing which animals were located within each unit or pen, based on data collected by the handheld and fixed readers. Learn how the UHF tags' longer read ranges—up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) with fixed readers and 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) using a handheld device—make it easier to track animals that move quickly in multiple directions.
Niels Peter Baadsgaard, DVM, Ph.D., Chief Researcher, Pig Research Center, Danish Agriculture & Food Council
• How the UHF technology works in a farming environment
• Potential future uses of UHF RFID as a farm-management tool, including the possibility within other areas of farming as an asset-management tool
17:05—Track Sessions
Improving Operational Efficiency:
Comprehensive Analysis of RFID Performance in Retail Stores: What Can a Retailer Expect?
The University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center has completed detailed analysis of the EPC read environments of various retailers' stores. The study, comprising thousands of hours of exhaustive data capture and analysis of tagged items within actual retail store implementations, contains information regarding the data-capture rates and performance of the current generation of RFID technology. Process issues that retailers might address to achieve better EPC performance are quantified, including supplier source tagging, label attachment, returns, in-store tagging, store environment, tag performance, reader performance, scanning, associating RFID information and more.
Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas
Enhancing Visibility and Traceability:
Tracking the Temperatures of Super-Chilled Meat Products Via RFID
SINTEF ICT, a Norwegian government research council, recently funded a project to improve and secure marine and agricultural food processing within that country. The project included plans to use technology to improve hygiene, cold chains and fresh-food traceability. The project was designed to study the ability of RFID sensor tags to track the temperatures of fresh legs of lamb as they were transported by truck from slaughterhouse to distribution center. Although the practice of super-chilling food products below the freezing point to stop bacteria growth is fairly commonplace with fish, few meat producers or companies in the supply chain super-chill meat because the temperature threshold is very tight. Temperatures must remain colder than 0 degrees Celsius, but not fall below -1.7 degrees Celsius, or else the quality of the fresh meat could degrade. Learn how RFID technology was used to track the temperatures of super-chilled meat products being transported from an abattoir to a distribution center in Norway.
Eskil Forås, Research Manager, Fisheries and Aquaculture, SINTEF ICT
• The challenges faced during the project, including hardware-related problems
• Results, including whether the proper temperatures were maintained within the truck, and whether the online monitoring was found to be beneficial.
17:45Conference Concludes

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