Parker Hannifin Joins Growing List of Manufacturers Implementing RFID to Enhance Traceability and Improve Operational Efficiency
WALTHAM, MA, March 14, 2011 –Following on a November 2010 announcement of the availability of its Air Transport Association (ATA) Spec 2000-compliant RFID Asset Tracking Solution, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), today announced Parker Hannifin as the latest customer to adopt the ATA Spec 2000 solution as a starting point for its adoption of RFID.
Parker Hannifin is an $11-billion manufacturer, supplying motion and control technologies and systems to leading commercial aerospace OEMs and defense contractors. The company is tagging and tracking component parts to be installed in Airbus A350 XWB aircraft at the point of manufacture in accordance with ATA Spec2000. OATSystems provided Parker Hannifin with the complete solution (hardware, software, training and support) to generate a unique birth record for each part, and to capture the part manufacturing details and ongoing history on a high-memory RFID tag, which will be attached to the part through its useful life.
“We selected OATSystems because of the breadth and depth of its experience in providing solutions for a number of leading aerospace and defense manufacturers,” said Everett DeGraaf, technology team leader, Parker Hannifin. “OAT stands out for its experience in component tracking, work-in-process and part marking in A&D, along with the integration expertise needed to enrich enterprise systems with real-time data. We’re very confident in the OAT solution’s ability to meet our needs both for ATA 2000 and in streamlining our internal operations.”
“We are proud to welcome Parker Hannifin to our growing list of customers that have turned to us for our ATA Spec 2000-compliant solution as the starting point in their RFID adoption” said Prasad Putta, general manager, OATSystems. “This is a time of rapid change in the aerospace industry, leading to dramatic improvements in operating efficiency, cost reduction and safety. We look forward to working closely with Parker Hannifin and our other A&D customers to help them deploy RFID solutions to gain visibility into their assets, enhance traceability and streamline operations.”
OATSystems, Inc. is the recognized radio-frequency identification (RFID) solution leader with software that empowers businesses to achieve competitive advantage and ROI from RFID enabled applications. As a pioneer in developing RFID technology, OATSystems has been setting the standards in RFID for over half a decade and is responsible for industry firsts that include the largest scale and largest scope of deployments, as well as the most innovative approaches to providing enterprise-wide RFID solutions. OATSystems’ multinational client base consists of over 100 customers in retail, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace and defense. A division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc., OATSystems is located in Waltham, MA, and has a development office in Bangalore, India and various direct sales offices and resellers around the globe. To learn more, visit www.oatsystems.com and www.checkpointsystems.com.
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions. Checkpoint enables retailers and their suppliers to reduce shrink, improve shelf availability and leverage real-time data to achieve operational excellence. Checkpoint solutions are built upon 40 years of RF technology expertise, diverse shrink management offerings, a broad portfolio of apparel labeling solutions, market-leading RFID applications, innovative high-theft solutions and its Web-based Check-Net data management platform. As a result, Checkpoint customers enjoy increased sales and profits by improving supply-chain efficiencies, by facilitating on-demand label printing and by providing a secure open-merchandising environment enhancing the consumer’s shopping experience. Listed on the NYSE (NYSE: CKP), Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 5,600 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.checkpointsystems.com.
George Cohen (for OATSystems)