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

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May 1, 2013

1:30 PM—Track Session
TAP Saves More Than $3.3 Million on MRO With RFID
TAP Portugal is the country's leading airline, and its TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) division has incorporated RFID technology into its daily engine-maintenance operations, developed in partnership with MEGASIS (a TAP group company), as well as Airbus, Accenture and OATSystems. This is the first time that a maintenance and repair organization (MRO) has integrated RFID technology into its production process in order to track aircraft engine components undergoing maintenance. Learn how the solution, known as Mobile Enabled Engine Repair Application (MEERA), has resulted in increased efficiencies in labor-intensive operations within a complex series of processes requiring hundreds of engine components to be removed, cleaned, repaired and reassembled. MEERA provides TAP M&E with full real-time visibility into its component-tracking process, from the disassembly cycle to engine reassembly, generating operational efficiencies and providing full and more secure tracking.
Fernando Ferreira Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance and Engineering
• How the MEERA solution enables the firm to trace engine components undergoing overhaul, as well as tools belonging to other organizations
• The use of passive RFID UHF labels that are codified, printed and attached to engine components undergoing maintenance—a process that enables the TAP M&E engine-maintenance department to identify each component during all subsequent maintenance processes
2:20 PM—Track Session
Brazilian Air Force Boosts Efficiency of Its Air Logistics Center
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has modernized the operations of its Centro Logístico da Aeronáutica (CELOG), or Air Logistics Center, which is responsible for managing the monthly purchase of thousands of tons of materials. In order to increase its agility and operational efficiency, CELOG put in place a warehouse-automation project using radio frequency identification technology. Learn how the organization is using EPC RFID tags to reduce the time required to load cargo, from an average of 3.5 days down to 3 hours, and has also increased productivity by 600 percent.
Rogers Ascef, Lieutenant Colonel and Ph.D. Candidate, Information Sciences Ph.D., Brazilian Air Force; Naval Postgraduate School
• How the use of RFID has raised productivity and accuracy levels during the delivery and receipt of materials
• Using RFID to transport a large amount of cargo very quickly and accurately
3:10 PM—Track Session
RFID Improves Aircraft Production and Maintenance
Boeing is a leading airframe manufacturer in both the commercial and defense sectors, with several projects employing RFID technology. RFID-based tracking and tracing of aircraft parts, during both the production and maintenance phases of the lifecycle, brings significant value to all stakeholders within the aviation ecosystem. The common thread for all of these stakeholders is an improvement in quality, productivity and maintainability over an aircraft's lifecycle, spanning several years. The use of RFID enables automated data collection, verification and validation, resulting in improved accuracy and reduced flow time. The reduction in maintenance costs to airlines due to the implementation of RFID will be enhanced with a new service offering initiated by Boeing's RFID integrated solutions division. Learn how the stakeholders are working together to maximize the benefits offered by the technology.
Rebecca Shore, Solution Architect, RFID Integrated Solutions, Information Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
4:00 PM—Track Session
United States Marine Corps Uses RFID to Support War Effort in Afghanistan
The Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC) provides worldwide, integrated logistics/supply chain and distribution management; depot-level maintenance management; and strategic prepositioning capability in support of operating forces and other supported units. MCLC is the Marine Corps' executive agent for retrograde and reset of equipment returning from Operation Enduring Freedom. The visibility and accountability of equipment coming back from the war effort is critical to USMC operations. Learn how the MCLC is implementing a passive RFID system to increase the velocity and accuracy of processing equipment and material for wholesale storage, as well as improving visibility and reporting capability. Hear how the system is also being implemented in the austere Afghanistan environment to support the sending back of assets from the operational area to remote storage locations in Albany, Ga, and Barstow, Calif.
Gary Luce, Director, Systems Integration Division, Enterprise Distribution Management Department, Distribution Management Center, Logistics Command, U.S. Marine Corps
• How to employ RFID to save money and improve efficiencies
• How the solution is being used to redeploy supplies, instead of repurchasing, based on inventory location

May 2, 2013

9:00 AM—Track Session
Monitoring Environmental Conditions with RFID Sensors
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.
Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, Aerospace Engineer, Safety, International Space Station (ISS) , NASA
• 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
9:45 AM—Track Session
Delta Air Lines Uses RFID in MRO and Security Operations
Delta Air Lines operates an extensive domestic and international network, with more than 5,000 flights daily and approximately 80,000 employees. The airline has used RFID in its maintenance operation for more than two years, tagging emergency equipment in the cabin that must be on every plane and must not be expired—oxygen generators, life vests, portable oxygen bottles, first-aid kits, medical kits, defibrillators, fire suppression squibs, EPAS bottles that blow the doors open, and so forth. RFID replaces repeated date inspections and allows Delta to get the maximum life out of an asset before removing it from service. Additional projects are planned to use RFID for internal distribution, identifying and tracking tire inventory, and other projects. Learn how Delta is currently testing an RFID application to improve the TSA Security check in Atlanta, Detroit and Tokyo, with eventual expansion to the entire fleet.
Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, Delta Air Lines

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