AdvanTech has performed in a leadership role managing the DLA Apparel Item Level Passive RFID (pRFID) Technology Implementation Project. While the project ultimately provides DLA the ability to develop an advanced implementation protocol that can quickly and cost effectively deploy item level pRFID tagging technology to DOD manufacturers and other supply chain operations; the chief benefactors of this leadership, guidance and expertise are the participating DoD Manufacturers.
Implementation of Item Level Passive RFID (pRFID) Technology has been successfully demonstrated at eleven (11) military apparel manufacturers and finishers who have integrated pRFID Item Level tagging into their manufacturing and packaging processes. This technology has greatly benefitted the US Air Force Recruit Training Clothing Initial Issue Facility at Lackland AFB, TX. Utilization of this technology has helped Lackland reengineer their clothing issuing processes and reduce the time required to issue and record the items and sizes by 60%. Documented inventory variances have also been substantially reduced by use of this technology.
DLA will continue to expand the number of Manufacturers providing item level RFID tagged apparel items – in addition to current case and pallet pRFID requirements. Experience gained through the original eleven implementations indicates that the process improvements required to deploy the technology can result in additional efficiencies to the overall manufacturing operations. Manufacturers who have implemented this technology have been able to substantially improve their packaging accuracy which has resulted in a dramatic reduction or elimination of resolving problems prior to final Quality Inspections and Shipping.
Without exception, each manufacturer has expressed appreciation for AdvanTech's guidance during their implementation stating that the Cost Analysis provides an "apples-to-apples" comparison of vendor proposals and that the test kit significantly reduced the learning curve and facilitated the best possible "go-live" implementation.