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Improving Operational Efficiency

Across Europe, RFID technology is contributing to improving operational efficiency at a wide variety of companies and organizations. 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. This track will focus on how leading European firms are utilizing RFID to achieve benefits today.

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25 October 2012

12:00—Track Session
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 Session
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
14:45—Track Session
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
15:30—Track Session
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
16:25—Track Session
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.
17:05—Track Session
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

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