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BlueBean Provides GE Aviation with Cost-Saving RFID Kit-Tracking System


GE Aviation is saving time and money thanks to an innovative RFID tracking system designed and implemented by BlueBean, the RFID Solutions Company.

“GE Aviation came to us with this situation where they were using bar codes to track their shipments from their plant in Erlanger, KY to their plant in Durham, NC,” says Gregg Maggioli, BlueBean CEO. “What was happening was that the report sent with each shipment was not always correct because these lists reflected what was supposed to be shipped but not necessarily what was actually shipped.”

Maggioli goes on to explain that because of this, employees in Durham had to spend a good deal of time manually tracking each shipment and logging in the contents.

“We knew that RFID would be the perfect solution for their situation,” says Maggioli. “The BlueBean RFID Portals along with Alien RFID readers and antennas combined to make the solution they needed.”

Now workers in the Erlanger plant place RFID tags on each kit in the shipment. Then, when the shipment arrives in Durham those kits are passed through BlueBean’s RFID portals where a complete and accurate list of the entire shipment is produced.

As the kits are automatically received via the RFID system, the system provides real-time visibility to improve their just-in-time deliveries. This reduces the amount of work-in-process inventory required.

The benefits of this RFID kit-tracking system extend beyond the dock door as well. The kits are also tracked internally at the Durham assembly facility from the docks through the assembly areas.

“GE Aviation executives are thrilled with the time-saving and cost-saving benefits of this RFID solution,” adds Maggioli. “We’ve gotten great reports on read rates and ease of use with this new RFID system they’ve employed.”

About BlueBean

BlueBean ( is a privately held RFID consulting and systems integration company that focuses exclusively on RFID solutions, RFID compliance mandates, and simplifying the implementation of RFID technology. BlueBean guarantees clients a solution that successfully meets their business needs based on real world knowledge, extensive expertise, and certifications from the top RFID manufacturers including Alien, Impinj, Intermec, Symbol, Omron, Printronix and Zebra.

BlueBean provides a custom roadmap of the steps required to achieve your goals and offers services and resources to implement the solution. RFID services include design, hardware and software selection, installation, implementation, integration with existing systems, maintenance and support. BlueBean strives to make the client’s RFID deployment as simple and easy as possible.


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