SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

July 10, 2007 14:00 ET

Managing Work-in-Process With RFID "Where's My Stuff ?!"

93% of All Organizations Surveyed Expect RFID to Help Cut the Cost of Doing Business (as Opposed to Help Increase Revenue). Best-in-Class Organizations Are Able to Decrease the Total Value of Spare Parts on Hand by 21% Leveraging Their RFID Data -- A Rate That Is 50% Higher Than All Other Organizations.

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Process-intensive organizations continuously face competitive pressures to increase: labor waste, throughput while decreasing the cost of doing business. According to a new research report by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) the majority of the costs that can be optimized without adverse impact on throughput fall into four categories: excess inventory, loss due to mishandling or misplacement of key components, and exception-handling.

In the benchmark report "Where's my stuff?!" Aberdeen surveyed 220 end-users to identify the value proposition of RFID for managing assets in process-intensive environments, such as high-touch manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, textiles and hospitals. The key benefits to the technology are:

1.  Improving real-time visibility into critical processes,
2.  Managing exceptions and preventing loss or damage to critical assets,
3.  Locating and providing proactive maintenance to tools and equipment,
    and
4.  Reducing the need for excess spare parts inventories.
"Reducing loss, reducing time-wasting manual intervention, reducing the time it takes to get from information request to information delivery and resolution, the ability to find and fill process flow gaps with idle equipment, parts and people, and, ultimately, the ability of an organization to structure its pricing to reflect the actual cost of doing business, together represent the value proposition of RFID to the process-intensive industries," says Russ Klein, Research Director for the Emerging Technology practice at Aberdeen. "In order to realize the potential, an organization must be able to measure its performance at key points in the process, identify waste, and be willing to adapt existing processes to take advantage of the business intelligence that these actions deliver."

The research, underwritten by Acsis, Domino Integrated Systems Group, Reva Systems, and TrenStar, shows readers best practices of RFID applications for management of work-in-process. This report is valued at $399; however, for a limited time you can download a complimentary copy, just follow this link: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=3988.

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

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