Contributed Editorial

  1. Passive Transactions: The Real Benefit To Managing Tools
    11/29/2010
    Let's face it... When it comes to tool tracking, what is asked of those who use the tools goes against their human nature. If I had a dime for every time I heard "put it back where you got it," I would have retired by the time I was 15 years old. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  2. Could RFID Help Support Electronic Health Records?
    11/10/2010
    Electronic health records EHRs would provide healthcare professionals with electronic access to an individual’s medical history, even when that history has been recorded by multiple providers. Therefore, the EHR system necessitates inter-operable communication of standardized data between hospitals and physicians. In our view, RFID could play a potential role in the development of these health records, particularly given the tight timeframe that needs to be followed. The Department of Health and Human Services needs to issue its Interim Final Rule by December 31, 2009 and legislative incentives begin in 2011. By Reik Read, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  3. RTLS Providers Cite Strong Demand From Hospitals
    11/10/2010
    Vendors of real-time location systems say they experienced growth in the first quarter of 2009, though a survey suggests a lack of knowledge is hampering uptake. By Claire Swedberg, RFID Journal
  4. Managing MRO And Tools: Are You Ready For The Wave?
    11/4/2010
    So it is a 95-degree, beautiful, sunny day on the California coast, and you decide to go surfing with a few buddies. The surf has been much better, but it is not too bad and certainly enough to have a good time. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  5. Managing MRO And Tools: Are You Ready For The Wave?
    11/4/2010
    So it is a 95-degree, beautiful, sunny day on the California coast, and you decide to go surfing with a few buddies. The surf has been much better, but it is not too bad and certainly enough to have a good time. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  6. RFID-Based Materials Management - Supply Side Economics
    9/27/2010
    Every EPC firm or owner I speak with tells me the same thing: "The supplier is the best person to attach the RFID tag to the pre-engineered component before it arrives at the site." Every supplier I speak with asks the same questions: "How hard will it be for my employees to learn to attach the RFID tags and how long will it take?" By Jon Chesser and Vincent Hsieh, Atlas RFID Solutions
  7. Guest Series Part 3: RFID-Based Materials Management - Supply Side Economics
    9/27/2010
    Every EPC firm or owner I speak with tells me the same thing: "The supplier is the best person to attach the RFID tag to the pre-engineered component before it arrives at the site." Every supplier I speak with asks the same questions: "How hard will it be for my employees to learn to attach the RFID tags and how long will it take?" By Jon Chesser and Vincent Hsieh, Atlas RFID Solutions
  8. The New MRO Normal — Doing More With Less
    9/13/2010
    We hear a lot about the "new normal" in business these days. Most often this term is used to describe our new economic outlook. It is also used to describe the new business outlook. I have even seen it used to describe the changing temperatures on our planet. And these may all be big-picture truths. It is hard to deny that there truly is a "new normal" for each of these facets of life. But what does "new normal" mean beyond the big picture? What does it mean to our everyday lives? To our work? To the management of MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) materials? By Robert Holmes, Marketing Director, WinWare, Inc.
  9. Guest Column: The New MRO Normal — Doing More With Less
    9/13/2010
    We hear a lot about the "new normal" in business these days. Most often this term is used to describe our new economic outlook. It is also used to describe the new business outlook. I have even seen it used to describe the changing temperatures on our planet. And these may all be big-picture truths. It is hard to deny that there truly is a "new normal" for each of these facets of life. But what does "new normal" mean beyond the big picture? What does it mean to our everyday lives? To our work? To the management of MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) materials? By Robert Holmes, Marketing Director, WinWare, Inc.
  10. Guest Series Part 2: RFID-Based Materials Management - A Game Of "What If"
    8/9/2010
    No matter how effective a manual system may seem, because the recording of material movement is not automated, data becomes obsolete very quickly. To make matters worse, unique material identification numbers are often hand-written, painted, or etched onto material and can become faded, smeared, removed, or hidden by other materials or elements like grass, dirt, or snow. Thus, manual tracking of pre-engineered components leads to increased instances of components that are "not immediately found," which leads to higher costs and decreased productivity. By Jon Chesser and Vincent Hsieh, Atlas RFID Solutions