Today, RFID is one of the most commonly used wireless communication technologies. It not only can be applied in a particular industry but also in wide-ranging area. Specifically, the uses of RFID range that RFID tags and the tracking of components in aviation sector.
In April 2017, MRO survey shown that 68% of fetchers inquired about new technologies that their campanies adopted. They had a plan to introduce radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking. Satair is a spares service and solution provider. He wants to begin to apply RFID tags. The RFID tags identify automatically and track attached objects by using electromagnetic fields. In 2017, the RFID tags will be packed into components during the process of receiving goods in pilot storages.
In 2012, Boeing first started a partnership with Fujitsu to launch a system to tag components with RFID tags so that airlines, maintenance workers and inspectors could read and write data about each part’s history as it is used, inspected or repaired. At the same time, Boeing has been using the same technology to improve its aircraft manufacturing productivity by tracking flyable parts during the final stages in this year. For example, the assembly and inspection of plane and shipping to a client. The company decreases the costs of tracking components by the in-house solution supplying component lifecycle management during assembly. When the components are received and as they move around the facility prior to assembly, Boeing also has a plan to expant the technology including tracking parts.
Boeing or its suppliers attach the RFID labels to about 7,000 aircraft components. Then these components are fixed into a plane. The company tracks the status of the components and their equipments into each plane by using Aircraft Readiness Log (ARL) software. According to combine RFID data from the Fujitsu software, Boeing can make sure that the components’ traceability by using this system.
The company got Fujitsu’s solution for tagging, encoding and reading RFID tags on components. As time goes by, more RFID tags already applied attach on additional components are expected to arrive at Boeing’s assembly site.