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
BAE Systems Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Capability With RFID
BAE Systems, 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.

Speaker: Deirdre Schmidt, Operations Excellence Leader, BAE Systems

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
Transforming A&D Supply Chains with IoT Sensor Integration
During this presentation, you will learn how RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technologies can transform fragmented Aerospace & Defense (A&D) supply chain operations – significantly optimizing asset tracking, inventory management, warehouse and fulfillment operations, and workflow management. Attendees will hear a case study from Tapestry Solutions, which successfully connected 50 Boeing assembly plants with its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) technologies – saving the aerospace giant over $100 million in its first year alone. For A&D, ESI solves challenges due to advances in technology and threats, including massive data collection from disjointed systems, rapid changes in globally dispersed operations, and integration of platforms such as manned and unmanned systems.  Cloud-based ESI seamlessly integrates all types of sensor data on a common platform - regardless of hardware models – transforming Big Data into actionable information. Learn how ESI provides sensor-agnostic integration for both brands and sensor types, as well as   enterprise visibility and control of assets, and integration of analytics to facilitate relevant decision-making.
Speaker: Patrick Lubinski, Director, Business Development, Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Company 

12:00 PM
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
Delta Improves Maintenance Efficiencies With RFID
Many large companies struggle to manage maintenance of their fleets, manufacturing machines and other complex assets. Delta Air Lines, which operates more than 5,000 flights daily across an extensive domestic and international network, is no exception. Almost eight years ago, Delta 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 Delta 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.
Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, Delta

2:45 PM
DoD Integrates RFID for Property Accountability
Learn how the Defense Property Accountability System (DPAS) Program Office is employing RFID and related technologies to ensure that property accountability functionality is efficient and economical. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) utilizes the DPAS program to track general equipment, making it one of the most widely used systems in the DoD. DPAS provides customers with a common software platform, but those customers supply their own hardware. DPAS permits them to perform inventory counts, move assets, associate unique item identifiers with those assets, issue or return assets to and from users, and deploy real-time location systems.
Speaker: Joseph Stossel, DPAS Program Manager, U. S. Department of Defense

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.
Speaker: Hal Casey,DON and DOD Systems, U.S. Navy

5:30 PM – Closing Remarks

5:35 PM - Conference Concludes


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