STTR Phase I: Chemical Management System using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637753
Agency Tracking Number: 0637753
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
102 Compass Point Drive, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Saint Charles, MO, 63301
DUNS: 026340963
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Kut
 (636) 945-4500
Business Contact
 Jerry Kut
Title: PhD
Phone: (636) 945-4500
Research Institution
 Univ of MO Rolla
 Jagannathan S Sarangapani
 1870 Miners Circle
Rolla, CO, 65409 1491
 (573) 341-6775
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will explore the feasibility of applying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies for the inventory management of time and temperature sensitive materials, which are PreMixed and Frozen (PMF) sealants that are extensively used today in the aerospace industry. This project fundamentally aims to develop and implement distributed power control schemes for RFID antennas/readers in order to overcome the read rate problem, which is a major obstacle in front of RFID implementation in industry today. This research project provides a solution to a major aerospace industry problem; the loss of millions of dollars annually due to expired PMF sealants. Utilizing RFID technologies in tandem with current practices will provide near real-time PMF sealant inventory and expiration date data and thus lead to effective and efficient management of PMF sealants. In turn this will result in a dramatic decrease in customer cost and unwanted waste while increasing the service level for production. Current prime aerospace company customers have shown great interest in this proposed research and it is estimated that these customers as well as other prime aerospace companies and suppliers would invest $25-30 million to acquire, implement, and utilize this technology.

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