Real-World RFID Solutions: Aerospace Parts

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Real-World RFID Solutions: Aerospace Parts

  1. 1. Solution Snapshot Real-World RFID Solutions: Aerospace Parts Despite the recent mandate announcements from Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson’s, Tesco, the Department of Defense (DoD) and others, RFID is not a new technology. It has been around for decades, however manufacturers and suppliers are now forced to use EPC technology to comply with mandates. Many companies are also starting to integrate RFID into their operations to gain value beyond compliance. In the aerospace parts industry, the DoD compliance mandate has affected the world’s largest independent provider of new aerospace parts and related aftermarket services. This company supplies manufacturers and government/military aviation operators by leveraging its 200,000 square foot facility, shipping product through DoD distribution centers and direct into the DoD theater of operations. The Challenge Since the government is a critical customer, it was imperative that this company TECHNOLOGY comply with the DoD’s RFID mandates. As part of the first wave of DoD suppliers to adopt RFID to meet compliance in January of 2005, the company s CatalystCommand™ iRFID software turned to Catalyst International because of its proven RFID experience and s Integrated CatalystCommnad track record of delivering scalable RFID solutions in short timeframes. WMS / iRFID operation s SAMSys UHF readers The Solution s SATO printer encoders s Alien RFID tags The company chose the CatalystCommand™ iRFID software for guaranteed s RFID shipping portals compliance with the DoD RFID mandate. Catalyst also provided RFID integration, project management, systems implementation, all RFID infra- structure components, training and go-live support. OPERATING ENVIRONMENT The Benefits s Outbound orders: picking, After completing its RFID implementation on time and under budget, this breakdown, carton tagging, con- aerospace parts provider is now compliant with DoD mandates. It also plans to tainerization, and container use the Catalyst RFID solution to integrate with multiple systems beyond shipments WMS to gain optimal benefits in its supply chain operations. s Shipping portals for validating container pallet shipments About Catalyst International s Outbound shipments tracking For more information on RFID or to speak with a Catalyst RFID solution s Full data synchronization from tag level through ERP for EPC consultant please contact us at 800-236-4600 or info@catalystinternational.com. reporting into DoD Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) application SS050909
  2. 2. Solution Snapshot Real-World RFID Solutions: Consumer Battery and Lighting Despite the recent mandate announcements from Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson’s, Tesco, the Department of Defense (DoD) and others, RFID is not a new technology. It has been around for decades, however manufacturers and suppliers are now forced to use EPC technology to comply with mandates. Many companies are also starting to integrate RFID into their operations to gain value beyond compliance. The retail compliance mandates have affected one of the world’s largest consumer battery and lighting device companies. This company has 150 SKUs that require tagging and carries RFID container and pallet volumes of over 150,000 units. The Challenge As a Wal-Mart Top 100 Supplier, this company was part of the initial group of TECHNOLOGY companies required to comply with the immanent RFID mandates. The company ships products containing a high level of metallic substances, which s Catalyst Command™ iRFID and created a unique challenge for RFID tag placement. It also had a high degree CatalystConnect™ software of packaging variability across the SKUs being RFID tagged. The company products turned to Catalyst International for a RFID solution because of its depth of s SAP ERP infrastructure RFID experience and ability to execute in short timeframes. s Integrated CatalystCommand WMS / iRFID operation s SAMSys UHF readers The Solution s SATO printer encoders The company chose CatalystCommand™ iRFID software to comply with the s UPM Rafsec 96-bit EPC tags Wal-Mart and other retail mandates. Catalyst also provided the s Label information direct printable CatalystConnect™ Integration Platform, RFID components, systems imple- on UPC Rafsec tag surface mentation, testing and go-live support. s RFID portals (shipping and conveyor types) The Benefits After completing its RFID implementation on time, this battery and lighting device company is now compliant with retailer mandates. It also plans to OPERATING ENVIRONMENT expand the Catalyst RFID solution to its other facilities in the future. s Outbound orders: picking, About Catalyst International breakdown, carton tagging, pallet building, pallet tagging For more information on RFID or to speak with a Catalyst RFID solution s Shipping portals for validating LTL consultant please contact us at 800-236-4600 or info@catalystinternational.com. pallet shipments s Full EPC data synchronization from tag level through SAP enterprise level SS050909
  3. 3. Solution Snapshot Real-World RFID Solutions: Home Consumer Products Despite the recent mandate announcements from Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson’s, Tesco, the Department of Defense (DoD) and others, RFID is not a new technology. It has been around for decades, however manufacturers and suppliers are now forced to use EPC technology to comply with mandates. Many companies are also starting to integrate RFID into their operations to gain value beyond compliance. The retail compliance mandates have affected a leading global consumer products company that designs, manufactures and markets a diverse portfolio of consumer products. This company, a Wal-Mart Top 100 Supplier and Target RFID program participant, distributes to international business and supply channels through three order fulfillment centers in North America. The Challenge The company needed to work with a RFID partner who could handle the TECHNOLOGY complexity of the implementation including material product make up, pallet configuration, reader portal placement and reader / tag placement. Since it s CatalystCommand™ iRFID and needed to meet the retailer mandates in a way that controlled cost, the company CatalystConnect™ software products turned to Catalyst International because of its proven RFID experience and s Systems integration with JD Edwards track record of delivering scalable RFID solutions in short timeframes. ERP via CatalystConnect software s Integrated CatalystCommand WMS / iRFID operation The Solution s SAMSys UHF readers After a successful RFID pilot at the initial facility, the company chose s SATO printer encoders CatalystCommand™ iRFID software for guaranteed compliance with the retailer s Alien RFID tags RFID mandates. Catalyst also provided RFID integration to the company’s host s RFID portals (shipping and systems, project management, systems implementation, all RFID infrastructure conveyor types) components, training and go-live support. The RFID technology was merged into the existing customer process, which allowed a more rapid deployment and limited change in the operational process. OPERATING ENVIRONMENT The Benefits s Outbound orders: picking, This company is now compliant with retailer mandates, and has automated breakdown, carton tagging, pallet processes with its trading partners, improved methods to track inventory flow, building, pallet tagging reduced vendor violations, reduced labor requirements in shipping and s Shipping portals for validating LTL receiving and increased the speed of physical inventories through more pallet shipments accurate cycle counting. The company has also reduced out of stocks through s Automated conveyor carton portal for validating single carton shipments real-time inventory visibility enabled by RFID. s Full EPC data synchronization from tag level through ERP platforms About Catalyst International For more information on RFID or to speak with a Catalyst RFID solution consultant please contact us at 800-236-4600 or info@catalystinternational.com. SS050909
  4. 4. Solution Snapshot Real-World RFID Solutions: Entertainment Media Despite the recent mandate announcements from Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson’s, Tesco, the Department of Defense (DoD) and others, RFID is not a new technology. It has been around for decades, however manufacturers and suppliers are now forced to use EPC technology to comply with mandates. Many companies are also starting to integrate RFID into their operations to gain value beyond compliance. In the entertainment industry, the retail compliance mandates have affected one of the most comprehensive recorded music entertainment companies in the world. The company who is one of the Wal-Mart Top 100 Suppliers and a Target RFID Program Supplier, operates as a third party fulfillment provider for its North American operating units by using its five fulfillment centers to distribute thousands of SKU’s of music, DVD, VHS, software and electronics. The Challenge The company, which is a high volume order fulfillment center, was faced with TECHNOLOGY compliance challenges in a hybrid conventional and highly automated material handling environment. With the Wal-Mart and Target compliance s CatalystCommand™ iRFID and deadlines quickly approaching, the company turned to Catalyst International CatalystConnect™ software to deliver a RFID-based order fulfillment solution. s ASN integration containing EPC data with host ERP solution The Solution s CatalsytCommand WMS integrated with iRFID operation The company chose CatalystCommand™ iRFID software packaged with s SAMSys UHF readers, SATO product testing, the CatalystConnect™ integration platform, systems implemen- printer encoders, Alien RFID tags tation, RFID integration and go-live support. The Catalyst solution integrated s RFID shipping and conveyor portals RFID processing into a complex order fulfillment environment that required s RFID process validation portals for the use of EPC data reads as part of the in-transit material flow validation. bar code scanner, RFID portal and integrated validation processing The Benefits s Automated print & apply technology As a result of their successful RFID-based order fulfillment solution, this company successfully met compliance mandates on time during a period of increasing order shipment volumes and service requirements. The company OPERATING ENVIRONMENT was able to ensure the accuracy of RFID tagged product through automated s Outbound orders: Parcel shipments bar code and RFID tag validation on a conveyor line. Integrating RFID into from automated order filling the automated shipment process helped ensure that the correct product was equipment, RFID validation shipping to the correct location within 24-hour delivery windows. integrated along automated conveyor system, routine picked About Catalyst International carton tagging, pallet building, pallet For more information on RFID or to speak with a Catalyst RFID solution creation and shipments validation consultant please contact us at 800-236-4600 or info@catalystinternational.com. s Automated conveyor carton portal for validating single carton shipments s Full EPC data synchronization from tag level to ERP platforms SS050909

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