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A number of industry trends today, taken together, are making the use of RFID very attractive for A&D manufacturers and driving adoption of this technology. Tese trends are coalescing around five major themes: 1. Multifacility assembly: Manufacturing one capital good across multiple fa- cilities, where each facility represents a distinct step in the assembly process.
2. Design to delivery: Shortening the cycle time from the time a product is designed to when it is manufactured and delivered.
OAT Tool Tracking and ATA 2000 solutions—along with Auto-ID-enabled MRO systems—track tools, equipment and maintenance schedules.
3. Product innovation: Development of new products, programs and core com- petencies to increase market share.
4. Customer-facing operations: Tracking specific customer work orders vs. overall work-in-process, in response to customers that require more trans- parency into project schedules.
Chris Forgione Senior Director of Asset Tracking OATSystems Waltham, MA