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Bell Helicopter's On-Time Delivery Rate Climbs Higher

The aircraft manufacturer is managing the movement of parts from a central warehouse to each production location, using an RFID solution from OATSystems.
By Claire Swedberg
According to Druyvesteyn, one benefit to using the system—in addition to near 100 percent on-time delivery to distribution centers—is that lost parts and associated stock adjustments are down by 27.6 percent.

"I'm utterly ecstatic about results RFID has provided to us," Druyvesteyn said, adding that the warehouse now receives far fewer phone calls asking about an order's status. "Centers would normally call us and say, 'We didn't get the parts'. Now, we can tell them the time the parts arrived, and the door number they passed through."

What's more, Druyvesteyn said, "the technology can be used in other parts of the business. In essence, the CDC has become the RFID enabler for the entire business. The production centers that receive the parts now have the ability to track them further than just the dock door—they can track them between operations."

Bell Helicopter's deployment was a finalist for Best Implementation at this year's RFID Journal Awards (see Finalists Unveiled for Sixth Annual RFID Journal Awards).

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