Using the latest ATA Spec2000 and GS1 standards, RFID
The server module allows for the definition of all aircraft configurations within the airline's fleet and the management of all components on each aircraft. Fully configurable data output reports can be scheduled or provided upon demand highlighting components that are due to expire within a given period of time.
This functionality ensures that data relating to life-limited components maintained within RFID
The introduction of RFID to aviation provides immense labour savings for all parties involved. Aircraft manufacturers, OEMs, airlines and MROs can all now benefit from the advantages of RFID. Aircraft scans are now complete in minutes and ensure accurate data and timely information regarding upcoming requirements.
Each component to be tracked is tagged with an RFID tag that uniquely identifies the component as per the GS1 / EPC Tag Data Standard. The information on the tag, in conjunction with data downloaded from the server, allows the handheld application to identify when components are due to expire and when component changes are required. A simple user interface allows users to complete component changes and upload the updated information back to the server.
The handheld solutions can be implemented on Motorola, Intermec and Nordic-ID handheld computers, running on Windows Mobile and Windows CE. The handheld application allows for wireless or cradled connectivity to the server for the upload and download of data. The use of 1D barcode, 2D barcode and RFID tag scanning is supported to allow for the recording of data accurately and in the minimum amount of time.
Data is stored centrally making it available to Planning, Operations & Purchasing. As information is now available across the airline, aircraft checks can be scheduled based upon known material requirements.
Component requirements can be shared directly with suppliers allowing for a better deployment of resources within the airline and greater supplier participation in the management of life-limited components. Stock levels can be reduced and purchase orders can be raised on a planned basis when components are required.