RFID Saves Time By Automating the Littoral Combat Ship Support Container Inventory Process

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Speed in responding to threats is vital to a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which must be able to quickly replenish an existing mission package or swap out for a new one. The presence of a critical maintenance item for a required piece of equipment within a container can mean the difference between a mission’s success or failure. Learn how the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is automating is using RFID to conduct fast and accurate inventories of mission package equipment containers. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Mine Countermeasures Systems for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Advanced Flight Mission Package Program, the Mission Package Automated Inventory Information System (MPAIIS) uses government-developed software and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and passive RFID tags to form a comprehensive inventory system. MPAIIS offers warfighters an incredible advantage, and provides inventory control, configuration management and asset tracking, with high accuracy and fast response times. By utilizing MPAIIS, a warfighter can be assured that he or she will always have the proper tool in the correct place at the right time.

Ryan Mabry, Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)