The Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Panama City Division has developed an automated inventory system that uses Radio Frequency Identification technology to tag and track mission package support containers during maintenance, embarkation and debarkation activities.
The Mission Package Automated Inventory Information System inventories each container within 7.5 minutes on average, the Navy said Aug. 13.
“[We] installed MPAIIS in an [Littoral Combat Ship] Support Container, tagged more than 290 items and overall reduced inventory time from more than 32 man-hours to less than five minutes,” said Ryan Mabry, NSWC PCD’s lead software engineer for MPAIIS.
The division intends to reduce the workload of LCS and shore-based logistics crew.
MPAIIS has already achieved an Interim Authority to Test accreditation and is due to receive Authority to Operate accreditation in October, according to the Navy.
The system package includes passive RFID tags, handheld readers, a laptop and associated software.