OATSystems, a division of RFID vendor Checkpoint Systems, has announced—at this week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla.—that Airbus has approved its ATA Spec 2000 RFID solution for tracking and tracing A350 XWB aircraft components across their full lifecycle.
OAT and its partner, CSC, are jointly taking the part-marking package to market, are and offering it to A350 XWB suppliers to help them meet Airbus' RFID part-marking requirements for that type of aircraft.
Multiple tier-one global suppliers have already licensed the solution for tagging and tracking major components and subassemblies, according to OAT.
Airbus has recently given its official approval to the package, which includes products and services, and the partnership is aimed at providing parts suppliers with an easy-to-use option for fulfilling Airbus' component-tagging mandate.
The packaged solution covers such use cases as creating birth records and updating repair maintenance histories; includes RFID software, readers, training and support; and offers multiple deployment options for Airbus A350 XWB suppliers, based on component type, production volume and enterprise systems.
Mobile packages include handheld readers (such as those from Motorola Solutions), with additional options for fixed portals or smart tables.
Airbus already employs OAT's software suite as part of its Value Chain Visibility (VCV) program, designed to create visibility, via automatic-identification technologies, such as RFID, across the full Airbus value chain—from suppliers to Airbus, covering the full spectrum of industrial processes between its global manufacturing sites and on to its airline customers and in-service partners.
As part of that effort, all of Airbus' new A350 XWB wide-body aircraft are being built with most flyable parts tagged with high-memory EPC Gen 2 RFID tags for maintenance-tracking purposes (see A Flurry of High-Memory Tags Take Flight). Each A350 is expected to have 3,000 tagged parts, the company reports, 2,000 of which will be fitted with high-memory tags.
The planes are expected to be put into service in 2013.