Defense/Aerospace

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

May 4 11:00 AM

Boeing Uses RFID to Improve Visibility into Production Process

Boeing is using a software solution to bring real-time data into its factories, dramatically reducing the amount of time it takes to gather information when assembling aircraft and other products. The system brings together data captured by various RFID systems, on which factory employees rely to ensure smooth production and overall accountability during the assembly process. Learn how Boeing is experiencing dramatic results, including estimated monetary and resource-hour savings.
Speaker: Chris Dulaney, Project Manager, Information Technology - St. Louis Data Collection Systems, Boeing
May 4 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Sessions

Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
May 4 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 4 3:00 PM

OrbitalATK Uses RFID to Manufacture Composite Aerostructures

OrbitalATK’s Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) is dedicated to high-rate composite structures manufacturing for the Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 787 Dreamliner programs. Learn how the use of RFID in the ACCE is enabling a "visual factory" where each step of the composite manufacturing process can be monitored automatically, from raw material receipt through component production through eventual shipment to the end customer. Learn why RFID serves as a critical enabler for ramping up production for the company’s OEM contracts.
Speaker: Jim Morgan (Retired), Program Manager, OrbitalATK
May 4 3:50 PM

Best New Product, Group 1

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 1 are: EM Microelectronic, for is EM4423 Dual Frequency RFID Chip, which combines passive HF and passive UHF technologies; Graphene Security, for its Graphene Security Light system, which includes passive UHF tags with printed antennas made of graphene ink, and reader antennas that can printed on paper to fit any geometry and can be embedded into commercial LED light panels; MetraLabs, for TORY, its fully automated mobile inventory robot, which can navigate a store and take inventory more reliably than store associates.
Speakers: Thanasis Georgiou, Ph.D, Vice President, Graphene Security Ltd.; Hugues Blangy, RFID Business Unit Leader, EM Microelectronic; Christian Reuther, Senior Software Architect, MetraLabs GmbH
May 4 4:40 PM

FAA Perspective and Regulatory Update on Aircraft RFID Applications

The benefits of radio frequency identification in the aerospace and defense sector are well known. The ultimate objective for all players in these sectors is continued air safety. In this session, hear current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy regarding the use of RFID systems, including methods for an acceptable way to use RFID tags installed on aircraft. Learn the regulations on the design and use of portable RFID tags on planes. Gain an understanding of certification of installed RFIDs and operational allowance of RFID technology.
Speaker: Brian Verna, Aerospace Engineer, FAA
May 5 9:00 AM

DARPA SHIELD Improves Traceability and Deters Counterfeiting

The security and integrity of the U.S. Department of Defense’s electronic systems are challenged by the presence of counterfeit integrated circuits. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has created the Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) program to enhance supply chain traceability and discourage counterfeiting. Northrop Grumman is leading a team to develop tiny RFID chips to enable traceability. Learn how the program has a significant ROI, as well as profound security implications.
Speaker: Scott Suko, Consulting Engineer, Northrop Grumman
May 5 9:45 AM

U.S. Air Force Improves Aircraft Maintenance With AIT

The Air Force Sustainment Center is using RFID and automatic identification technology (AIT) to reduce man-hours for aircraft locations, and to locate and track parts removed for maintenance. The Air Force Global Enterprise Tracking (AFGET) system decreases sustainment costs for five Air Force bases by providing metrics and locations of parts and ground support equipment in real time. The solution also dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes to gather information when re-assembling aircraft, and to track the kits that support the aircraft maintenance process. Learn how the program has improved record-keeping accuracy, as well as provided real-time metrics for senior leadership, resulting in reduced overall costs for the military.
Speaker: Matthew Joseph, Serco Inc., AIT Program Tech Lead, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force
May 5 10:30 AM

DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters

This panel will focus on the importance of the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia partnerships for effective use of automatic identification technology (AIT) to enhance many of the DOD's business processes. The panelists will discuss the AIT efforts of their company or agency, their role in supporting the DOD's AIT program and potential future AIT technologies of interest to the DOD.
Moderator: David Blackford, AIT/ITV Distribution Integrator, U.S. Transportation Command
Panelists:
  • Major Ramon Salas, Requirements Officer, U.S. Army
  • Kenneth Morgan, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, IT Integration Branch Chief, U.S. Air Force
  • Mark Wyrosdick, Contractor Support, Coalition Management System, U.S. Transportation Command
  • Dan Chuhay, Director, Government and International, ORBCOMM
  • Hal Casey, Director,Ordnance, AIT and Joint Systems, U.S. Navy