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We believe that products purchased in the future will have a digital identity that enables it to connect with the internet – and everything else. And intelligent labels will be a core foundation of this connectivity. Join this session to gain an introduction on how to benefit from RFID-enabled intelligent labels, conjure possibilities and beckon tomorrow.Speakers  Jasper Zonnenberg  Senior Director, Global RFID Inlay Sales and Market Development, Intelligent LabelsJasper Zonnenberg leads our Global RFID Inlay Sales and Market Development. His global team is driving RFID adoption through go-to-market strategies in these evolving market segments, leveraging Avery Dennison's converter network and leading position in pressure sensitive labels and RFID inlay...

2020-10-01 Label Converter Workshop
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RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Manufacturing RFID Implementation. Railroad equipment manufacturer Stadler Winterthur has developed a hybrid UHF RFID- and QR code-based system that automatically collects data about the materials going into the assembly of each of its railcar bogies (train undercarriages), as well as the individual doing the work, thereby boosting efficiency and traceability. Learn how the system allows the firm to provide project-specific instructions to its workers, capture data about production, and enable maintenance-based information collection for its rail-service customers. Hear why Stadler Winterthur expects to realize a return on the company's investment within 2 years.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Sebastian Kohl   Process...

2020-10-01 Manufacturing

Tracking retailer inventory levels and out-of-stocks is among the most frequent uses of radio frequency identification. One Italian men's clothing retailer has completed a successful pilot using the technology to provide visibility into how well its merchandise performs at specific store display locations. The retailer tracked what was displayed in each area of a store, then compared the net profit from the sale of each piece of merchandise against the cost of displaying that item. Key takeaways: Understand how the RFID tag reads, as well as the data culled from those read events, enabled the firm to optimize its merchandizing in the store. Learn how the test-site stores, using the RFID data to better manage their displays, achieved an increase in sales.View PowerPoint...

2020-10-01 Session Presentations

U.K.-based disability services organization Leonard Cheshire is using a NFC-based solution to manage the servicing of 30,000 assets across 159 sites throughout the United Kingdom, ensuring that it meets safety standards, promptly addresses any problems and reduces the amount of time workers spend filling out paperwork. Key takeaways: To meet the needs of the U.K.'s disabled population, Leonard Cheshire not only provides housing but must manage each facility and the related care equipment used within. The organization needs to know that all equipment is compliant with regulations, if and when it was physically inspected, and whether there are problems at any specific sites. Learn how the use of the technology has reduced labor hours, increased the speed at which goods...

2020-10-01 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

Ceramic dinnerware manufacturer Porto Brasil Cerâmica maintains a stock of more than 980,000 items. The company has reduced the time to count items on pallets from 40 minutes to 3 minutes, after the implementation of an RFID system. The technology is enabling the firm to gain greater inventory visibility and to reduce costly shipping errors. Key takeaways: The benefits of moving from a manual system to an automated system and how it enables the firm to reduce labor costs. Improved customer satisfaction by reducing errors.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Ana Varaldo  Production Manager - Porto Brasil Cerâmica

2020-10-01 Session Presentations

Blockchain was a logical next step after Auburn University’s research in 2018 found that over a dozen retail and brand partners were able to identify significant value for RFID in the upstream supply chain. In 2019 the group implemented a blockchain solution to quickly and accurately share data between the supply chain partners. Key takeaways: Learn how this solution can be used to overcome the supply chain’s hesitancy to share detailed supply chain data. Hear the results of the pilot project.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeakers  Jonathan Gregory  Director of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise - GS1 USAs the Director of Community Engagement of Apparel and General Merchandise at GS1 US, Jonathan Gregory facilitates...

2020-10-01 RFID and Blockchain

NOCN Job Cards, part of the NOCN Group, provides proof that an individual has achieved the required training, or theory and practical tests, and competence-based qualifications for the type of work they carry out, primarily in the U.K. construction industry. Each type of card issued represents different levels of testing or training and competence to operate specific equipment. There are numerous different roles in construction and each of these have different requirements to show competency. In this session hear how the firm implemented NFC-enabled cards to improve security by proving identity and competence, as well as reducing printing costs and plastics usage. Key takeaways: Learn how the cards have additional functionality beyond proof of identity and...

2020-10-01 RFID in Energy and Construction

Choosing the right inlay and microchip to power an RFID tag is among the most critical decisions that converters need to make for each customer. The right chip depends on the amount of memory, privacy features and other capabilities your customer might need. The appropriate inlay depends on the application needs, the read distance required and other factors. Learn how to sort through the options and select the appropriate transponder and inlay for your customer’s needs.Speakers  Elizabeth Sowle  Sr Manager Global Applications EngineeringElizabeth Sowle has been on the leading edge of RFID technology since 2004, working to develop innovative RFID tag solutions. Elizabeth joined Avery Dennison in 2011 as an RFID Engineer, and since then has transformed the...

2020-10-01 Label Converter Workshop
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BAE Systems, an international defense, aerospace and security company, is in the process of deploying an RFID asset-tracking system at 20 manufacturing buildings located across three different sites in the United Kingdom. The project was implemented to improve asset location accuracy and stock-checking, and to reduce the impacts upon production for missing or lost tools. The firm used two pilot projects to gauge the success of the system and hardware design. During the pilots, detection issues were investigated and improved methods of tagging were developed, depending upon asset material type. Key takeaways: Learn how the firm worked with its key supplier to improve detection ranges through innovation and improved hardware, increasing its location accuracy and...

2020-10-01 Manufacturing

RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best RFID Retail Implementation. Stadium AB has successfully carried out an RFID pilot to manage fast rotations of products ranging from kayaks to apparel to shoe laces. Headquartered in Sweden, Stadium AB sells retail sportswear and training clothes, as well as sports-related merchandise and has stores located throughout Europe. For the pilot, the firm tagged products at its distribution center and used sled readers to interrogate the tags as they were applied. The tags were then read upon receipt at the two participating stores, and periodically throughout the days following, during inventory counts. Key takeaways: Hear how the use of the technology improved inventory accuracy to about 98 percent and provided in-store staff with...

2020-10-01 Retail and Apparel

CSafe Global provides thermal, temperature-controlled air cargo containers designed to deliver drugs and vaccines to global destinations within specific temperature ranges. The firm has thousands of active air cargo containers which are used to move vaccines and other products in controlled conditions supporting the life-sciences market. Internet of Things (IoT) sensors built into its temperature-controlled containers, enables its customers, life science companies and shippers, to view and manage conditions at which products travel, as well as their location at any given time. With vaccines now under development and in clinical trials to address the problem of COVID-19 transmission, learn how CSafe Global is poised to be part of the solution in distributing vaccines...

2020-10-01 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation. In 2017 Brazilian steel manufacturer Gerdau won the RFID Journal Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation award for its use of an RFID system to cut costs and increase production. Gerdau is the largest producer of long steel in the Americas, turning millions of tons of recycled scrap into quality steel serving the construction, industrial, agricultural and automotive sectors. The firm has expanded the initial project to their Ouro Branco mill and has created an environment of automatic traceability for movement of products and equipment, with a focus on automation of the receipt processes, inventory management and loading, thus enabling the digital transformation of its logistics...

2020-10-01 Supply Chain/Logistics

Despite its potential for driving business value, RFID creates significant demands on an organization. This session explained how to minimize risks while increasing the likelihood of a well-executed project. From early-stage analysis through implementation, there are tools and methods that every corporate IT or project manager can use to ensure success. View PowerPoint Presentation Speaker    Mark Roberti    Founder & Editor - RFID Journal Mark Roberti is a journalist with 25 years of experience covering business and technology. He launched RFID Journal from a spare bedroom in his home in March 2002. Today, it...

2020-10-01 RFID in Energy and Construction

RFID is profoundly transforming multiple industries and is opening up a whole realm of emerging segment opportunities for Intelligent Labels such as: pharma, automotive and logistics. The presenter will provide insight into key case studies and explore trends for RFID growth for those segments: capturing efficiency, transparency, and welcoming new level of certainty.Speakers  Patrick Eichstädt  Director Industry Business EMEA, Intelligent Labels Patrick Eichstädt heads the Intelligent Labels Industry business in EMEA. In this role he takes responsibility for Business Development, Sales and Technical Support for the Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels industry business in the region. Prior to Avery Dennison’s acquisition of Smartrac, Patrick held the role of VP...

2020-10-01 Label Converter Workshop
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Blockchain enables companies to record every event or transaction within a supply chain. This information can then be shared in a secure, transparent and efficient manner. What are the challenges of implementing a blockchain system? AIM has put together an expert panel that will answer that question and more. This group of experts will share their experiences in utilizing blockchain applications with AIDC technologies, such as IoT and RFID, and discuss how blockchain improves the traceability and reliability of information.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeakers  Sowmya Varadarajan  Industry Solutions and Business Development - IBMSowmya is a versatile marketing and technology innovator with 20+ years of global experience, enabling digital solutions...

2020-10-01 RFID and Blockchain
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Networking Break

2020-10-01 Sponsor Led Sessions
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RFID drives efficiencies across the supply chain and makes it possible to see every product at every stage of its journey: from manufacturing, logistics, backroom to store.The presenter will explore how digital ID technologies solutions enable companies to verify an item's journey across the entire supply chain, from its source to its final destination, and pinpoint any trouble spots along the way, minimizing risk and cost. In this session you will also discover how digital ID technologies offer the possibility for true systemic change, improving efficiencies and reducing waste across the supply chain from source to consumer. We will also look at the sustainable manufacturing and material choices. All made possible with RFID.Speaker  Lisa Pike  Director,...

2020-10-01 Label Converter Workshop
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RFID connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item. RFID can benefit the bottom line of a wide range of businesses by improving operations, as well as leveraging competitive edge services through the use of automated identification. In this session hear from leading authorities in the latest standards and learn why your system must be able to distinguish your tags from other tags to efficiently benefit from additional tag features, like additional item data at the edge, sensors data and tag data integrity/authenticity. Hear how improvements in RFID can make your services more cost efficient to deploy, operate and maintain.View PowerPoint...

2020-10-01 Manufacturing

American clothing brand Southern Fried Cotton (SFC) has leveraged an RFID system to automatically capture data about what is being shipped for each order. SFC's introduction to RFID came with a request to tag its products with EPC UHF RFID tags from one of its large retailer customers. The solution is designed to prevent errors and increase efficiency at its wholesale location in Clemson, S.C. Learn how the firm leveraged a technology more commonly deployed by big companies, which resulted in bringing its customer chargeback rate down by 98.8 percent, increasing its warehouse efficiency and achieving an ROI within less than a year.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Susan Pichoff  Senior Director - Industry Engagement, Retail Apparel and General...

2020-10-01 Retail and Apparel

RFID Journal Awards Finalist: Best Health-Care RFID Implementation. Jewish General Hospital, an acute-care teaching hospital with 637 beds in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is effectively using RFID technology to track and replenish its inventory of operating room (OR) uniforms. Although often overlooked, the hospital designed and implement an improved logistics uniform distribution system within the facility to provide control of the inventory by stabilizing the demand for uniforms. Takeaways: Learn how the technology is controlling the inventory and preventing losses and theft while ensuring the availability of all sizes at all times for all OR personnel. Hear why technology also improves infection control and prevents cross-contamination in the operating room.View...

2020-10-01 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

A California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) research project has found that an RFID-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, can read tags attached to static inventory (for example, steel drills or utility pipes) at an accuracy rate of 95 to 100 percent. The research focused on capturing data for the purpose of equipment inventory tracking in oilfields, but also included other utility-based equipment in storage yards or at construction sites. Cal Poly will demonstrate in the exhibit hall, how the system could also be used to track dynamic inventory.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Tali Freed  Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Cal Poly SLO, Director, PolyGAIT - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2020-10-01 Supply Chain/Logistics

In this presentation, the speaker describes the ARG-US (meaning watchful guardian) remote monitoring systems technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Packaging Certification Program, Office of Packaging and Transportation, Office of Environmental Management. Over the past 12 years, Argonne has developed, demonstrated, and deployed two patented technology systems: the smart drum technology and the remote area modular monitoring (RAMM)/TRAVELER, with the goal of enhancing the safety, security, and safeguards (3S) of nuclear and other radioactive materials, including spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste during storage, transportation and disposal. Highlights are provided for selected use cases...

2020-10-01 RFID in Energy and Construction

RFID Journal Awards Finalist: Best RFID Implementation (Other Industry). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has deployed an RFID asset-tracking to monitor more than 120,000 IT assets at multiple locations. USPTO is a performance-based federal government agency, funded by the fees charged for filing patent applications and trademark registrations. Before the RFID solution was implemented, field technicians had to manually update asset-location information, spending roughly 7,700 hours a year managing assets rather than reviewing revenue-generating applications. Key takeaways: Learn how the use of RFID technology has enabled USPTO to automatically monitor the movements of the assets, reducing error costs by 54% and slashing loss prevention costs by...

2020-10-01 Keynotes

The RFID Journal Awards recognize companies that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID) or Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, or the introduction of a valuable new RFID/IoT product or services. In this session the winners will be announced in the following categories: Best Retail RFID/IoT Implementation   Awarded to the retailer demonstrating the best use of RFID technology to improve its store or supply chain operations. Finalists:   • Boticário Group -Winner• Stadium AB • Tommy Hilfiger Best Manufacturing RFID/IoT Implementation  Awarded to the manufacturer demonstrating the best use of RFID technology to improve its production or supply chain operations. Finalists:...

2020-10-01 Keynotes