They know where the parts are, reducing extra purchased inventory for maintaining bin parts.
"It helps us from having to borrow a part from another airline. "This allows us to keep our pipeline more clean." While tracking inventory is similar to how retail uses RFID, the tags are slightly different.
Behind the scenes, though, Delta’s foray into RFID began with its logistics operations, and has yet to lose steam.
In 2012, Delta added tags to emergency equipment "in the tube" of each plane.
Every morning, the airline is required to canvas the plane prior to its first departure, ensuring that life jackets are present and seal intact, and oxygen masks haven't expired.
"What used to take a human being hours for end-to-end checks is now done in what we like to say is the same amount of time you can hold your breath: 60 to 90 seconds," for a 777 check, Ken Lorow, lead program manager in technical operations for Delta Air Lines told Supply Chain Dive.
After that successful experiment, Delta expanded RFID to other logistics issues, tagging and tracking key rotable parts, high value parts that could be repaired and returned to the aircraft.
Delta tracks more than 35,000 assets on the shelves in these 24/7 markets, encoding 687,000 tags since that project began.
They’re starting to tag inbound warehouse items, to increase efficiency.
Anything in the warehouse currently without a tag gets one on the outbound side.