Defense/Aerospace

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and 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.

Apr. 9 10:45 AM

Solution Provider Session: Automated Identification Technology for Greater Visibility of Aircraft Parts and SCM Optimization

Fujitsu is introducing new RFID tags and related software and services for aircraft parts suppliers worldwide. The offering is in full compliance with the aviation industry's rigorous environmental resistance standards, as well as ATA's Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5. Delivering on the promises of RFID, Fujitsu's offering allows for a more effective management of individual parts, as well as accurate traceability throughout each part's lifecycle. Learn how the technology enables a faster delivery cycle and a reduction of stock shortages, thanks to greater visibility of parts in the supply chain.
Speaker: Toshiya Sato, VP, AIT Solution Business Division, Fujitsu Ltd. - GlobeRanger
Apr. 9 1:30 PM

The RFID-Enabled Smart Factory

Airbus is revolutionizing manufacturing by using passive and active RFID technologies and other intelligent technologies to provide real-time visibility into the tracking of work-in-progress, parts, kits, tools and more. Real-time data flows through a single platform, offering operators and plant managers the ability to view a virtual representation of what is occurring on the shop floor. Learn how Airbus is bringing together these different systems to create an integrated, seamless, smart factory.
Speaker: Trevor Stone, Head of Non-Flyable Projects, Value Chain Visibility & RFID Programme, Airbus
Apr. 9 2:20 PM

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, 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 TSA security checks in Atlanta, Detroit and Tokyo, with eventual expansion planned for the entire fleet.
Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, DELTA
Apr. 9 3:10 PM

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, along with subsequent requirements for OEMs, airlines and MROs to record service events. Learn about the background leading up to the project, and how the firm chose the correct approach. Find out how Rockwell Collins managed RFID integrator engagement, as well as hardware and data integration.
Speaker: Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Apr. 9 4:00 PM

RFID Saves Time By Automating the Littoral Combat Ship Support Container Inventory Process

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 a mission's success or failure. Learn how the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is automating is using RFID to conduct fast and accurate inventories of mission package equipment containers. 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
Apr. 10 9:00 AM

Automatic Identification Technology Improves the DOD Supply Chain

This presentation builds on Rear Admiral Baucom's keynote address, delving deeper into various AIT initiatives employed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The presenters will share the details of various RFID uses cases, including the use of passive RFID to track parachutes, and to monitor and inventory equipment moving onto and off of maritime prepositioning ships. In addition, learn how the DOD has migrated active RFID to the ISO 18000-7 standard.
Speakers: David Blackford, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command; Andrew Monday, Chief, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command

Takeaways

  • How existing implementations have demonstrated the value of automatic identification technology in the defense supply chain
  • Future uses for active RFID and other AIT media within the Defense Transportation System
Apr. 10 9:45 AM

Tracking Sound and Vibration Levels Via Active 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