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RFID in Aerospace Case Study Presentations

The editors of RFID Journal have created a DVD with 12 end-user case studies of the use of RFID in aerospace, plus nine other presentations by RFID experts.

This DVD contains PowerPoint presentations recorded at events hosted by RFID Journal.

Aerospace Presentations on DVD
Airbus Reveals the Benefits of an Enterprise Approach to RFID

Airbus, the 2008 RFID Journal Award winner for best implementation, has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of RFID by deploying the technology as "business radar" across all aspects of its business, including supply chain logistics, transportation, manufacturing and aircraft in-flight operations. This approach, which leverages a passive and active RFID reader infrastructure for multiple applications operating on a common software platform, has yielded significant benefits. The head of the company's RFID program will explain some ways in which Airbus leverages its RFID "business radar," as well as some of the benefits the technology helps to deliver.

• Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus

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.

• Philip Lintereur, Boeing Fluids, Avonics and Propulsion Systems Manager, Boeing

Using RFID to Manage Repair, Maintenance and Inspection Processes

Boeing is testing an RFID solution known as the Automated Identification Technology (AIT) Retrofit Package, designed for managing aircraft parts through repair, maintenance and inspection processes. Developed in partnership with Fujitsu, the system includes all hardware, middleware, software and integration required by airlines or other customers to track aircraft components. Learn how Boeing isolated five priorities among the 33 identified uses for RFID in the airline industry, and how airlines will benefit from the system.

• Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, Boeing

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.

• Carsten Sowa, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik

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.

• Jonathon Bonnell, Process Development Engineer, Vector Aerospace Engine Services – Atlantic

Air Canada Cargo Pilots RFID to Track Cargo and Mail 

Air Canada Cargo has been conducting a pilot to test RFID edge-layer and messaging capabilities that, when implemented, would provide the infrastructure and applications necessary to perform real-time tracking of shipments with minimal human intervention, as well as provide end users with a single interface, and send tracking information to postal authorities. This presentation will provide a pilot overview, including objectives and potential solutions.

• Andre Forest, Manager, Cargo Information and Technology, Air Canada Cargo 
• Barbara Johnston, General Manager of Postal Affairs, Air Canada Cargo

Tracking Tool Data and Usage, and Reducing Human Error With RFID

Machine-tool operators often need to manually input data regarding each tool, which can result in human error. FANUC FA America, a manufacturer of computer numerical controllers (CNC) for machining centers, has teamed up with a maker of sensor, networking and RFID products to offer an automated way to track tool information and usage, thereby eliminating the chance of human errors, which can create higher operating costs for manufacturers.

• Jerry Scherer, Design Engineer, FANUC FA America

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.

• Jeremy Mercer, Chief Engineer and Director of Information Technology, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing

Improving Inventory Accuracy at Luke AFB With RFID

The 56th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., replaced a bar-code tracking system at its 25,000-square-foot storage warehouse with an RFID solution, to better manage equipment inventory for staff members on the base and personnel deployed abroad. Hear how the system generates an inventory list at the supply desk, thereby providing inventory traceability and minimizing the time needed to process and log inventory levels.

• Matthew F. Owen, Resource Advisor, Luke Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force

Boeing's RFID Program

At Boeing's Rotor Wing facility, located in Ridley Park, Penn., an RFID-based asset-tracking solution was deployed to track composite parts, kits and materials in different workflow processing areas along the Chinook CH-47 and V-22 assembly lines. The collected data is used to monitor and manage the workflow process in real time, yielding significant operational improvements. The location of composite aircraft components is also tracked in real time via Visi-Trac, in zones throughout the facility. Boeing achieved a momentous milestone with this system in January 2009, when its one-millionth unique passive kit tag was read.

• Susan Jordan, Technology Integration Manager, Engineering Operations and Technology, Boeing 
• Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution, Inc. 

Asset Management in the U.S. Air Force: Using RFID in the Global Supply Chain

The Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is responsible for promoting the use of RFID auto-ID technology in the U.S. Air Force. This presentation will provide an update on the USAF’s passive RFID program, with emphasis on employing passive RFID to support the tracking of critical USAF assets, as well as an integrated approach between passive RFID, bar codes and wireless handheld terminals in base supply.

• Mark Reboulet, AIT Program Manager, United States Air Force

How Spirit Aerosystems Benefits from Active and Passive RFID Systems

Spirit AeroSystems, a Wichita-based supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components, uses 120 passive RFID readers mainly located in fabrication areas, as well as an active RFID system, to cover its 10 million-sq.-ft. manufacturing campus, for shop order tracking, transportation order tracking, tracking parts entering tanks of freezers and other applications. Hear how the company benefits from both passive and active RFID, and the lessons it has learned as it deployed one of the most sophisticated manufacturing RFID systems in the United States.

• Debbie Fogg, RFID Projects Manager, Spirit Aerosystems 

RFID: State of the Union

In this video, recorded during RFID Journal's RFID in Aerospace/Aviation virtual event, a representative of Boeing presents the big picture for radio frequency identification in the aerospace and defense industry. The presenter discusses the progress of commercialization efforts, and also provides a future outlook.

• Kenneth Porad, Associate Technical Fellow and Program Manager, Boeing 

Boeing Leverages RFID to Improve Supply Chains

Logistics command and control is the fusing of logistics information into a common operating picture to drive efficiency and effectiveness from factory to foxhole. Boeing's Advanced Global Services and Support division has been employing radio frequency identification and other technologies to provide knowledge-based logistics services to both private- and public-sector enterprises. In this session, learn how Boeing is utilizing RFID and other technologies to improve the tracking and distribution of equipment, spare parts and personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as for other government and non-government agencies, and how the company plans to use the same technologies and systems to improve its own operations.

• Charles Fletcher, Director, Logistics Command and Control, Boeing 

Best Practices for Tool Control: Reducing FOD Risk and Improving the MRO Process and Supply Chain

Aerospace companies and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities must consider tool control a high priority. Government contracts now require that tool-control methods be put in place when building or maintaining an aircraft. There are many methods for tool control available, but in this session, the speaker will focus on the best-practices method of automated tool control at the point of use, to ensure 100 percent positive tool-control methods. Hear how to monitor tool movement, determine location and, in the worst case, use existing technology to find a lost tool. Learn why it is important to establish proper tool control, and why managing all supplies necessary to complete a task is critical. Have you ever completed walk studies to determine the real cost of inventory? Is there a surefire method to ensure you have supplies on hand at all times? Learn how to uniquely handle these types of inventory issues in a cohesive system.

• Robert Holmes, Director of Marketing, WinWare Inc. 

Best Practices for A&D RFID Deployments: Which Processes Benefit the Most From RFID?

Aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and MRO providers are starting to adopt RFID technology for different use cases and business processes. What do successful deployments have in common? And where does process automation provide the biggest payoff? This session will walk through multiple real-world A&D deployments in WIP tracking, tool tracking, part marking, jig tracking, audit and attestation, and other areas. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options will be discussed.

• Jonathan Gregory, A & D Program Manager, OATSystems, a Division of Checkpoint Systems

From Parts to Revenue—Accelerating Production With RFID

RFID is being deployed to track work-in-process (WIP) and tools throughout the aerospace manufacturing process, resulting in faster conversion of parts to finished aircraft. This acceleration of aerospace assembly drives increased revenue and bottom-line profits. RFID Global Solution, which has been at the forefront of innovation in aerospace manufacturing processes, will share examples of process improvements and ROI achieved by its clients, from tracking parts to subassemblies to flight bags. Learn how the company's Visi-Trac solution reduces the time spent tracking work orders, distributing flight maps and inventorying tools, thereby resulting in improved supply chain visibility, reduced labor costs and faster conversion of parts to cash. The firm will also discuss best practices for tool control, as well as reducing the risk of foreign object damage (FOD) and improving the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) process and supply chain.

• Terry Alderson, VP of Aerospace and Defense, RFID Global Solution, Inc.

Choosing the Right RFID Technology for Manufacturing

Manufacturers are using RFID technology for a wide array of applications, including tracking parts bins, returnable transport containers, tools, work-in-process, finished goods inventory and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each applications, while building out an infrastructure for tracking and better managing other assets, requires a clearly thought out strategy. This session outlines the steps manufacturers need to take to take to choose the right technology for today—and for tomorrow.

• Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal 

Developing an RFID Strategy for Manufacturing

RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term needs. This session will explain how to create a long-term strategy that can enable businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a wide variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term.

• Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal 

Best Practices for RFID in Manufacturing Operations: Lessons Learned From 100+ Deployments

RFID is now synonymous with process automation for manufacturers across multiple industries. What do successful deployments have in common? And where does operational visibility provide the greatest payoff? This session will walk through deployment considerations based on real-world manufacturing deployments in the aerospace, defense, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries. Project design, enterprise systems integration and implementation options for work-in-process (WIP) tracking, tool tracking and materials management will be discussed, to accompany a deployment guide that will be distributed to all attendees.

• Jonathan Gregory, A & D Program Manager, OATSystems, a Division of Checkpoint Systems 

Choosing the Right RFID Tool-Tracking Systems to Save Time and Money

In many industries—including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas exploration and production, and farming—a fully automated RFID tool-tracking system can eliminate human errors, freeing up workers to perform their primary jobs without worrying about the tools needed to do so. In this session, learn how to choose which technology will work best in your particular operating environment.

• Maurizio Turri, Lab Manager, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas 

Building the Lean Enterprise

Recent economic turmoil has magnified the need for lean, targeted operations across many industries. The traditional concept of lean manufacturing—eliminating waste and creating more value with less work—presents significant opportunities for RFID technologies. This session will explore the integral role of RFID-enabled systems in creating a lean enterprise to meet—and exceed—the high expectations of today's consumer. The maturation of radio frequency identification and its proven ability to solve real business problems have led to increased reliability, greater ease of use and streamlined implementations for organizations in a variety of sectors. Attendees will hear firsthand about the power of RFID to create a lean enterprise today.

• Jim Caudill, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Xterprise 

Important Considerations in Choosing RFID Tags for Manufacturing WIP Applications

RFID tags are the heart of an RFID solution—the performance and reliability of a tag are critical to achieving successful read rates and accomplishing a solution's stated ROI. There are many considerations customers need to make in selecting the proper RFID technology for their manufacturing solutions, including a tag's expected lifespan, the environment, read distance requirements, the movement of assets between facilities and geographic regions, and cost. This session will examine each of these considerations, with a specific focus on active versus passive technologies, and also explore the feature sets available to each.

• Andre Cote, CTO and VP Product Marketing, Omni-ID 

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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