OAT Systems’ ATA Spec 2000 Solution Offered as Part of Airbus-Approved A350 XWB Supplier Package for RFID Part Marking

CSC, OAT Jointly Distributing to A350 XWB Suppliers; Digitally Track and Trace Aircraft Components Across Their Full Lifecycle

ORLANDO, FL, April 12, 2011 – OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), today announced here at RFID Journal Live that it will be offering its recent ATA Spec 2000 RFID solution as part of an RFID part marking package for suppliers of the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.  The supplier package will be used for tracking and tracing A350 XWB aircraft components across their full lifecycle.

Airbus is employing OAT’s software suite as part of its award-winning Value Chain Visibility (VCV) programme. The Airbus VCV programme is an Auto-ID inspired business transformation programme that is developing state-of-the-art streamlined business processes across the value chain through increased visibility and measurability. Its scope is the full Airbus value chain: from suppliers to Airbus, covering the full spectrum of industrial processes between its global manufacturing sites and onto its airlines customers and in-service partners.

The A350 XWB Supplier Package for RFID Part Marking
In 2008, Airbus became the first aircraft manufacturer to request its suppliers to add permanent RFID tags to approximately 3000 parts on each its new A350 XWB aircraft. These RFID tags are designed to remain with the parts throughout their entire lifecycle in order to digitally store the full maintenance history and enhance process automation and visibility for all players across the lifecycle.

CSC and OAT are jointly taking the supplier package to market and offering it to A350 XWB suppliers to help them meet Airbus’ RFID part marking requirements for the A350 XWB aircraft. Multiple Tier 1 global suppliers have already licensed the solution for tagging and tracking major component parts and subassemblies.
“We are excited to partner with Airbus and CSC and believe that what we have learned over the past years building manufacturing and logistics solutions from the ground up will be of tremendous value to the aerospace community,” said Prasad Putta, general manager, OATSystems, and executive vice president, Merchandise Visibility Solutions, Checkpoint Systems.

The packaged solutions cover use cases such as birth record creation and repair maintenance history updates and include RFID software, readers, training and support, and offer multiple deployment options for Airbus A350 XWB suppliers based on component type, production volume and enterprise systems. Mobile packages include handheld readers (such as Motorola) with additional options for fixed portals or smart tables.

About OATSystems
OATSystems, Inc. is a 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)
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