Sessions

RFID in Aerospace and Defense 2018
December 12, 2018

8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

9:00 AM
A Strategic Approach To RFID
Companies in the defense sector are being asked to tag shipments to the department of defense and some aerospace manufacturers. RFID can deliver internal benefits, but companies need to develop a coherent strategy for deploying RFID across the enterprise in a way that will deliver benefits in many areas of their operations. In this session, you will hear best practices for developing an RFID strategy that delivers near- and long-term benefits.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

9:45 AM
Improving Manufacturing and Inventory Capability With RFID
An international defense, aerospace and security company, has deployed three RFID-enabled projects in its Electronic Warfare Integrated Manufacturing Center (EW-IMC): automated point-of-use (POU) material inventory replenishment, automated asset and tool tracking, and automated work-in-process (WIP) tracking. The projects increased production capacity and capability in its supply chain and its factories, thereby ensuring the success of current and future production programs for its customers. Learn how the firm improved the utilization of existing capacity across its sites, boosting manufacturing capability and product flow, while creating a process to accelerate production transitions. In addition, hear how the use of RFID technology may be expanded to other factories and sites in the future.

10:30 AM - Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 AM
RFID in Commercial Aviation: Flyable Parts, Cabin Compliance, Baggage, and Asset Management
RFID continues to gain traction throughout the aviation industry and adoption in commercial aviation is increasing. Learn how RFID is being adopted in aviation, how these programs interact with one another, and important convergences and differences between commercial aviation and many of the existing RFID programs in retail and manufacturing. Gain an understanding of how the technology can increase efficiency and improve air travel for the future.

11:45 AM
MRO Company Uses RFID to Increase Efficiency and Productivity
A maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company services more than 200 aircraft in heavy maintenance every year. Most of its mechanics possess their own tools and toolboxes, and at the end of each shift, mechanics are required to carry out inventory checks to ensure no tools were left unattended on any aircraft. The firm is using RFID technology to reduce inventory checking times per mechanic, from 20 minutes to less than three minutes, thereby saving more than 17 minutes per mechanic, per day. Learn how the system contributes to staff productivity, while ensuring that no personal tools are left behind on the aircraft, thereby helping to eliminate the possibility of foreign object damage (FOD), and to manage the maintenance of the tools themselves.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

2:00 PM
Airline Improves Maintenance Efficiencies With RFID
Many large companies struggle to manage maintenance of their fleets, manufacturing machines and other complex assets. An international carrier which operates more than 5,000 flights daily across an extensive domestic and international network, began using RFID in its maintenance operations, tagging onboard aircraft equipment that must be managed for both presence and expiration date. Gain an understanding of how the RFID program at the firm has matured and learn how they have deployed RFID technology to more efficiently manage over 300,000 items on its fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

2:45 PM
Aerospace Company Deploys RFID In-House for Assembly Management
A global aerospace company has deployed a radio frequency identification system for internal manufacturing purposes at four facilities since 2016, using recently released RFID labels. The deployment of the RFID-integrated label is consistent with the aircraft company's use of passive UHF RFID technology for its own purposes, as well as those of airlines. Before the RFID system's deployment, the management of parts during assembly was a matter of performing visual checks and manually entering data in order to confirm where specific parts were located and in which assembly they were used. Learn how the use of RFID has enabled the firm to save labor time and prevent the incidence of errors.

3:30 PM – Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00 PM
Leveraging AIT and RFID to Increase Asset Visibility
This session, taking place before the Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters, will provide an overview of how AIT and RFID technologies can be leveraged across the entire spectrum of military operations. Gain an understanding of how the U.S. Department of Defense is using the technologies across all business processes at the same time, including in-process, in-use, in-hand, in-transit and in-warehouse/inventory. Following this presentation, the panel of experts will discuss the topic in greater detail.
Speaker: Hal Casey,DON and DOD Systems U.S. Navy.

4:45 PM
Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters
This U.S. Department of Defense panel will focus on the importance of 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 across the Department, their role in supporting the DOD's AIT program, and scalability and interoperability challenges faced for enterprise solutions.

5:30 PM – Closing Remarks

5:35 PM - Conference Concludes

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