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  • Description – 4 levels – assets, readers, sites, nodes apps Natural 4 Level Organization Structure RFID collection device Site controllers to coordinate and manage RFID collection – Environmental and process issues Enterprise systems to coordinate multiple sites and gather info across org, make decisions and send back control Applications to represent org info to operational users Other Characteristics Take in all type of real time info Integrates with most enterprise systems – SAP, Oracle Integrates with other networks to make up a larger ‘federation’
  • What is the typical inventory turn for a trucking company (related to pallet shipments)? What is the industry average for stock outs? How about Wal*Mart’s rate? How much does a recount cost today for an average store?
  • One may ask why focus specifically on ports and cargo security within the Transportation System. The following facts should clarify why: Nowhere is the gap between vulnerability and capability greater than along the Nation’s sea borders. Asymmetrical military and terrorist threats have a natural gateway into America via the marine transportation system.” Admiral James M. Loy & Captain Robert G. Ross from the US Coast Guard Over 90% of our Nation’s international trade moves by water. More than 16,000 containers arrive at U.S. ports every day Half of all goods entering the United States arrive bv oceangoing cargo containers. Less than 2% underwent inspections! The flow of containers is growing 6-7%/year (double in the next 20 years), thus the need for increased security standards is increasing as the volume increases!
  • One may ask why focus specifically on ports and cargo security within the Transportation System. The following facts should clarify why: Nowhere is the gap between vulnerability and capability greater than along the Nation’s sea borders. Asymmetrical military and terrorist threats have a natural gateway into America via the marine transportation system.” Admiral James M. Loy & Captain Robert G. Ross from the US Coast Guard Over 90% of our Nation’s international trade moves by water. More than 16,000 containers arrive at U.S. ports every day Half of all goods entering the United States arrive bv oceangoing cargo containers. Less than 2% underwent inspections! The flow of containers is growing 6-7%/year (double in the next 20 years), thus the need for increased security standards is increasing as the volume increases!
  • One may ask why focus specifically on ports and cargo security within the Transportation System. The following facts should clarify why: Nowhere is the gap between vulnerability and capability greater than along the Nation’s sea borders. Asymmetrical military and terrorist threats have a natural gateway into America via the marine transportation system.” Admiral James M. Loy & Captain Robert G. Ross from the US Coast Guard Over 90% of our Nation’s international trade moves by water. More than 16,000 containers arrive at U.S. ports every day Half of all goods entering the United States arrive bv oceangoing cargo containers. Less than 2% underwent inspections! The flow of containers is growing 6-7%/year (double in the next 20 years), thus the need for increased security standards is increasing as the volume increases!
  • Hewlett Packard printer and scanner plant Go through why contracted (very briefly mandate) Important point: reference plant internally and externally for HP $300,000 in revenues for plant, HP has multiple plants globally Estimate potentially $10mm+ revenue opportunity with HP over time Key Points: successful implementation with Fortune 500, revenues, future opportunity, reference plant
  • Case study, Philips Consumer Electronics, Hungary Outline, very briefly, issues faced (keep very short) Notably, we have done over $1.2mm in business with Philips over the last several years Sold direct, a number of RFPs for new RFID related mandates outstanding, represents material revenue opportunity over time Key Points: Fortune 1000 class implementation, key project data, future revenue opportunities
  • Case study, Medtronic Outline, very briefly, issues faced (keep very short) Sold direct, $400,000 in revenues, list new initiatives (expect revenues in 2005), material future revenue potential Expect to move by division internally Key Points: Fortune 1000 class implementation, key project data, future revenue opportunities

Radio Frequency Identification Technology/Applications Radio Frequency Identification Technology/Applications Presentation Transcript

  • Radio Frequency Identification Technology/Applications Presented by MICHAEL OHANIAN
  • INFORMATION SOURCES
    • Aim Global & RFID Organization
    • RFID Connections Newsletter
    • RFID Smart Labels USA – Westin Copley Place, Boston March 27-30
    • RFID Handbook by Klaus Finkenzeller
    • Shrouds of Time – A History of RFID Systems by Dr. Jerry Landt
    • RFID in the Enterprise
    • RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy
    • RFID Journal
    • “ Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”
    • by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • We have a great many developments to look forward to, history continues to teach us that
    • Exciting times await those of us committed to the pursuit of advancement in RFID
    View slide
  • RFID Overview
    • RFID market is forecast to reach $7.3B by 2008*
    • Reasons for the high growth
      • Lowering tag prices
      • Increased range and accuracy of readers
      • Maturity of network infrastructure for easy deployment
      • Applications capable of delivering increased value from an RFID deployment
      • Supply Chain Management
      • Network Operations
    *Source: IDTechEx Ltd View slide
  • What is RFID Technology?
    • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology that involves tags that emit radio signals and devices called readers that pick up signals
    • RFID tags consist of a chip for holding data and an antenna for communicating data through radio waves
    • The reach of RFID signals depends on the kind of chip (frequency) but is usually from several inches to 200+ feet
    • EPC Code
    Antenna Chip
  • What is RFID Technology?
  • Real-time Automatic Identification and Data Collection Technology Capabilities Level of Automation Cost ($) Other Satellite GPS Real-time locating systems (RTLS) Two-way active RFID Active beacon RFID Short range passive RFID Very short range passive RFID Bar code Manual entry
  • Value is to Combine Technology Clusters Together to Feed a Network Integrated RFID-Based AIDC Networks Cost ($) Level of Automation Software Applications Integration Software Network Hardware Network Active RFID Satellite Passive RFID BarCode
  • A Typical RFID Network Includes… Applications for user interaction Enterprise systems for coordinated decision making Local systems for site coordination RFID readers RFID tags (Active or EPC/Passive) ZONES APPLICATIONS Distribution Center Warehouse Manufacturer Store Web Browser Alerts Enterprise Software ENTERPRISE Other Enterprise SITES ASSETS
  • Passive RFID
      • Increased “chokepoint” size allows more variety of scenarios (e.g. identification of assets moved by forklifts)
      • Limited data (EPC = 96 bits)
      • Time to collect multiple tags increases with number of tags to collect, reducing the allowed speed of assets
      • Due to “short” range, multiple readers are required for good coverage in chokepoint
      • Inexpensive
    Example tag: EPC Class 0+ 16 ft (5m) Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset 2 Readers 4 Antennas 2 Readers 4 Antennas To “System”
  • Active RFID
    • Long Range (100+m)
    • Data Rich
    • Logic on tag
    • Two-way communications
    • Costs more
    Reader 100+m Tagged Asset Tagged Asset To “System” Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset Tagged Asset
  • RFID GOALS
    • Faster Checkouts
    • Improved in-stock positions
    • Better information
    • Faster payment
    • Reduced inventory requirements
    • Shipping errors
  • BUSINESS VALUE
    • “ The most important metrics in driving ROI include reducing inventory costs and cycle times along with improving fill rates and the visibility of information on production, delivery, shipment and maintenance.”
    • “ Supply Chain Software Yields ROI: But It Takes Time,” AMR Research
  • Market Drivers - Wal-Mart “ Capturing data is one thing – using it to improve business processes is the key. In order to be successful – data has to be in sync.” – Wal-Mart RFID Guidelines
    • Trying to Answer basic questions……
    • Where is my shipment 4711?
    • Which Network Card had gone down and what is the Serial Number Genealogy?
    • Where is my inventory?
    • How can I avoid fire fighting?
    • How good is our customer service?
    The Business Challenge
    • Heterogeneous Systems
    • Legacy Systems
    • Islands of Data and Automation
    • See into all your warehouses
    • Receive real-time notification when a critical event occurs
    • Track Material’s in Transit
    • Be alerted when a Service Plan is going to be delayed
    • Measure how well your extended services are running
    Imagine if you Can… Visibility Chain of Custody
  • Key Drivers
    • Increased Accuracy of information on location
    • and status of good within the Network supply chain – from manufacturing to final install
      • Tighter inventory turns
      • Lower defects
      • Higher Network up-time
      • Increased revenue, greater customer satisfaction
    • Reduction of human labor
      • Counts and recounts, lower operating expense
    “ Goal: Continuous 100% visibility of all assets within an enterprise or supply chain with no human intervention”
  • RFID NLM involves Automated Identification Barcode, RFID etc. Mobility ERP, Network Support
  • External Impact from RFID
  • RFID is being pervasively implemented throughout the value chain. Denotes RFID Benefit RFID and the Extended Supply Chain Suppliers Mfg. Plant Sales & Marketing Mfg. Supply Chain Management Product Development Manufacturing 3PL/Direct Logistics Retailers Sales & Marketing Store Operations Inventory Management Purchasing Reduce inventory shrinkage Increase asset visibility Reduce missed sales opportunities Improve buying experience Improve distribution efficiency Lower WIP and safety stock Backend Inventory Backend Inventory Mfg. Plant Mfg. Plant
  • The solutions will provide end-to-end capabilities throughout the supply chain, across organizational boundaries and across multiple database platforms.
    • Software applications will support highly complex manufacturing environments
    • Dynamic modeling, monitoring and management of all resources
    • Comprehensive decision management support at all levels
    • Real-time synchronization amongst offices, manufacturing and supply chain partners
    • Visibility into real-time status of production resources
    • Real-time manufacturing applications to manage closed loop automation
    RFID and Manufacturing
  • Technology Value Pyramid Required Data Legacy and/or ERP Structure/Format Which Technologies ? Mobility, RFID, Bio-metrics, GPS etc. Value From + People Data Technology Process Work Flow vs. ERP Distributive Decision making Behavior & Education Supply Chain Applications Partners Map collaborative processes Improved cost/revenue performance Technology like RFID by itself cannot accomplish anything without integrating with Data, People, and Processes
    • In the end, it all comes down to competitive advantage and what makes sense in the business you are in.
    • It’s all about ROI and the balance of technology and business processes that support it.
  • FINDING THE BUSINESS VALUE
    • Application Requirements
    • Business Processes
    • Key Implementation Issues
      • Mandates
      • Standards
      • Regional government regulations
    • Generating positive business value – ROI
  • Extracting Business Value from RFID Data
    • The management of the raw data generated by ththe RFID system and the manner in which it is delivered to the end-user is critical in order to marry the solution to the business objectives
  • Characteristics of an Enterprise Class RFID Platform
    • Configurability
    • Scalability for Future Growth
    • 24/7 Availability
    • Robustness
    • Seamless Integration of real-world data and events with enterprise services
    • Methodology for Selecting RFID app’s
    • Measuring process improvements
  • Value Proposition – Supply Chain Execution Solutions for NLM using RFID
    • Increase customer service levels
    • Lower network disruptions
    • Reduce obsolescence costs
    • Reduce technician overtime
    • Lower parts inventory
    • Reduce service costs
    • Better Service Asset Management
    • Improved Spares and Strategic MRO Management
  • The Flow of the Global Supply Chain in a Perfect World Road Transport Consolidator / Distribution Center Road Transport Port of Loading Vessel Transit Port Vessel Port of Discharge Retail Distribution Center Road Transport Retail Store Factory Main Distribution Hub Supply Demand Road Carrier Road Carrier Port Operator Ocean Carrier Ocean Carrier Road Carrier Road Carrier Port Operator Port Operator Road Carrier Supplier Forwarder Customs Agent Customs Agent 3PL Operator 3PL Operator Information Flow
  • The Flow of the Global Supply Chain in the Real World Email EDI Fax Phone Flat File Events Often Collected After the Fact By Data Entry Because of Limited Automated Data Capture Road Transport Consolidator / Distribution Center Road Transport Port of Loading Vessel Transit Port Vessel Port of Discharge Retail Distribution Center Road Transport Retail Store Factory Main Distribution Hub Information Flow Fill Order Dispatch Load P.O,D, Receipt Load Sail Dock Load Dispatch P.O,D, Receipt Stage Load Customs Unload Stage Load Customs Customs Sail Dock Sail Sail Unload Stage Load Customs Customs Load Dispatch P.O,D, Receipt Stage Fill Load Dispatch P.O,D, Receipt Stage Fill Load Dispatch P.O,D, Receipt Stage Fill Load Dispatch P.O,D,
  • Value of tightly linking the Physical Flow with Information Flow
    • Requires integration of automatic identification and real-time identification technologies
    • Real time status and location enable visibility
    • Visibility and transparency drives efficiencies and opportunities for all network participants
    Road Transport Consolidator / Distribution Center Road Transport Port of Loading Vessel Transit Port Vessel Port of Discharge Retail Distribution Center Road Transport Retail Store Factory Main Distribution Hub Demand (purchase order) Physical Flow and Events Information Flow are tightly coupled to
  • Market Drivers - Regulation
    • “We must reaffirm the importance of knowing your customers and consider the overall “air-tightness” of your supply chain, from factory floor, to loading dock, to transportation, to our border. Every single link in the chain must be made more secure against terrorist attack.”
    • - Robert Bonner
    • US Customs Commissioner
  • EARLY ADOPTERS
    • Focused on “slap and ship” compliance tagging
    • Lessons Learned
    • Next Phase
      • Issues
      • Drivers
      • Road Blocks
      • Pilot to Production Programs
  • EPC PILOT PROGRAMS
    • Streamline processes
    • Improve efficiencies
    • Reduce costs
    • Companies document application success and failures
    • White papers
    • Case studies
    • Tools available to EPC global US Members
      • Shows industry how to walk the talk
      • Properly deploy EPC technology
  • Market Drivers - DoD Policy
    • “Implementation of RFID across the Department of Defense has the potential to greatly enhance our visibility into the supply chain, reduce supply inventories, and produce significant savings in both cost and manpower.”
    • - Michael W. Wynne
    • Under Secretary of Defense
  • Lesson Learned – DoD Real World RFID Deployments
    • Global asset Tracking – TAV
    • Web-based RFID/ITV
    • Program life cycle support
    • Coalition partners
    • DLA’s
  • US DoD Total Asset Visibility Network Defense and Commercial Defense Suppliers
    • Total Asset Visibility Network
    • Business Problem : Poor visibility of containers/supplies to theatre. Lost manifests, manual inventory management, extreme safety stock requirements.
    • Solution: Global visibility network with RFID solutions for tracking materials. Integrated with complementary technologies (sensors, GPS, scanners, biometric, and handheld devices).
    • Project Brief: Open network, international (ISO) and technology standards-based system.
    • Lessons Learned: Total Inventory Visibility.
      • Reduced containers and supplies used for recent gulf war by 90%
      • Reduced “in-theater” inventory from six months to seven days
      • Estimated to have saved the US DoD over $350M in the first year of the Iraqi conflict
    • 46+ Countries
    • 1400+ Nodes - airports, seaports, rail terminals consolidation points
    • 37,000+ Conveyances/Day
  • Case Study: Corpus Christi Army Depot
    • Remanufacture & Repair of Military Aircraft
    • Business Problem : Annual loss of parts/equipment is high. High labor costs searching for parts.
    • Solution: Asset Management Solution and RFID Network provide inventory and item level tracking of aircraft parts. Wireless Network of Readers record part arrival and departure at each shop.
    • Project Brief: Install facility-wide item location tracking. Provide location tracking through the repair cycle process. Integrated tracking of components and end items. Enhance repair cycle management and efficiency – maintain database of repair history, cost of repair, and configuration.
    • Lessons Learned: Reduced annual investment in locating parts by tens of millions of dollars annually
    • 250,000 Parts
    • 151 Shops
    • 3500 Support Equipment
    • 7 Square Miles
  • Case Study: Woolworths
    • UK Retailer - Closed Loop Distribution
    • Business Problem : High volume of theft. 10-15% shrinkage in some product categories.
    • Solution: Asset Management solution tracks dolly's movement through DC to correct store, and GPS tracks vehicle on route. Driver uses handheld to confirm delivery.
    • Project Brief: UK Home Office sponsored initiative for theft prevention- included the integration of Bar Codes, Active RFID and GPS systems into a single supply chain visibility solution.
    • Lessons Learned:
      • Successful tracking of goods between DC and stores
      • Reduction in $70M in lost inventory
      • Elimination of incorrect deliveries of dollies to stores
      • Improved distribution minimized costs, reduced stock-outs, and improved top-line revenue goods
    • 2003 European Retail Systems Award
    • 200,000+ Totes
    • 16,000 Dollies
    • 90 Stores in the UK
    • 3 Distribution Centers
  • Case Study: National Railroad
    • South African Railroad
    • Business Problem : Unable to provide wagons to customer for movement of materials. Poor visibility of assets.
    • Solution: Asset Management Solution and RFID Network provide data on status and location of rolling stock and their contents.
    • Project Brief: Pilot phase for specific cargo and tradelanes, moving to roll-out phase. Partnership with local companies and support from UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
    • Lessons Learned:
      • Asset utilization improved by 400+%
      • Customer Service/On-time Deliveries improved by 150%
      • Improved security and almost complete elimination of $20M+ annual theft and loss problem.
    • 75,000 Railcars
    • 3600 Locomotives
    • 19,000 Miles of track
  • Our Solution: RFID study and testing of different vendors User requirements study and process analysis RFID Tag testing of 10 different Hasbro products Solution proposal for Pilot project Our Customer: Hasbro – East Longmeadow, CT Wal-Mart RFID compliance Challenges: New technology, uncertain which RFID vendor to choose No testing facility to evaluate different vendors Benefits: Thorough testing and analysis done by experts Product analysis, conveyor tests, pallet tests, shrink wrap tests Vendor selection based on own product and pallet configuration and Wal-Mart compliance requirements Short turnaround time of the vendor selection Immediate follow-up with RFID Pilot proposal Steve Marcolini, : “ We were able to make a RFID Vendor selection based on facts and figures presented in excellent reports. We will be among the first to comply to Wal-Mart’s mandate”
  • Our Solution: CATAMARAN application tailored to customer needs User friendly solution, only few hours operator training required Barcode and RFID technology combined in one solution Our Customer: Thomasville Furniture – Appomattox, VA Target RFID compliance Challenges: Unattended RFID tag validation at shipping time to Target Complex exception handling at stretch-wrap RFID read point 100 % RFID reads required Benefits: Short project turn-around time Use of Stack-lights to display RFID read status, alerts to operators in case of exceptions Partner approach brought both RFID technology expertise as well as process and integration expertise Jeff Kuhnlein: “ We are very happy with the CATAMARAN solution. Odin and Shipcom did an excellent job. We were able to successfully ship our first RFID labeled products to Target, in time” Implementation together with our partner
  • Our Solution: CATAMARAN based RFID container tracking application Automatic tracking and recording of all container movements between the plants Integration of 2 photo eyes per dock-door to determine container movement direction Our Customer: John Deere plants at Waterloo and Fargo RFID Container tracking Challenges: Lack of information where containers are between the John Deere Fargo and Waterloo plants Automatic detection of direction of container movements (inbound or outbound) Benefits: Accurate, real time information on container shipments History of all container shipments available in SQL database Easy reporting capabilities Unattended operation, no burden on operators Robert Barrett : “ We now have accurate, real time information on the location and status of all container shipments between our two plants. The Catamaran solution was realized in only a few weeks”
  • Our Solution: One CATAMARAN Enterprise RFID solution at Ryder’s corporate Data Center in Atlanta that serves a number of local CATAMARAN Edge servers at Philips CE sites at Roanoke, TX and Groveport, OH and HP’s site at Ontario, CA Our Customers: Ryder/Philips Consumer Electronics/HP Enterprise Best Buy RFID compliance solution Challenge: As 3PL provider Ryder Logistics needed one Enterprise RFID solution that can serve all it’s corporate customers at different locations. Integration with many different WMS systems like PkMS, Warehouse Express through one CATAMARAN-SeeBeyond connector Benefits: One Enterprise solution for many different customers, that can be replicated to other customers in a short time Integration of the solution with various WMS packages through one SeeBeyond connector Frank Tikle: “ After we implemented the Shipcom solution for ourselves at Ryder we decided to offer this solution to our customers as well. We have created an Enterprise wide RFID solution that can benefit each of our customers. Philips and HP are the first ones to benefit from the CATAMARAN solution”.
  • Our Customer: Bell Sports – Rantoul, IL Wal-Mart RFID compliance Our Solution: CATAMARAN-RFID solution tailored to Bell Sports needs High performance round-robin printing to multiple printers Flexible commissioning/decommissioning with history kept in SQL tables Challenges: High volume RFID Label printing, very complex RFID printer management of multiple printers RFID Tag commissioning and de-commissioning incl. RFID print and re-print functions Batch RFID Pallet Tag validation Combination of Barcode and RFID technology Benefits: In time delivery of RFID tagged products to satisfy Wal-Mart’s RFID compliance program Bell Sports Workflows could be realized without coding Data integration with Bell Sports backend systems Solution is scaleable and ready for deployment to Bell Sports DC in York, PA Implementation together with our partner Jeff Gregg, VP & CFO: “ Our primary reason for selecting Shipcom was the fact that CATAMARAN was a configurable system with no predefined workflow, which allowed us to construct our workflow without coding”.
  • Our Solution: CATAMARAN RFID solution to track gas meters at each process gate, from American meter to consumer. Integration with SAP for ASN, Quality Inspection, receiving etc. Our Customer: Sempra – San Diego, CA Gas Meter tracking with RFID (Pilot) Challenges: No visibility of gas meters in the supply chain from the Manufacturer (American Meter) to the consumer. Sometimes gas meters got “lost” (but were installed), resulting in lost revenues for gas delivered to consumers Benefits: Full visibility of Gas meters in the Supply chain, location of each meter known at any time (American Meter, in transit, in QC, in Stock, in transit, installed at customer). Elimination of “lost” gas meters and consequent loss of revenues Automatic registration of all goods movements in SAP Jim Pilant: “ We were successfully using CATAMARAN already in 11 of our warehouses using barcode technology. The addition of RFID capabilities to CATAMARAN make it an even more versatile solution”
    • Our Solution:
    • CATAMARAN RFID application to track chassis at the Brampton terminal.
    • When trailer enters or exit the yard, the movement will be automatically registered
    • The relationship between the different equipment will also be tracked,
      • which tires and wheel assemblies belong to which chassis
      • Interface with CN-Rail backend through IBM Websphere MQ
    Our Customer: CN-Rail – Brampton Intermodal Terminal, Toronto Asset tracking of Intermodal equipment Challenges: Whereabouts of intermodal equipment (chassis, tires, wheel assemblies) is a mystery. Inter-exchangeability of equipment between competitors means new equipment goes out, but old equipment comes back in Benefits: Exact location of intermodal equipment can be tracked Avoid exchange of new equipment by old equipment from competitors Automatic registration in CN-Rail’s back-end system Developed in partnership with Bell Canada
    • Chassis tracking at Brampton Intermodal Terminal (BIT)
      • Capture RFID reads from incoming chassis at Main Entrance
      • Capture RFID reads from incoming chassis at Secondary Entrance
      • Capture RFID reads from outgoing chassis at Exit
    • Interface with CN-Rail SRS legacy system through MQSeries
    Our Customer: CN-Rail
    • Our Solution
    • Interface to multiple readers
    • Interface to stack and sensors
    • Local EPC label printing
    • Integration to multiple systems and technologies
    • Optimized readers
    • Challenges
    • New technology implementation, integration into MES and WMS,
    • custom EPC labels
    • Benefits
    • Integration into core processes
    • Determine hardware selection for future roll-outs
    • Validate RFID systems functionality
    • Nearly 100% unattended process
    • Shift from cost of sales benefits focus to internal ROI benefits focus
    RFID Reader Integration Provia Interface WMS-MES Bridge Reporting and Analytics Our Customer: HP – Printer & Scanner Plant in Memphis
    • Our solution
    • Implemented for GR in Warehouse, GI in production and FG transfer to DC in Szekesfehervar
    • Barcoded data collection and integration into Philips Central SAP system in Eindhoven. Connected to the MES system
    Our Customer: Philips Consumer Electronics, Hungary Production Control and Inventory Management
    • Challenges
    • Inefficient goods receiving process
    • Manual, labor intensive, paper based data entry in SAP of
    • material transfers
    • Low inventory accuracy
    • Manual plant to plant transfers of FG goods to DC
    • Lack of visibility at manufacturing floor
    • Benefits
    • Error free and efficient goods receipt process
    • Reduction of manual labor for GR and GI processes
    • Increased inventory accuracy at factory warehouse and DC
    • Real time data available in Warehouse and in DC stock, reducing
    • stock-outs considerably, and improving delivery reliability
    • Reduced training needs for operators
    “ The Shipcom solution helped us to improve our inventory systems, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.” - Hans de Fluiter, Senior Industry IT Manager
    • Our solution
    • CATAMARAN v8.3 application, tailored to needs
    • Easy integration into Medtronic SAP system
    • Paperless, electronic travelers, all data captured in SAP
    • Real-time registration of component consumption
    • Barcoded data collection at each workstation
    • Challenges
    • Paper based travelers to record manufacturing history
    • No real time registration of material consumption
    • No test data registration in SAP
    • No visibility of scrap and rework
    • High WIP costs, no visibility
    “ We had a reduction of WIP in one month, saving $302,026 with full visibility.” - Eric Collins, Director of Manufacturing Our Customer: Medtronic Minimed – Lean Manufacturing Solution
    • Benefits
    • Reduction of paper consumption by 116,000 sheets of paper/month
    • 100% inspection, improved reporting on defects and other metrics
    • Reduced cycle time by more than 2 hours
    • Operators are more focused on their tasks
    • Enables automatic reporting (first pass yield, cycle time, etc.)
  • MAJOR EUROPEAN USERS
    • Tesco – U/K
    • Metro Groups – Germany
    • Marks & Spencer – UK
    • Airbus – France
    • Carrefour – France
    • GlaxoSmithKline – UK
    • Worldwide Fruit UK
    • Volkswagen – Germany
    • DHL
    • RFID demo/test centers throughout UK
  • RFID Test Centers
    • Sun Microsystems – Dallas, TX
    • IBM – Gaylord, TX
    • Alien Technologies – Dayton, OH
    • Live demo’s of Gen 2 hardware, software, systems and business applications in a lab setting. Hands-on RFID workshop designed to give users detailed knowledge of upgrades in supply chain, warehouse, logistics, receiving, shipping, packaging and labeling systems.
  • Hardware/Software/Systems Sources
    • Alien Technologies Avery Dennison
    • ThingMagic Paxar
    • Microsoft Philips
    • Cisco Systems Shipcom Wireless
    • RFID4U IBM
    • Intermec Technologie OAT Systems
    • Symbol Tagsys
    • Zebra RFID China Alliance
    • Scan Source SAVI
    • Tyco UPM Rafsec
    • TI Samsys
    • HP
  • RFID TAG LOW COST MANUFACTURING
    • 300 mm SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER FAB
    • REDUCTION OF CHIP GEOMETRY 1u TO 65nm
    • Low Cost labor locations
    • Automated assembly/packaging/test
    • Volume scalability
  • HOT MARKETS
    • Supply Chain Logistics/Transportation
    • Asset Tracking/Inventory Control
    • Medical
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Work-in-Process
    • Government
    • Transportation
    • Retail
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Engineers
    • Technical Support (Professional Services)
    • Executive Level Managers
  • FUTURE OUTLOOK
    • Dramatic adoption increase in RFID activity in 2006-7
    • 5¢ Tag – Is it feasible?
    • Silicon vs. Plastic
    • Integrated vehicle mount readers
    • Single chip H/H Reader
    • Sensors/RFID
    • Biometrics
    • Wal-Mart --- DoD mandates
    • RFID & Shared Assets
    • Privacy Advocates
    • Global Picture