Aerospace and RFID: A Perfect Match

RFID technology improves MRO, supply chain, and asset operations throughout the aerospace industry.

The aerospace industry embraced RFID technology early, and it’s easy to see why – manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have a large number of high-value parts and components that are subject to complex tracking and regulatory requirements. A durable automatic identification technology that provides read/write capabilities without the need for connecting to a central database seems like a custom-fit solution.

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The benefits are so pronounced, in fact, that Boeing and Airbus have actively collaborated to promote adoption through their shared supplier base and their airline customers. Working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Air Transport Association (ATA), the two companies helped establish standards (ATA Spec 2000) for the use of RFID – which ushered in an era of increased adoption.

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At the recent RFID Journal RFID in Aerospace and Defense Conference, the breadth of RFID adoption was on full display as companies demonstrated how the technology could improve work-in-process (WIP) tracking and supply chain operations, while reducing costs.

Northrop Grumman explained how the RFID-based DARPA’s SHIELD program prevents electronics counterfeiting in the supply chain. Boeing highlighted its own RFID assembly management program. NASA discussed the use of RFID in managing the assembly of the James Webb Space Telescope. Delta Air Lines uses RFID for maintenance tracking.

At Xerafy, our durable, high-performance, Spec 2000-compliant and ATEX-certified (for hazardous environment) RFID tags have also been used throughout the aerospace industry for inspection, asset management, tool tracking, and MRO operations.

To learn more about Xerafy’s aerospace solutions, read our “RFID for Aviation” series here.

Join the conversation – While the aerospace giants working hard to drive RFID adoption in 2018, what are the major challenges hindering their efforts?

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