Aman Aviation plans to drive the adoption of RFID-based tool control best practices in the Indian civil aviation sector, in partnership with Dolphin RFID and Xerafy.
An increasing number of aviation companies are implementing RFID for MRO Tool Control, as a way of improving safety by automating Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection and supporting Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) processes.
Aman Aviation's automated Tool Control system uses RFID to save time compared to paper-based record keeping and manual tool searches. RFID will also improve record accuracy and make tool status information available in real-time which will reduce the time airplanes spend on the ground, augment the number of trips they make, make air travel in India more cost-effective and profitable, and maintain high levels of safety.
MRO is one of the most extreme environments for RFID tags because it demands reliable performance for as long as the tagged tool, part or other asset is in service. RFID can provide the essential link between the physical items and the information needed to keep them running safely and efficiently.
Xerafy was selected for its strong experience in RFID tool tracking applications for aviation
and for its high-performance RFID tags uniquely suited to temperature extremes, oil, dirt, hydraulic fluid, cleaning solvents, and other challenging materials and conditions common to aerospace operations. Xerafy's XS tags, in particular, were selected by Dolphin RFID for the tool control application because of their small form factor and excellent read range as well as reading reliability when used on and near metal objects.
Rajendra Johri, CMD, Aman Aviation and Aerospace Solutions said, “The new civil aviation policy has relieved the MROs from paying a royalty to airports they operate in. This will translate into a possible saving of about 20% of operating cost, which can be used to implement technologies such as RFID to enable cost-effective, safer, and on-schedule air travel for Indian customers. By leveraging RFID technology through this collaboration, we can help airlines to better manage assets, inventory, and customer’s baggage and also maintain the highest level of safety and security without using excess manpower. This will help make air travel affordable, enhance the connectivity of India’s tier-2 and tier-3 cities, and create more business hubs across India. The industry will witness exponential growth as ‘MRO Market Forecast’ puts global MRO spending in 2020 at $83.2 billion and rising to $100.4 billion in 2025.”