Accession Number : AD0722240

Title :   Commodity Oriented Digital Input Label System (CODILS). Present and Future Capabilities.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ADVANCED MATERIEL CONCEPTS AGENCY ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Crooks,Edgar D.

Report Date : APR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : The Commodity Oriented Digital Input Label System (CODILS) concept proposed in this report uses an automated labeling system for controlling and identifying unitized supplies in transit from any CONUS source to an overseas consignee and for controlling retrograde shipments. Further, the automated labeling system can be used as part of a larger management system to control, locate, divert and otherwise manage cargo and/or vehicles in transit and within depots or terminals. The report discusses how, for the present at least, non-optical techniques appear to offer a better solution to the problem than optical techniques. The system electronically interrogates a label attached to a unitized or palletized load and enters the label number, together with certain shipment status information, into a computer. Subsequent update information is passed to the computer by electronic interrogators located at the various transportation nodes throughout the logistics pipeline without any requirement for hard copy documentation, including receipt and shipping tallies. System and hardware concepts for the 1990's are projected. Cost estimates for the implementation and operation of the CODILS concept have not yet been made. Finally, the report discusses spin-off applications in other areas. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INVENTORY CONTROL, MILITARY SUPPLIES), (*LABELS, IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS), (*DATA PROCESSING, LABELS), DIGITAL SYSTEMS, MICROWAVE NETWORKS, MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, CARGO VEHICLES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, PLANNING

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE