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AIM Plays Key Role in Helping
Medical Device Marking Become Law

John Burnell, Principal – Burnell Reports

Less than a year from now all medical devices that support or sustain life distributed in the U.S. will need be identified with a unique serial number encoded in an AIDC data carrier. By 2020 every medical device – from pacemakers to tongue depressors – must identified and marked. Manufacturers are also required to register UDI data in the new Global UDI Database (GUDID, pronounced "good ID") that was also established as part of the rule. Those are among the key provisions of the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) System Final Rule that became law on September 24, 2013.

Medical device makers will need to produce and register millions of serialized bar codes or RFID tags to comply with the law, which requires nearly all Class I, II and III medical device to have to carry both human- and machine-readable data. Implementation will be phased in over seven years. Class III medical devices, which include life-sustaining and life-supporting products like pacemakers and implants, must be marked and registered by September 24, 2014. Some commodity products and medical supplies (e.g. adhesive bandages) will not need to carry a UDI until September 24, 2020 and may only require a U.P.C. code.

The Final Rule was received very favorably by regulated medical device makers, healthcare automation and patient safety advocates and the technology community. AIM North America (AIM NA) played a significant role in the law’s development, by working closely with all stakeholders to identify requirements and concerns, providing expert technical guidance to the FDA and leading information gathering and educational activities. Jay Crowley, the FDA administrator who led the UDI rule development, is a member of AIM NA’s UDI committee.

"What the FDA was able to do with the UDI Final Rule is fairly impressive, and it really went to great lengths to harmonize with international standards and initiatives," said Dr. Clive Hohberger of AIM NA’s UDI committee. "The FDA did something with medical devices that it couldn’t do with pharmaceuticals: create a globally coordinated standard for traceability."

Data is Defined, Data Carrier is Not
The content of the UDI mark must include a serial number that uniquely identifies the object and its model, plus some variable information such as batch or lot number, date of manufacture and expiration date. Many devices and supplies can be labeled, but direct marking is required for devices that are intended to be used more than once and all those that are reprocessed (including sterilized) before each use.

The UDI rule requires the information to be included in human-readable and machine-readable forms, but does not require use any specific AIDC technology. Linear bar codes, 2D bar codes, RFID and contact memory would all be acceptable. However, Data Matrix 2D bar codes are expected to become the de facto standard for UDI marking because of practical considerations – notably the required data to be encoded and the limited amount of space available on most devices. Required UDI data can be encoded in Data Matrix symbols ranging from approximately 0.3 to 0.75 inch square, although the symbol size depends on the amount of variable data included, error correction level and mil size.

"Data Matrix is pretty compatible with pharmaceutical packaging processes," Hohberger says. "There are four major reasons Data Matrix should be used for UDI marking: first, it is compatible with all the data standards the Rule supports –GS1, HIBCC, etc. Second, pharmaceutical items and packages are usually small, so marking with multiple linear bar codes is impractical. Data Matrix has quality standards for direct marking, which is very important for devices, and finally, it is very easy to scan with any device. You can read a Data Matrix with the camera on your smart phone if you needed to."

The End of the Beginning
Passage of the UDI rule is not expected to create an immediate market opportunity for bar code label and RFID tag providers because manufacturers will likely use other methods to produce their UDI marks. Pharmaceutical packaging lines commonly process 500 to 600 items per minute and thus use high-speed direct inkjet marking equipment. Laser etching and other direct part marking (DPM) techniques will be needed for reusable medical devices.

The effect UDI has on the market may be similar to the effect U.P.C. codes had on the retail supply chain. Millions of AIDC-marked medical products will soon be in circulation, which could create the critical mass that manufacturers, packagers, distributors, hospitals and other stakeholders need to invest in reading infrastructure and traceability solutions. Global standards could help the pharmaceutical industry could save 22,000 to 43,000 lives and eliminate between $60 billion and $94 billion of excess inventory annually, according to Strength in Unity: the promise of global standards in healthcare, a 2012 study by McKinsey that was sponsored by GS1.

"UDI represents a landmark step in improving patient safety, modernizing our postmarket surveillance system for medical devices, and facilitating medical device innovation," Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said in the agency’s announcement of the Final Rule. AIM members are well positioned to develop the type of innovative, complete solutions that UDI marking facilitates.

UDI will be a key enabler for new traceability and control systems, and dovetails with other U.S. and international initiatives, including the H.R. 3204 the Drug Quality Security Act that recently passed the House of Representatives and bears watching.

"The UDI initiative is a major case where AIM NA participated," says Hohberger. "We didn’t just fire off letters and take potshots at what the FDA proposed. We brought people together, provided expertise on standards and technology and added real value."

Editorial Note:
This article is intended to provide an overview of the FDA UDI rule that became law in September 2013 and some of the opportunities it creates for AIM members. The complete 160-page rule includes specific UDI data content and format requirements, definitions of covered devices, deadlines, exemptions and interpretations.

For specific information or questions, visit the FDA’s UDI website which provides excellent summary information, or access the Final Rule which is available free to download. The AIM NA webinar, presented after the ruling was finalized, featuring Jay Crowley of the FDA and other UDI industry experts, is available upon request.

To get involved with this important effort, contact AIM NA’s UDI Committee.

John Burnell is an award-winning writer and editor who has been developing market education, research, PR and marketing materials for business technology audiences since 1990. He is well known in the enterprise mobile computing and data collection industries as the former editor-in-chief of Automatic ID News and Frontline Solutions magazines, senior correspondent for RFID Update, and as a speaker and organizer at the Frontline, ID EXPO and SCANTECH conferences.

2013 Summit - A Great Success

If you didn’t make it to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando for the 2013 AIM Summit, you missed a quite an event!

This year’s Summit, which may have seemed like a whirlwind experience to some, was packed full of the latest in industry trends, plenty of one-on-one networking time with fellow AIM members and peers from the collocating MHI Conference, celebration for AIM’s 40th Anniversary along with 2013 AIM Industry Award recipients, and productive working sessions for the AIM Boards, Chapters and Committees.

The activities began Sunday with a committee meeting for the AIM NA UID Suppliers Alliance (USA) as well as both AIM, Inc. and AIM North America Boards to discuss strategic issues. Following those sessions, representatives from the AIM Chapter Leadership each gave presentations on efforts in their respective countries/regions. It was amazing to see how much the AIDC industry – and AIM – has grown in influence around the world!

Later on Sunday, AIM attendees joined members of MHI for great food, drink and networking, all set around the spectacular waterfall pool and beach on a beautiful Florida evening at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Monday morning, the 2013 Summit officially kicked off with a trip down memory lane during a special AIM 40th Anniversary Retrospective, created with the help – and images – of many current and past AIM leaders.

Keynote speaker Doug Hall, of CEO Focus, presented Turning It Around During Challenging Times, a realistic assessment of how individuals and organizations can successfully "bounce” during challenging times. Certainly a valuable message in today’s world!

The morning was rounded out with a panel of industry experts with the session AIDC Industry Analysts Speak Out, each representing different segments of the market.

A special luncheon, sponsored by BlueStar, was held to honor the recipients of both the AIM and AIM NA 2013 Industry Awards (see related article in this issue). In addition, the winner of AIM’s 2013 AIDC Case Study Competition – Intermec – was announced to the group. Sprague Ackley, a long time AIM member was on hand to accept the award.

Following the luncheon, it was back to work for the Summit attendees! Shi Yu of Beijing REN JU ZHI HUI Technology Co., presented Growing Your Business in China, an insider’s view of how to integrate business successfully in China’s growing AIDC marketplace.

Looking to better understand how automatic identification is being implemented within the government? Leaders from three government sectors presented their take in How Automatic Identification Solutions are Impacting Key Government Sectors.

AIM was pleased to have the opportunity to highlight Argonne National Laboratory, winner of AIM’s 2013 RFID Case Study Competition, present The Watchful Guardian, a review of Argonne’s winning strategies used to assist the U.S. Department of Energy.

Advancements in marking technologies took the stage for AIDC Marking Technology – Trends, Solutions & the Future. Sponsored by TEKLYNX, this session featured a variety of industry experts looking at current trends and advancements in the marketplace.

The Summit’s final technical session, Trends in Automotive Procurement, gave attendees a first-hand look – and feel – of how AIDC technology is valuable inside the automotive supply chain from the OEM perspective.

To learn more about any of the speaker presentations from the 2013 Summit, go to the AIM Members Only Section at AIM.

One of the other highlights of this year’s Summit was definitely the joint dinner with MHI on Monday evening that featured Jim Morris, the real-life inspiration for the award winning film, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. Morris kept the audience virtually speechless for more than an hour with his genuine and heartwarming stories of making it big in major league baseball and how his journey began as a boy learning the values of life from his grandfather in Texas.

For some, the 2013 Summit ended later that evening – definitely on high note.

For others, there was still more to be done on Tuesday and Wednesday, with working meetings of the AIM NA Unique Device Identification (UDI) Committee, Technical Symbology Committee (TSC), Internet of Things (IoT) Committee and the RFID Experts Group (REG). For updates on the latest from these groups, read the Committee Connection article which follows, or visit AIM Committees.

A very special thanks goes out to all of the 2013 AIM Summit Sponsors – BlueStar, TEKLYNX, Evanhoe & Associates, FEIG Electronics, A2B Tracking, FLEXcon and Advanced Identification, Inc. Please take the time to visit them to learn more about the latest in AIDC technologies and innovation!!

So…ready to pack your bags for next year’s Summit?

A Safe Bet for AIDC Sales Growth?

John Burnell, Principal – Burnell Reports

Can you name the industry that is characterized by thousands of products that are frequently moved and shared among workers, strong regulatory requirements to keep inspection, maintenance and life cycle data at the item level, and usage environments that can make manual data collection challenging?

Now, can you name a good reason why AIDC technologies are not heavily used to meet tracking and reporting requirements?

The industry is safety equipment. The reason AIDC technologies are not heavily used to track safety equipment is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps the reason is because more solution providers are not aware of the needs and opportunities of the market, which represents a sweet spot for AIDC solutions because it includes mobile, high-value assets that need to be accurately identified, plus mandatory documentation requirements.

"When you look across our customer base, some are tracking with pencil and paper, some use spreadsheets, and some are not tracking at all," said Michael Seman, senior product marketing manager at Honeywell Safety Products.

There will be approximately $14 billion worth of new personal protective equipment (PPE) sold this year and there are already millions of products in use, including respirators, scaffolds, fall protection systems and eye, face, head and hearing protection products. PPE is just one of several segments of the safety equipment industry, each with its own product types, tracking requirements and AIDC opportunities. Personal protective equipment and other safety equipment are used in many industries, so AIDC solution providers may have follow-up sales opportunities within their current customer bases. Seman notes the desire to automate does not correlate to company size.

Potential customer segments for inspection, asset tracking and lifecycle management solutions include end-user companies, product distributors, inspection and maintenance service providers, and the more than 4,000 personal protection equipment manufacturers – a handful of which are embedding RFID tags into their products during manufacturing to facilitate automated tracking by their customers. Earlier this year Honeywell launched Enabled Safety Products, a comprehensive tagging and software solution that enables customers to use bar codes or RFID to track which workers that products were assigned to, record them when returned, automate the inspection process and receive alerts for upcoming maintenance, inspection or end-of-life dates.

"Companies that care the most about safety and are truly motivated to protect their workers have been the strongest supporters of our automated system," said Neil Alan, R&D manager at Honeywell Safety Products. "People that just want to avoid a fine if an OSHA inspector shows up won’t want to automate."

The large number of safety products and users provide a sizable market opportunity. The multitude of regulations about how PPE and other safety equipment must be tracked and inspected presents a compelling case for AIDC solutions. While regulations vary by product type, companies are generally required to keep inspection and life cycle service records for many types of safety equipment. The primary regulation that covers how safety equipment must be tracked, inspected, reported and disposed of is OSHA regulation CFR Part 1910 Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Sub-parts of interest include OSHA 1910.140 (c) (17) and (19), which cover personal protection equipment. There are many additional regulations specific to types of equipment, work environments (e.g. marine terminals) or industries (e.g. construction). Market research firm Frost & Sullivan has predicted U.S. and Canadian regulatory authorities will step up compliance enforcement efforts, which could be a catalyst for adoption of automated inspection and data collection systems.

Mobile computer adoption is rising for environmental health and safety operations, which could also lead to more AIDC use. Honeywell made it very easy for customers to implemented automated tracking and inspection management by embedding UHF RFID tags and bar codes in select products, offering aftermarket tags that can be applied to other assets and providing the software through a SaaS model, which reduces the up-front out-of-pocket costs. There were already several handheld computer-based safety solutions on the market, with bar code and UHF, high frequency and low frequency RFID technologies all in use.

AIDC technology has not been widely adapted for safety equipment tracking despite the need to accurately collect the information to prepare inspection and life cycle management reports, and despite the general business benefits from automated asset management and inventory control. Considering the strong need to accurately track assets, potentially more compliance pressure and growing use of mobile computers, the safety equipment market seems like a safe bet to expand AIDC solution sales.

In the AIM Spotlight –
Monode Marking Products, Inc.

Monode Marking Products, Inc. is a third generation family owned corporation based in Mentor, Ohio. Since 1956, Monode has worked closely with its customers across all industries which helped them develop a unique approach at keeping solutions simple, cost effective, user friendly, and on the cutting edge. Monode has identified two areas of focus that set their approach apart from their competition – compliance and traceability.

The core of successful marking is the understanding and complying with applicable standards. Monode’s formula allows them to design equipment that complies with the part standard, educate, and then train each customer to make sure they are compliant. As an active member of standards committees and trade associations Monode presents a practical side to solving this process. This exclusive approach has built a blueprint to help customers comply with their industrial standards in the DoD, Medical, Automotive, Aerospace, Oil and Power Generation industries.

Providing ROI through unit level tracking is a key aspect of traceability. Some of Monode’s innovations include digital power units for electro-chemical etching, multi axis robots for complex parts and EIP/OPC device drivers for laser and dot peen markers. Monode’s patented COTS software, Traceable-IT, can be used for a wide range of database connectivity, multiple marking and vision technologies, auditing capabilities and improving the processes that traditionally cause escapes through simple interfaces.

Monode’s blend of practical application knowledge, workflow, and standards, help them provide solutions to meet the needs of their customers. This formula of capability, knowledge, and innovation are the elements that allow Monode to successfully implement compliance and traceability needs for a variety of businesses.

Monode is an active participant in AIM and committed to supporting AIDC innovation and technology through its membership. To learn more about the company, visit Monode Marking Products, Inc.

2013 AIM Industry Awards Applaud Leaders from Around the Globe!

Each year, AIM and AIM North America honor individuals and organizations that not only promote the AIDC industry, but demonstrate significant leadership and contributions to technologies and innovation. 2013 has proved no exception in finding outstanding achievement within the industry, and this year’s award recipients were recently announced during a special ceremony during AIM’s 40th Anniversary Summit in Orlando, FL.

Sarah Howland, Editor-in-Chief of Field Technologies Magazine/Field Technologies Online, was awarded the Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism Award. The award recognizes a member of the media whose work exemplifies the qualities of honest, educational and unbiased reporting in the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry.

The Don Percival Award, co-sponsored by AIM and SCAN – The Data Capture Report, was presented this year to Jay Crowley, Senior Advisor with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), honors outstanding contributions to the application of AIDC technologies in the user community. Mr. Crowley, who has more than 20 years with the FDA, was a major force behind the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) System Final Rule, which just became law in late September 2013, and is likely to have a major impact on medical device standardization in the U.S. and internationally.

A collaborative effort to further the growth of the AIDC industry in academia is the basis for the Ted Williams Award, which was given to Gisele Bennett, PhD of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Bennett is Director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory as well as a highly published author and recognized expert in radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies.

Adam Crossno, CEO and Founder of OnAsset Intelligence, Inc., was named the recipient of the Allan Gilligan Award , which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of AIDC applications in materials handling and logistics in the supply chain. Mr. Crossno is the inventor of FlightSafe, the first tracking device approved by the FAA to safely allow for real-time monitoring and management of assets during flight. Today, this technology is being used by more than 25 domestic and international airlines to safely transport cargo to over 500 worldwide destinations.

The Richard R. Dilling Award is considered to be the highest award given in the AIDC industry in recognition of lifetime achievements that have furthered industry growth through significant applications and new technological developments. The 2013 recipient, Brian Marcel of the IBCS Group in the United Kingdom, has been actively involved in AIDC market development in Europe for more than 35 years.

Dan Kimball, a Principal at SRA International, who serves as the Lead Technical Advisor, DoD Logistics Automatic Identification Technology Office, U.S. Transportation Command, was selected as AIM North America Professional of the Year. He has been a significant contributor to AIM’s work in radio frequency identification (RFID) and barcode standards, and has served in numerous leadership roles with the association. In addition, Mr. Kimball is a member of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Asset Tracking Work Group and is the author of the NATO Standardization Agreements on RFID and Unique Item Identification. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the AIDC 100, which recognizes leadership and outstanding achievement in the AIDC industry. Established in 2007, the AIM North America Professional of the Year is presented annually to an individual in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions to the development of the Automatic Identification and Mobility industry through their work as a contributor, collaborator, or mentor.

The AIM North America Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Award, is sponsored by the AIM NA UID Supplier Alliance, and presented each year to an individual, committee, group, or organization from the government sector that has championed the successful use of AIT within the local, state, or national government. The inaugural award was given to United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Senator Whitehouse has been a fierce advocate for the use of AIT in government for many years, especially within the Department of Defense (DoD). In 2012, he hosted a roundtable discussion and technology expo on Capitol Hill which focused on how government investment in item unique identification (IUID) barcode technology saves money and helps protect the DoD supply chain. This event proved successful in furthering government awareness of the advantages of IUID innovations.

BlueStar, Inc. was honored as the AIM North America Business of the Year. This award is presented annually to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the AIDC industry. As a respected and responsible leader, this company’s achievements certainly deserve special recognition. BlueStar is the leading global distributor of a wide range of solutions-based technologies and works exclusively with value added resellers, providing them with complete solutions, business development and marketing support. Steve Cuntz, President of BlueStar and a member of the AIM, Inc. Board of Directors, was on hand to accept the award.

To learn more, visit AIM Industry Awards or contact AIM.

Spotlight on Standards

Steve Halliday, AIM Standards & Committee Coordinator

For many years, AIM has been involved with the standards world as it relates to the technologies that we are familiar with. The TSC and REG committees (see Committee Connection article) have both created AIM standards that have gone on to be published as ISO standards.

There are many standards organizations in the world, but ISO is probably the most well-known. Inside of the vast ISO arena there is a group called JTC 1 (Joint Technical Committee 1). This group was formed by bringing both ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Committee) together to form a group that would concentrate on the ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) arena.

JTC 1 has many Sub Committees (SCs) but the one that is most of interest to our community is SC 31, Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques. This is the committee where all of the barcode and RFID standards are created.

In the ISO world, attendance and participation is controlled on a Country (ISO calls them National Bodies) basis. In the U.S.A. the National Body is ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Other countries have their own equivalent organization.

ANSI does not have the technical staff to participate in all of the ISO committees and so it accredits other organizations for each committee. In the case of SC 31, AIM is the secretariat of the (TAG) Technical Advisory Group to SC 31. Any company that is a resident in the U.S. is eligible to join the TAG and participate in the standards work that is underway.

You may be asking yourself if there is still any standards work to be done in our industry and the answer would be yes. JTC 1/SC 31 is divided in to six working groups as follows:

• Working Group 1 - Data Carriers
• Working Group 2 - Data Structure
• Working Group 4 - RFID for Item Management
• Working Group 5 - Real Time Locating Systems
• Working Group 6 - Mobile Item Identification and Management (MIIM)
• Working Group 7 - Security for Item Management

Want to make your mark on industry standards? Join an AIM committee today and be a part of the future development of standards. Contact AIM Standards Committee now to get started!

Committee Connection

Steve Halliday, AIM Standards & Committee Coordinator
Mary Lou Bosco, AIM Chief Operating Officer

This regular feature in AIMatters is designed to keep you up-to-date on the work of the various committees within the association. All AIM members are eligible to join committees and we encourage every member -- not just the techies -- to participate in the great work being done to enhance and support our industry.

Most of the committees have an area of the AIM Forum where you can read the minutes of the meetings and review the work in progress as well as work that has been completed.

To receive information specific to a committee’s work, offer ideas for new topics or projects, or get involved with a committee, contact AIM Committee Connection today.

Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things is perhaps one of the fastest growing opportunities we have ever seen. Cisco says there is potentially $14.4 trillion of "value at stake” over the next decade. General Electric talks about 46% of the global economy benefitting from it.

AIDC will be the key to the bottom layers of the IoT. The sensing and identification of objects will happen using technologies like RFID and barcode. In fact it is already happening. If your company is not actively pursuing this massive opportunity then you are going to get left behind. Join the IoT Committee to learn and participate in this exciting work. The committee meets every month by phone with the occasional face to face meeting. Contact AIM for details of the next meeting.

The IoT Committee has published three white papers and is working on another five at this time. They have also published a matrix of IoT applications which is being updated and have just finalized a PowerPoint presentation about the IoT for anyone to use. You can see the work to date at AIM Internet of Things Committee.

Technical Symbology Committee (TSC)
The TSC is the longest running technical committee and is responsible for most of the barcode standards that we use today. They are the original creators of many of the current ISO standards. This group is currently updating the Data Carrier Identifiers document and is finalizing a new standard – Color Ultracode. Most recently published by this group is the Han Xin symbology standard. For more information, visit AIM Technical Symbology Committee.

RFID Experts Group (REG)
Not all of the work of the REG results in a standard being published, although as detailed last time, there are several ISO standards that are the work of this group.

The individual work groups in the REG meet regularly with the full REG only getting together as needed. The face to face meeting of the REG held at the beginning of August was a great success with everyone please at the amount of work that was accomplished.

Four areas currently being worked on by the REG include:
Effect of RFID in the Healthcare environment
The group has created a test protocol for devices that are used in the healthcare environment where they may come in proximity to RFID. The protocol has been used by both MET Labs and the FDA to test devices and the group is now reviewing any final changes before the protocol is published.
Effect of RFID on Explosives and Explosive environments
You may have seen notices along the highway warning of "blasting – turn off 2 way radio”, or the sign at the gas station warning you to not use your phone when pumping gas. These are both examples of when radio waves can trigger explosions (one near an explosive trigger, the other in an explosive atmosphere). The group is creating a white paper that deals with the use of RFID in these types of areas.
Active RFID
Most people are aware that there are different types of RFID, but many people do not understand the differences and the benefits that each can have. The Active RFID group is creating a series of informational documents and case studies that will show when to use active RFID rather than passive RFID along with some help in creating that all important ROI
Data content of RFID tags
Do you understand how to encode information on an RFID tag? The paper that is currently being written by this group deals not just with a GS1 EPCglobal number, but any of the many suppliers of numbers that you might need to encode, along with help on making the choice of numbering system to use.

Check out other opportunities at AIM REG Committee.

Unique Device Identification (UDI)
AIM North America

The AIM NA Unique Device Identification (UDI) Committee is currently working within the industry to understand the ramifications of the September 2013 final ruling by the FDA (see AIMatters cover story) and educate constituents with information to facilitate a seamless adoption of UDI and SNI using AIDC methodologies, including a whitepaper that will address a broad coverage of audiences and breadth of impact areas on good UDI practices. To learn more, connect with AIM UDI North America Committee.

UID Suppliers Alliance (USA)
AIM North America
The UID Suppliers Alliance provides UID vendors a forum to discuss issues as well as develop and initiate projects that will help accelerate UID implementation. This group works regularly to champion the AIDC industry with government agencies and legislative representatives around the US. They also meet with key congressional contacts in support of industry issues. If you wish to join their efforts, visit AIM UID Suppliers Alliance.


Items of interest & value for AIM members

Welcome New Members!!!
AIM is 40 years old and still going strong! We’re pleased to welcome these new members to the AIM family!

Advanced Identification, Inc.
LMG Technologies, Inc.
Logmation, Inc.

Thanks to all the AIM members who made referrals! If you know an individual or organization that would benefit from being part of AIM’s global network, make an introduction or contact AIM Membership to refer a candidate.

Kudos to Chuck Evanhoe & Dan Kimball!
INCITS and ISO’s SC 31 have recognized long time AIM members Chuck Evanhoe and Dan Kimball with leadership appointments to major committees. Chuck has been named Chair for INCITS SG on IoT and Dan will assume the role of Chair for JTC 1/SC 31. Read more about these prestigious appointments here.

Congratulations to 2013 AIDC Case Study Competition Winner Intermec!
Intermec, now a part of Honeywell, was selected as the first recipient of AIM’s AIDC Case Study Competition. Their entry, chosen from a field of worthy competitors, highlights a partnership with World Vision, an international humanitarian organization that needed to improve distribution of aid in the fields via a mobile solution. Intermec’s solution provided World Vision with their CN50 handheld mobile computers that increased efficiency significantly and resulted in time savings as well. Watch for complete details of Intermec’s Case Study in the Winter issue of AIMatters or visit Intermec to learn more.

Opportunities Available – AIM Pavilion 2014
It’s never too early to make plans to join peers as exhibitors at the AIM Pavilion for Supply Chain & Transportation USA 2014 (MODEX 2014 colocation event) and RFID Journal LIVE! 2014. Space will be limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t delay! Save the dates below and contact us at AIM Pavilion 2014 to guarantee your spot.

Supply Chain & Transportation USA 2014
March 17 – 20
Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, GA

RFID Journal LIVE! 2014
April 8 – 10
Orange County Convention Center - Orlando, FL

Industry Event Partnerships
AIM is pleased to partner with leading industry events in the coming months. Check out these options to connect and increase recognition for your organization!

Supply Chain & Transportation one2one
December 11 – 13, 2013
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

IPC APEX Expo 2014
March 25 – 27, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

Been Shopping Lately? Check Out the Great Buys at the AIM Store!!
Whether you’re looking for that perfect read to refresh your professional mind while relaxing on the beach, get the latest updates on a new area of endeavor in the industry, or just want to keep abreast of trends in the AIDC world, the AIM Store has exactly what you’ll need. From Specifications and Standards to White Papers and Presentations/Webinars, the best resource is right at your fingertips. Even better – many of the items are FREE to AIM Members!! It’s a win-win! Shop the AIM Store today!!

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