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Defense/Aerospace

The U.S. Department of Defense, along with airplane manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, have deployed RFID systems to improve their supply chains and operations. This track will focus on the benefits the agencies are achieving, and discuss how their suppliers are meeting tagging mandates and achieving benefits, both internally and across their supply chains.

Hear from Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFID Journal, how RFID is benefiting the aerospace and defense industries, and how you can learn more from the leading end-users at the tenth annual RFID Journal LIVE!, being held Apr. 3-5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla.



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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
Tracking Sound and Vibration Levels Via RFID
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is employing RFID to capture data regarding vibration, as well as gauge the acoustic emissions, during space shuttle and rocket launches at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located at Patrick Air Force Base. Active RFID sensor tags are being used to transmit data to a reader and a PC, where the information can be reviewed in order to determine the sound and vibration levels generated by a rocket launch. The solution consists of active 2.4 GHz RFID tags with built-in sensors that capture the vibrations resulting at different areas surrounding a launch pad during liftoff. Learn how NASA uses the data to gain a greater understanding of the sound waves emitted from launches, and to better predict any potential damage that the waves might cause to equipment and structures within the area. Gain an understanding of how the technology may be used in the future to improve mission safety.
Speaker:
Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, Aerospace Engineer, Safety, International Space Station (ISS) , NASA
Takeaways:
• Ensuring that ground equipment and structures are safe, reliable and operational through the use of RFID
• Using tags with strain sensors (instead of vibration sensors) to measure the amount of deformation to containers known as composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV), used to store pressurized fluids
2:20 PM—Track Session
U.S. Department of Defense Automatic Identification Technology Update
This presentation will discuss topics related to the use of automatic-identification technology (AIT) by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to enable in-transit visibility (ITV) across the enterprise. The DOD uses—or is currently exploring the use of—various AIT media, including bar codes, active RFID, passive RFID, satellites and mesh networks. Use cases include positive inventory control, ITV, receipt and in-check. Benefits include labor savings, automated business processes, increased data quality and reliable metrics for process improvements. AIT implementation challenges and business-process improvements related to AIT use will be explored throughout the presentation.
Speaker:
Andrew Monday, Chief, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command
3:10 PM—Track Session
Fulfilling Air Transport Association Customer Mandates to Commission High Memory Tags
Rockwell Collins has implemented a wireless, enterprise resource planning (ERP)-integrated solution to write multiple birth-record data elements to high-memory passive tags for avionics installed on the Airbus A350 platform. In this session, learn about the background leading up to the project, and how the firm chose the correct approach. Understand how Rockwell Collins managed RFID integrator engagement, as well as hardware, Web services, ERP and wireless integration, while incorporating the challenges of emerging standards.
Speakers:
Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Lloyd V. Whiting, II, Principal Business Integration Analyst, Service and Asset Management, Rockwell Collins

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
DLA Uses RFID-enabled Distribution to Support the U.S. War Efforts
By leveraging the relationships of its suppliers and customers, using new and exciting technologies, and integrating RFID into more of its logistics footprint and processes, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing improved visibility beyond just receiving goods into inventory. In this session, learn how this capability will deliver improved availability, trust, responsiveness, speed and efficiency within the defense supply chain to support the war effort.
Speaker:
Mark Lieberman, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Takeaways:
• How existing implementations have demonstrated the value of automatic identification technology in the defense supply chain
• How the DLA's next phase of implementation will include expanding previous initiatives, as well as enabling new capabilities
2:00 PM—Track Session
Automating the Littoral Combat Ship Support Container Inventory Process With RFID
Speed in responding to threats is vital to a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which must be able to quickly replenish an existing mission package or swap out for a new one. The presence of a critical maintenance item for a required piece of equipment within a container can mean the difference between the success or failure of a mission. Learn how the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is automating its LCS support container inventory process. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Mine Countermeasures Systems for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Advanced Flight Mission Package Program, the Mission Package Automated Inventory Information System (MPAIIS) uses government-developed software and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and passive RFID tags to form a comprehensive inventory system. MPAIIS offers warfighters an incredible advantage, and provides inventory control, configuration management and asset tracking, with high accuracy and fast response times. By utilizing MPAIIS, a warfighter can be assured that he or she will always have the proper tool in the correct place at the right time.
Speaker:
Ryan Mabry, Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)
Takeaways:
• How MPAIIS greatly improves inventory accuracy and turnaround time, while also adding significant cost savings
• How MPAIIS was able to demonstrate 100 percent inventory accuracy of a container in less than 2 minutes 100 percent of the time, translating to a 99 percent reduction in a warfighter's inventory workload
2:50 PM—Track Session
Trusted But Verified: Operational Use of RFID in Supply Chains
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is advancing the use of automatic-identification technologies in various supply chains, as operations evolve. Correspondingly, the U.S. military services are now leveraging the presence of RFID systems within the DLA's distribution network, to improve visibility within in-theater logistics operations. Gain an overview of DLA operations and AIT-related infrastructure, enhancing internal DLA support to warfighters in the dynamic theater of operation. Understand how collaboration with military services has enabled improved visibility. And learn how DLA and the USMC Third Marine Expeditionary Forces are collaborating to improve material tracking and delivery operations, by leveraging multiple auto-ID technologies to provide demand lifecycle management from requisition to delivery, both in deployed and garrison environments within Japan and Southeast Asia.
Speaker:
Rayna W. Lowery, Major, USAF, Deputy Program Manager, Automatic Identification Technology (AIT), U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Takeaways:
• How growing pervasiveness of passive RFID in the DLA distribution network is enabling opportunities for U.S. military services to take advantage of the technology's benefits within local logistics operations
• How a technical framework for material management, from requisition to delivery, can be developed through collaboration between the DLA and military services



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