RFID is the first technology with which a computer system can exchange information with manufactured goods, fixtures, tools, containers and transportation vehicles without any human intervention and without a line of sight between reader and tag. For the first time, multiple item numbers, serial numbers, usage counts, status or destination can be read at once and written reliably, without risk of error, and without adding labor or slowing down production or logistics, all capabilities that are missing from the now mature barcode systems. In the US, Wal-Mart and the defense department are promoting RFID in business and military logistics, but the worldwide acceptance of this technology in all its potential applications hinges on further reductions in cost from the current 30 to 50 cents per RFID tag, and on the development and acceptance of standards such as are currently proposed by EPC and ISO.
This two-day workshop introduces RFID technology, its current and forthcoming applications in manufacturing and logistics, as well as emerging standards. It includes discussions of the cost/benefit analysis of converting from barcode technology to RFID and strategic planning on RFID deployment. Case studies from major companies are also be discussed.
Other managers interested deploying RFID technology
How to get the most from this course
Read an introduction to lean manufacturing
Review the engineering and managerial challenges facing your machine shop
Bring an open mind.
Course outline (click on blue bullets for details)
Manufacturing managers and engineer