DLA’s Uniform – Radio Frequency Identification Apparel Tagging

DLA’s Uniform – Radio Frequency Identification Apparel Tagging


Oh bootcamp no matter which military service you’re going into it’s tough it’s also demanding for those who supply new recruits with their basic needs we process approximately 35,000 kids each year what we provide is everything from a be use that’s the initial uniform to the dress uniforms and we sell approximately four million dollars a month in uniforms about 48 million a year here at boot camp Great Lakes we handle all the recruits that are in Bound for the Navy we have about 43,000 recruits on an annual basis like most DoD facilities Lackland and Great Lakes procure their clothing items from the Defense Logistics Agency the Department of Defense’s worldwide combat logistics support provider and they both participate in DLA is customer driven uniform manufacturing program seed’um an R&D effort to re-engineer and streamline clothing issue processes but while Great Lakes tracks inventory using an earlier and largely manual system Lackland is a test site for an emerging technology that makes its uniform supply mission significantly more manageable RFID radio frequency identification we feel that the barcode scanning is not good enough so we look into the potential of RFID it is a vision eventually you trickle down to the source that is the manufacturers that provides all the item it reads everything that’s in that bag it will tell us if there’s too many in that bag if there’s not enough in that bag and also give me the sizes of items in that bag this item information is automatically transmitted to DLA troop support office in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to use for inventory replenishment and readiness planning because clothing textile is one of a major commodity that they are in manages and it really has high-visibility so seeing he really has a very tough requirement on them they have to have a hundred percent fill rate anything below a hundred percent they failed a mission the benefit to the warfighter is that it saves them time prior to RFID it was taken us three hours to process approximately 50 kids now we’re less than an hour so it gives them two hours back to training that they wouldn’t have we’re still under the whole process all right make a line behind chute number three building on this success DLA is preparing to expand the use of RFID technology to improve operations throughout the supply chain promising even more efficient supply operations in the future

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