Affiliations: Department of Enterprise Engineering, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Rome, Italy | International Cooperation and Offset manager, Sales and Business Development, MBDA Italia Spa, Rome, Italy
Note:  Corresponding author: Massimiliano M. Schiraldi, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Enterprise Engineering, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Via del Politecnico 1, Rome 00133, Italy. Tel.: +39 06 7259 7179; Fax: +39 06 7259 7164; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: This paper presents the results of the economical evaluation of the possibility of RFID technology adoption in an European company involved in the manufacturing of the fuselage of a new long-range, mid-size, wide-body jet airliner made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The peculiar constraints to the management of some of the raw materials – Time And Temperature Sensitive (TATS) materials – has pushed the Company to consider RFID tags introduction despite the fact that the material supplier did not provide any support. Thus, the most important impulse to the introduction of the RFID system in the Company has been given by the problems encountered in the management of TATS materials. However, further analyses are presented on the opportunity for the Company of extending RFID application to non-TATS materials. In this sense, several scenarios are presented, evaluating investment in hardware and tags costs with respect to advantages in terms of time savings in material handling processes or costs saving in terms of inventory misalignment reductions. In most scenarios, RFID introduction resulted to be profitable.
Keywords: Time and Temperature Sensitive (TATS) materials, pre-impregnated composite fibres polymers, RFID applications, material management, jet airliner manufacturing