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RFID Enables Container Tracking at Aerospace Firm

U.K.-based aerospace manufacturing and logistical services firm Daher Aerospace is managing its fleet of reusable containers via a radio frequency identification solution provided by Waer Systems Ltd.

The system consists of passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags affixed to containers, as well as fixed readers at key portals through which containers pass, and cloud-based software to manage the collected read data.

Daher Aerospace's Supply Chain Reusable (SCR) program consists of 22,000 containers (16,000 of which are in transit at any given time) that aerospace parts makers use to transport engine components to assembly lines. The empty containers are then returned to Daher for maintenance and cleaning before that cycle is repeated.

To accommodate the various types of engine components, the company offers the containers in a variety of sizes and materials, such as metal, plastic or wood. Engine-component suppliers require a specific set of containers (known as a kit) to fulfill a particular customer's order, and if those containers are unavailable, the manufacturer's operations may be put on hold.

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The system consists of passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags affixed to containers, as well as fixed readers at key portals through which containers pass, and cloud-based software to manage the collected read data.

Daher Aerospace's Supply Chain Reusable (SCR) program consists of 22,000 containers (16,000 of which are in transit at any given time) that aerospace parts makers use to transport engine components to assembly lines. The empty containers are then returned to Daher for maintenance and cleaning before that cycle is repeated.

To accommodate the various types of engine components, the company offers the containers in a variety of sizes and materials, such as metal, plastic or wood. Engine-component suppliers require a specific set of containers (known as a kit) to fulfill a particular customer's order, and if those containers are unavailable, the manufacturer's operations may be put on hold.

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