This technology allows for greater asset visibility for the warfighter. RFID allows the warfighter the certainty of tracking orders from manufacture, suppliers, distribution centers, commercial military carriers, supply/theatre depots to the customer on the battlefield. This will avoid loss inventory and repeated purchasing of the same item. The key to effective supply chain management is a smooth collaboration through every node.
Types of tags:
- Active RFID - for freight containers and air pallets (responsibility of large corporations)
Passive RFID - Cases on pallets (all items) passive tagging is what suppliers must focus on.
- Class 0 and Class 1 tags must adhere to EPC global standards. Businesses are required to apply tags to DOD shipments in supply contracts.
- UID Tags - Item Packaging
For further information visit: http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/sci/ait.html
RFID Implementation Plan: Commodities
|Commencing January 1, 2005||Commencing January 1, 2006|
|Class I Subclass - Packaged Operational Rations & Packaged Food||Class I - Subsistence & Gratuitous Health & Comfort Items|
|Class II Clothing, Individual Equipment, Tools, * Administrative Supplies||Class III - Packaged Petroleum, Lubricants, Oils, Preservatives, Chemicals & Additives|
|Class VI - Personal demand Items||Class IV - Construction & Barrier Equipment|
|Class V - Ammunition of all types|
|Class VII - Major End Items|
|Class VIII - Medical Materials (includes Pharmaceuticals)|