Have you heard of anyone using the technology to track repairable items from the point of removal to external repairers, then back to the original owner, in order to both track inventory and allow a warranty history or repair history to be gained?
I am unaware of any projects like this. Way back in 2005, we published an article about the U.S. Navy using RFID to track retrograde parts being shipped back from overseas for repairs (see Navy Tests RFID for Reverse Logistics). That’s about the only close example I can think of. One goal of tagging airplane parts, of course, is to be able to track them from the plane from which they are removed to repair shops, and then to a new plane on which they are placed. However, the tagging effort is just beginning and I have not heard of a company that is yet using RFID in this way.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has been tagging parts packaging from its suppliers (see KLM Maintenance Cuts Parts’ Packaging Costs With RFID) in order to monitor the movements of parts throughout its facilities. However, I do not believe it is tracking parts histories with RFID at this stage.
Perhaps our readers might be able to help. They are invited to post information below about any projects of which they are aware that might be similar to what you describe.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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