Tracking Gunpowder Safely and Accurately

By Doug

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ATK New River Energetics, operating at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, manufactures gun powder for sportsmen and federal and state law enforcement. The company also loads, assembles and packs medium-caliber ammunition to support military weapons systems. ATK wanted to improve accuracy, reduce labor costs and automate workflows in the production of gunpowder within a challenging and explosive environment. Find out how the use of passive UHF RFID technology to track containers of explosive materials, through mixing, warehousing and logistics, has increased productivity, while maintaining safety and improving pedigree. Learn how the firm worked through the challenges of building an infrastructure for data collection; labeling and tagging explosive products; tracking goods through creation, transfer and storage into 1940s-built bunkers; and consumption into finished product.