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Many parts must be shipped in special packaging typically consisting of durable boxes or cases lined with cushioning material. Tracking the packaging would enable KLM not only to monitor the parts within, but also to track packaging that was becoming lost, taking up necessary space in facilities and requiring too much time for workers to find when needed so that a part could be shipped to a customer.
To address the problem, KLM worked with Nefab, a Sweden-based multinational packaging company, to develop a Web-based solution known as Aviation Packaging Information System for managing the inbound and outbound flow of packaging between Nefab and KLM E&M. The solution uses fixed RFID readers in buildings and in trucks, as well as Nordic ID Morphic mobile ultrahigh-frequency RFID handhelds for use in areas where no fixed reader has been installed, or as a backup if the fixed reader system goes down temporarily.
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