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RFID in Manufacturing Case Study Presentations

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The editors of RFID Journal have created a DVD with 16 end-user case studies of the use of RFID in manufacturing, plus seven additional presentations by RFID experts.

This DVD contains PowerPoint presentations recorded at events hosted by RFID Journal.

Bonus Presentations on DVD

Airbus Reveals the Benefits of an Enterprise Approach to RFID

Airbus, the 2008 RFID Journal Award winner for best implementation, has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of RFID 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. The head of the company's RFID program will explain some ways in which Airbus leverages its RFID "business radar," as well as some of the benefits the technology helps to deliver.

• Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus

How John Deere Uses RFID To Improve Its Bottom Line

John Deere & Co. is deploying RFID and related technologies to enable some of its core order-fulfillment processes and support its dealer network. The firm uses RFID and other tracking technologies to improve both its bottom-line profitability and its top-line revenue. In this session, the company will discuss some of the elements of its strategy, as well as several key projects in manufacturing, logistics and its dealer channel.

• Mark Moran, Manager of Tracking Systems—Advanced Technology and Engineering., Deere & Company

Using RFID to Manage Repair, Maintenance and Inspection Processes

Boeing is testing an RFID solution known as the Automated Identification Technology (AIT) Retrofit Package, designed for managing aircraft parts through repair, maintenance and inspection processes. Developed in partnership with Fujitsu, the system includes all hardware, middleware, software and integration required by airlines or other customers to track aircraft components. Learn how Boeing isolated five priorities among the 33 identified uses for RFID in the airline industry, and how airlines will benefit from the system.

• Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, Boeing

Sketching the User Experience—Rapidly Deploying RFID for Maximum Success at Bombardier

Bombardier, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art planes and trains, is working with leading transit authorities to design and develop a solution that will enhance safety in the transportation industry. Understanding an end user's needs and designing an engaging experience was identified as a key objective to making sure the project results in a successful deployment. This session will discuss the approach that was followed to create the user experience, as well as the impact it has had on the evolution of the proposed ingenious and sustainable solution.
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• Keith Sheardown, General Manager, Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation

Reducing Inventory-Management Costs With RFID

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), a manufacturer of optical fibers, optical cables and other related products, is using an RFID-enabled solution to monitor the level of raw materials in its 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company's manufacturing process is in operation 24-7, but its warehouse is only staffed for 40 hours a week, leaving a large gap of time during which raw material movements were unmonitored. When manufacturing personnel removed material during off-hours, the warehouse's raw material count was incorrect, leading to occasional material shortages. Hear how the firm is employing radio frequency identification to track raw materials, thereby resulting in fewer material shortages and disruptions to the production schedule.

• Cosby Dudley, Production Planning Manager, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

Kimberly-Clark Uses RFID to Improve Shipping Accuracy at Manufacturing Plants

Kimberly-Clark conducted a pilot program at one of its plants that produce non-woven materials used in the manufacture of Huggies-brand diapers. The pilot showed a decrease in shipping errors, as well as a reduction in loading times. In this session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE! 2009, K-C explains how it employed passive RFID tags to track the finished materials as they came off the machine and were shipped to the company's manufacturing plants.

• Matthew Hudgins, Operations Consultant, Kimberly-Clark

Tracking Tool Data and Usage, and Reducing Human Error With RFID

Machine-tool operators often need to manually input data regarding each tool, which can result in human error. FANUC FA America, a manufacturer of computer numerical controllers (CNC) for machining centers, has teamed up with a maker of sensor, networking and RFID products to offer an automated way to track tool information and usage, thereby eliminating the chance of human errors, which can create higher operating costs for manufacturers.

• Jerry Scherer, Design Engineer, FANUC FA America

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer Streamlines Supply Chain With RFID

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), a contract aerospace and defense manufacturer, is using RFID to track work in process (WIP) for its cable-harness product line, creating transparency of the firm's inventory and manufacturing processes, up and down the supply chain. In this session, hear how the deployment brought about a dramatic transformation in the firm's operations, trimming costs and streamlining manufacturing while also enabling Boeing to track its orders in real time.

• Jeremy Mercer, Chief Engineer and Director of Information Technology, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing

Improving Inventory Control in the Packaging Industry

Sonoco, a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial packaging and a provider of packaging services, is integrating UHF tags inside the cores used for European décor paper. The system has been successfully used since 2008 in the firm's core plant in Lauda, Germany. Hear how the company is utilizing RFID to automatically track each roll of paper throughout its lifecycle. Learn how the system has improved inventory accuracy, and how some of its customers are reporting 10 percent savings on annual paper purchasing.

• Jeff Stacy, Segment Manager, NA Industrial Carriers/NA Converted Products, Sonoco

Using RFID to Deliver Value to the Manufacturing Process

Steinmetz, one of the world's largest diamond groups, purchases rough diamonds and processes them into finished polished stones ready for sale. Its business process involves the shipping of high-value stones between locations and individuals. Steinmetz needed a secure solution that could read thousands of stacked diamond parcels in very close proximity in any orientation with 100 percent reliability, and that would be easy to use and globally deployable. Learn how the firm is employing an RFID system that securely tracks and traces stones as they move among various manufacturing departments, personnel and locations in real time.

• Pavlo Protopapa, CFO, Diacor International Ltd.—Steinmetz Diamond Group

Real-World RFID for Supply-Chain Optimization at Monsanto

Senior executives need to understand RFID's growing importance for supply chain efficiency, inventory accuracy and reverse logistics throughout the lifecycle of each product. Using RFID to enhance its retail replenishment strategy, agricultural company Monsanto can now track its products with unprecedented levels of granularity, utilizing item-level tagging across its enterprise. In this session, the company will share how it employs RFID to make the most efficient and effective use of existing resources and how it developed this strategy.

• William Schulz, Global Supply Chain Continuous Improvement/Optimization Lead, Monsanto

How RFID Delivers Shipping Accuracy and Cost Savings

DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, receives more than half of its ExpressKit orders to be shipped out on the same day they arrive. Employees had to bar-code-scan each component in each kit twice—sometimes more than 100 per kit—then repack them before shipping. Learn how the company implemented an RFID system that dramatically improved shipping accuracy, shortened the kits' typical check-in and -out times and made it possible to more accurately bill surgeons for the items they actually use.

• Dave Johnson, Director of Distribution & Logistics, DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson

2010 RFID Journal Award for Best RFID Implementation: Minera Norge

Minera Norge was selected for the 2010 Best RFID Implementation award for a system that manages pallets of slate from production to warehouse, and on through the shipping process. This session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE!, explains why the system was deployed, as well as the benefits the company receives.

• Knut Fossum, Manager of Production, Minera Norge

Michelin Adds Value by Embedding RFID in Truck Tires

Michelin North America is developing and testing solutions that will enable transponders to stick with a tire casing throughout its life. In this session, learn how the company is using radio frequency identification to add value to the tires it provides to its customers in the commercial-trucking industry. Hear how the firm has successfully employed RFID in pilot projects, as well as its plans for future uses of the technology.

• Chris Tolbert, Business Segment Manager, Commercial Truck Tires, Michelin

Using RFID to Overcome Rugged Conditions

Schneider Electric, a global energy-management company headquartered in France, needs to know the status of its parts and equipment at all times. The company's products are placed in very harsh environments with high voltage and high current that prohibit the use of wired sensors. Its equipment is often installed in areas in which no wires can be added and no battery can be used. In this session, hear how Schneider is developing a system that employs RFID tags, along with wireless and battery-less sensors, to reduce costs in challenging conditions.

• Dr. Fabrice Roudet, Technical Project Leader and Wireless Communications Expert, Schneider Electric

Automating Asset Management, Orders With RFID

Three years after deploying passive 125 kHz RFID tags to track its tool usage, the Byrne Group, a U.K. concrete substructure construction firm, has expanded its use of the system to identify users of its 16,000 assets—including tools, excavators, trailers and other heavy equipment, as well as consumables, such as gloves and boots—across its numerous construction projects. The company is also using the technology to manage the online ordering of those assets. In this session, hear how the firm, which is employing 125 kHz RFID to expedite shipments of equipment and supplies to its workers, as well as to track usage, expects to recoup its investment by 2011.

• Matthew Preston, Group IT Director, Byrne Group

Choosing the Right RFID Technology for Manufacturing

Manufacturers are using RFID technology for a wide array of applications, including tracking parts bins, returnable transport containers, tools, work-in-process, finished goods inventory and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each applications, while building out an infrastructure for tracking and better managing other assets, requires a clearly thought out strategy. This session outlines the steps manufacturers need to take to take to choose the right technology for today—and for tomorrow.

• Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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.

• Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Technology Demo: RFID-Enabled Supply Chains

Rush Tracking Systems and several key partners provided a live manufacturing supply chain demonstration in the exhibit hall at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011. In this video, see how a variety of RFID technologies were brought together on a forklift truck to automate common tasks, capture data no the location of pallets automatically and virtually eliminate human error. The demonstration covers typical use cases found in industrial manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, paper, food, consumer packaged goods and government operations.

Best Practices for RFID in Manufacturing Operations: Lessons Learned From 100+ Deployments

RFID is now synonymous with process automation for manufacturers across multiple industries. What do successful deployments have in common? And where does operational visibility provide the greatest payoff? This session will walk through deployment considerations based on real-world manufacturing deployments in the aerospace, defense, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options for work-in-process (WIP) tracking, tool tracking and materials management will be discussed, to accompany a deployment guide that will be distributed to all attendees.

• Jonathan Gregory, A & D Program Manager, OATSystems, a Division of Checkpoint Systems

Choosing the Right RFID Tool-Tracking Systems to Save Time and Money

In many industries—including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas exploration and production, and farming—a fully automated RFID tool-tracking system can eliminate human errors, freeing up workers to perform their primary jobs without worrying about the tools needed to do so. In this session, learn how to choose which technology will work best in your particular operating environment.

• Maurizio Turri, Lab Manager, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas

Minimizing Picking Errors With RFID

Order-picking is one of the most important processes in internal logistics, and can impact the customer-supplier relationship regarding quality and timely deliveries. In this session, learn how a preset scenario in which an automated high rack supports pick-by-light picking spots, as well as the possible application of innovative identification and measurement systems for monitoring a pick process in order to minimize errors, has been implemented at one facility. Hear how identification and measurement technologies, such as RFID, scanning and weighting, have been combined with suitable sensors to facilitate an evaluation in a lab-based scenario.

• Dieter Uckelmann, Manager RFID-Application and Demonstration Center, BIBA-IPS, Log Dynamics Lab

Building the Lean Enterprise

Recent economic turmoil has magnified the need for lean, targeted operations across many industries. The traditional concept of lean manufacturing—eliminating waste and creating more value with less work—presents significant opportunities for RFID technologies. This session will explore the integral role of RFID-enabled systems in creating a lean enterprise to meet—and exceed—the high expectations of today's consumer. The maturation of radio frequency identification and its proven ability to solve real business problems have led to increased reliability, greater ease of use and streamlined implementations for organizations in a variety of sectors. Attendees will hear firsthand about the power of RFID to create a lean enterprise today.

• Jim Caudill, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Xterprise

Important Considerations in Choosing RFID Tags for Manufacturing WIP Applications

RFID tags are the heart of an RFID solution—the performance and reliability of a tag are critical to achieving successful read rates and accomplishing a solution's stated ROI. There are many considerations customers need to make in selecting the proper RFID technology for their manufacturing solutions, including a tag's expected lifespan, the environment, read distance requirements, the movement of assets between facilities and geographic regions, and cost. This session will examine each of these considerations, with a specific focus on active versus passive technologies, and also explore the feature sets available to each.

• Andre Cote, CTO and VP Product Marketing, Omni-ID
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