Endwave Defense Systems, a manufacturer of amplifiers, transceivers and other RF communications modules for the aerospace and defense industries, is employing RFID technology to gain visibility on its production floor, and to monitor the status of work-in-progress at its 20,000-square-foot facility in Diamond Springs, Calif.
By tracking each bin of components from the time a module is ordered through the final inspection of that product before its shipment, Endwave can know where a specific order is located, how long it has spent in any particular place and who has worked on it. The company can also receive alerts if an unauthorized employee works on a product, if a product is sent back to a previous work station (or "cell") to be reworked, or if it is delayed at a certain point during production.
Source: RFID Journal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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