Contributed Editorial

  1. RFID Adoption For Perishable Foods Will Be Driven By Benefits, Not Government
    10/29/2009
    Fresh food represents a strong potential RFID market, but the adoption will come from true business value, not FDA regulation or congressional action. We expect RFID benefit will be generated from improving retailer and distributor revenue, while also lowering cost. Key components to adoption will be the development of a uniform set of data standards, a standard communication mechanism, and the ability to improve visibility of merchandise and data about the merchandise, particularly temperature. By Reik Read, Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  2. Guest Column: RFID Adoption For Perishable Foods Will Be Driven By Benefits, Not Government
    10/29/2009
    Fresh food represents a strong potential RFID market, but the adoption will come from true business value, not FDA regulation or congressional action. We expect RFID benefit will be generated from improving retailer and distributor revenue, while also lowering cost. Key components to adoption will be the development of a uniform set of data standards, a standard communication mechanism, and the ability to improve visibility of merchandise and data about the merchandise, particularly temperature. By Reik Read, Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  3. An Enterprise-Wide Look At MRO
    10/22/2009
    Supply chain, contracts, integrators, suppliers, safety stock, consignment programs, lot numbers, expirations, regrinds… all of these are familiar terms when dealing with tools and MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) inventory at the plant level. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  4. Guest Series Part 3: An Enterprise-Wide Look At MRO
    10/22/2009
    Supply chain, contracts, integrators, suppliers, safety stock, consignment programs, lot numbers, expirations, regrinds… all of these are familiar terms when dealing with tools and MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) inventory at the plant level. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  5. Guest Column: RFID A Solution For Lost DNA Samples
    10/1/2009
    DNA samples are becoming an increasingly important method for federal and state law enforcement agencies to help solve crimes and secure convictions. The evidence can also serve to clear those wrongly convicted. However, both Wisconsin and Illinois have recently found serious gaps in electronic DNA records, where the actual number of records is meaningfully less than the number of felons on file. In both states, all felons are required to have an electronic DNA sample in the database. By Reik Read, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  6. RFID A Solution For Lost DNA Samples
    10/1/2009
    DNA samples are becoming an increasingly important method for federal and state law enforcement agencies to help solve crimes and secure convictions. The evidence can also serve to clear those wrongly convicted. However, both Wisconsin and Illinois have recently found serious gaps in electronic DNA records, where the actual number of records is meaningfully less than the number of felons on file. In both states, all felons are required to have an electronic DNA sample in the database. By Reik Read, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  7. Guest Series: Indirect Material And MRO Cost Savings
    9/24/2009
    Indirect material is defined as any inventory that does not go into the final product but is used during the manufacturing process. This includes MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) items, tools, machine parts, chemicals, shop rags, and other inventory items. These items play a key role in manufacturing the product but are peripheral to the product being manufactured. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  8. Indirect Material And MRO Cost Savings
    9/24/2009
    Indirect material is defined as any inventory that does not go into the final product but is used during the manufacturing process. This includes MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) items, tools, machine parts, chemicals, shop rags, and other inventory items. These items play a key role in manufacturing the product but are peripheral to the product being manufactured. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  9. Managing Indirect Materials With RFID: RFID Tool Tracking Basics
    8/20/2009
    For a technology to take a stronghold in the marketplace, it must directly solve a known challenge or support the process improvement needed to overcome this challenge. RFID moved into the spotlight when WalMart and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) began to push the rapid development of the technology. The goal was to improve the processes surrounding logistics, delivery, and receipt of product. This was the driving factor behind the rapid RFID technology advancement of the last 5 years. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  10. Managing Indirect Materials With RFID: RFID Tool Tracking Basics
    8/20/2009
    For a technology to take a stronghold in the marketplace, it must directly solve a known challenge or support the process improvement needed to overcome this challenge. RFID moved into the spotlight when WalMart and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) began to push the rapid development of the technology. The goal was to improve the processes surrounding logistics, delivery, and receipt of product. This was the driving factor behind the rapid RFID technology advancement of the last 5 years. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.