As a military contractor, Leonardo DRS is a leading supplier of products, systems and services to the U.S. federal government. It provides advanced solutions, from ground to sea to air, including avionics and aviation support, communications and networks, computing and information technology, defense systems, intelligence and security, power and propulsion, surveillance and reconnaissance, and sustainment, logistics and advanced services.
In order to gain complete end-to-end inventory traceability and secure strict compliance with government regulations, this Leonardo Company division needed to overhaul its outdated inventory management processes. This also included using technology to reduce overhead costs associated with inventory handling and labor.
Leonardo DRS’s historic use of manual data entry and paper-based processes made it difficult to achieve the complete inventory visibility it needed. In the event of a product recall or audit, the defense contractor needed to demonstrate complete part and product traceability to guarantee contractual compliance. This would also help the company win bigger contracts in the future.
So, this Leonardo Corporation company began searching for a Deltek-certified solution to automate its manual processes that would tightly integrate with its Deltek Costpoint ERP with zero footprint and minimal disruption.
After a careful search, Leonardo DRS selected RFgen’s Mobile Foundations for Deltek Costpoint, a suite of dozens of pre-validated, pre-written, out-of-the-box mobile apps that facilitate real-time, two-way exchange between Costpoint and devices such as barcode scanners, handheld devices and RFID.
As a Deltek Premier partner, RFgen offers pre-validated integration with Costpoint to extend the ERP’s existing functionality and create a real-time mobile inventory environment, with zero footprint on the ERP.
The solution also comes pre-equipped with the RFgen Mobile Development Studio, a low-code mobile app development platform that utilizes drag-and-drop components and pre-built logic. This lets in-house teams build tailor-made apps with little to no prior coding knowledge. In addition, users can work with RFgen’s team of expert Deltek consultants to accelerate mobile app building.
Beginning with its Florida operations, Leonardo DRS now uses RFgen to complete manufacturing work order issues and inventory counts with reporting accuracy of up to 99.5%. User acceptance has been extremely high, with users describing the solution as best in class for extending Deltek functionality.
With RFgen, Leonardo DRS has gained the automated, real-time traceability of materials, parts and products needed to maintain compliance with government regulations such as DFARS and FAA FAR. Managers can quickly and easily verify the origin of components in order to avoid potential counterfeits and quickly respond to government audits and recalls.
Because of its success, Leonardo DRS has implemented the solution in its Kentucky, Ohio and Connecticut operations as well. In the future, it plans to extend RFgen to its Fort Walton and Melbourne facilities, increase functionality with more mobile apps and upgrade hardware to state-of-the-art Android devices.