This track is designed specifically for airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance companies and others looking to understand how radio frequency identification can improve operations and reduce costs.
April 13, 2011
1:30 PM—Track Session
RFID Saves Time, Improves Safety at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Even a small tool left on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center could potentially damage a spacecraft during liftoff, thereby jeopardizing a mission. To prevent assets from being left behind by workers, Boeing has employed a real-time location system. Hear how the system reduces the time spent inventorying tools, by enabling staff members to search for a specific tool, or to perform an inventory of all tagged items at the facility, quickly and cost-effectively, thus reducing labor costs and increasing flight safety.
Speaker:Philip Lintereur, Boeing Fluids, Avonics and Propulsion Systems Manager, Boeing
Takeaways:• Best practices for using RFID for inventory tracking
2:20 PM—Track Session
Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer Streamlines Supply Chain With RFID
Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), a contract aerospace and defense manufacturer, is using RFID to track work-in-process (WIP) for its cable-harness product line, creating transparency of the firm’s inventory and manufacturing processes, up and down the supply chain. In this session, hear how the deployment brought about a dramatic transformation in the firm’s operations, trimming costs and streamlining manufacturing, while also enabling Boeing to track its orders in real time.
Takeaways:• How RFID helps KMM save more than $160,000 annually on its production line due to the above improvements
3:10 PM—Track Session
Lufthansa Technik Saves by Using RFID for Logistics and Maintenance
Lufthansa Technik, a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civilian aircraft, has implemented an RFID solution for tracking aircraft components through its maintenance processes. In this session, learn the latest information about how the company’s RFID initiative, which uses passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) technology permanently on parts, is reducing costs and improving logistics and maintenance processes.
Speaker:Carsten Sowa, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik
Takeaways:• Tag development and implementation status
April 14, 2011
12:00 PM—Track Session
RFID: State of the Union
In this session, a representative of Boeing will present the big picture of RFID for aerospace and defense. Learn about progress on commercialization efforts, and obtain a future outlook from a global industry leader. This will be a rare opportunity to discuss the paths and direction of RFID in aerospace from one of the leading companies in the industry.
Speaker:Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, Boeing
2:00 PM—Track Session
Improving Inventory Control With RFID at NASA's Langley Research Center
Since installing an RFID system for tracking 3,000 pieces of equipment at its data center, offices and laboratory, NASA’s Langley Research Center has reduced the time required for inventory counts from three weeks to a single day. Learn how the United States' first civilian aeronautics lab is using EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tags attached to equipment, as well as racks and entranceways, so that the system can alert workers to any discrepancy in location, and enable them to pinpoint a missing item by inputting it into a handheld reader that beeps louder as it gets closer to the item.
Speaker:Steven Mercier, Senior Systems Engineer, Langley Research Center, NASA
Takeaways:• How the system provides a history for each piece of equipment, as well as how long that item has remained at a particular location, and when it was removed
2:50 PM—Track Session
Tracking Engine Maintenance With RFID at Vector Aerospace
Vector Aerospace Engine Services—Atlantic (VAESA) is using an RFID-based solution to gain visibility of aircraft engine components as they pass through various departments for repair. When an engine arrives at the facility for repairs or maintenance, each component could undergo a complex route that includes cleaning, inspection and repair, with the work taking place on as many as a dozen different machines and stations. Tracking every component is absolutely critical; if even a single part is missing, delays can result, caused by manual searches for that item and its order paperwork. Find out how, following a six-month pilot that yielded 100 percent tag read rates, the firm is tracking engine components by means of fixed reader portals, desktop interrogators at workstations, and EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags affixed to equipment paperwork.
Speaker:Jonathon Bonnell, Process Development Engineer, Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic
Takeaways:• How VAESA is using the system to track work-in-progress, analyze dwell times and receive alerts if a component falls out of its scheduled repair path
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