Inventory accuracy is important no matter what business you're in, but when your inventory is used to support military personnel and has to be deployed halfway around the world on short notice, the reliability of your inventory data can be the difference between life and death.
Luke AFB in Glendale, AZ is home to the Air Force's 56th Fighter Wing. The 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke recently replaced a barcode tracking system in its 25,000-square-foot storage warehouse with an RFID solution to better manage equipment inventory for staff on the base and personnel deployed abroad. The warehouse stocks two types of inventory. Supply inventory is used to support on-base staff and includes everything from pens and pencils to body armor, all-terrain vehicles, and gun holsters.
Mobility inventory, on the other hand, is used to build 463L aircraft pallets that can hold up to 10,000 pounds of equipment and must be ready to ship within 24 hours. These "readiness pallets" are designed to support teams deployed in foreign battle zones and contain everything necessary to survive for five days without base support -weapons, ammunition, food, water, generators, fuel, radios, etc.
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