RFID Journal Live! 2013 Conference: April 30
May 2 in Orlando, FL
The RFID Journal Live! conference and exhibition in the largest event in the world focused exclusively on
radio frequency identification (RFID).
I was invited to attend this Conference on behalf of AIDC 100 and
the Manufacturing Track
had 6 sessions over 2 days.
This year’s conference showed examples of how RFID technology is advancing with new, innovative
applications. Last year I
saw how Jabil and Cisco were embedding chips in printed circuit boards (PCBs)
and tracking the manufacturer of telecommunications products. This year, the RFID technology
applications provided usage at very hot (like in wave solder processes for circuit c
ards) and very cold
areas, as well as providing ultra thin chips that can be embedded in paper. Possibilities for telecom
applications with these enhanced uses could be possible.
ATK Uses RFID to create “Visual Factory”
ATK, an aerospace, defense and
commercial products manufacturer is using RFID to improve process efficiency in their composite
manufacturing facility. It demonstrated that certain RFID tags can be designed to withstand high
autoclave temperatures (400 de
g F) and freezer temperatures (
40 deg F) to track aircraft parts
through their phases of manufacture.
New Method for Embedding RFID in Paper Could Reduce Counterfeiting
showed how North
Dakota State University researchers have found a method for embeddi
ng very thin RFID chips in
paper that can drastically reduce counterfeiting.
Improving visibility in Manufacturing with RFID
which presented how a wire
basket manufacturer improved visibility in their assembly process tracking component l
and ensuring the correct quantity of parts reach the assembly stations at the correct time to
time delivery of these products.
Atlanta’s Transit Authority Enhances Track Worker Safety with RFID
which showed how track
workers used RFID
to ensure their safety when working on tracks.
Synthes Realizes Cost Savings Using RFID in Its Loaner Process
showed how medical device
manufacturer Synthes is using RFID to efficiently manage its loaner processes. It RFID
its distribution cente
, auditing and replenishment processes enabling a
reduction in headcount and improve their ROI.
Australian Oil Refinery Construction Site Tracks Assets with RFID
presented how the Industrial
Automation Group used RFID to track hundre
ds of thousands of assets
at a major construction
presented by Intel and McAfee on how “Embedded RFID Adds Value
to Consumer Electronics”. Intel is embedding UHF RFID (the most commonly used chip) into consumer
electronics to enable consumer devices to do things they were never able to do before. The devices use
near field (NFC) and far field communications
allow IT managers to provision devices
without opening boxes. This plays into the I
nternet of Things (IoT) where forecasters expect that 30
billion devices will be managed in the IoT by the year 2020. This can certainly change the way telecom
networks are managed in the future.
An application of interest on the exhibition floor showed a
scanner traveling along shelves of products and
reading each one which recording its location. This could possibly be enhanced for inventorying of spare
in cards stacked on shelves in warehouse or central office.
I took a (rather crude) video of it
iPhone and plan to show it to the ATIS AIDC committee to see if they think something like this could be
adopted to telecom usage.
A colleague of Bill Hajje from Jabil Circuits (who I met last year at the conference) approached me after
n to get my thoughts on use of RFID in telecom products. I will be following up with him on the
work in ATIS AIDC on RFID business cases
I met with Andre Cote
(Sr. Vice President
Business Development at Omni ID)
again (spoke with him last
year as well) to discuss the progress of the ATIS AIDC RFID Issue 32 business cases. I
ll be sending
him the information that AIDC developed at AMOC on current Warehouse and Central Office inventory
processes for his feedback on potential use of RFID to
improve these processes.
He has indicated an
interest in participating on the committee to assist with business case development.
I also met with Michael Burgesss
(Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Data2 Corporation) who
discussed the RFID at
Data2. I had worked closely with Data2 several years ago when I was leading
migration. Data2 was traditionally a label company but now has moved into RFID as
well. Michael was interested in looking at the work of ATIS AIDC on Issue 32 an
d may also be interested
in providing input and participating in the work.
Presentation materials from all sessions of the conference are expected to be available in 2
3 weeks for
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.