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Meggitt Polymers & Composites Uses RFID To Track Aircraft Components, Materials
- Sep 18, 2016 -

Meggitt Polymers & Composites Uses RFID to Track Aircraft Components, Materials

Meggitt Polymers & Composites (MPC)'s manufacturing plant in San Diego is taking the next step in a radio frequency identification and Internet of Things implementation that employs sensor and RFID data to gain visibility into the company's work-in-progress (WIP) and the condition of the carbon-fiber composite materials it uses during manufacturing. The factory has spent more than a year using RFID to track the movements of one of the products it manufactures to the point of shipping. It now intends to expand its RFID deployment to monitor the out-time and aging of temperature-sensitive raw materials prior to their being heated and pressed during the component manufacturing process. The company initially used the technology to track the production of one type of aircraft component (known internally as a "value stream"), but it has now expanded to three, with more in the works, bringing the ultimate number closer to six.

The solution—involving ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology, as well as wired and Wi-Fi-based wireless temperature and humidity sensors—is provided by IoT platform company GlobeRanger.

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