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Where Can I Learn About the Current Status of Aerospace Applications of RFID?
How is the technology being used by airlines or maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities? Are there any documents that discuss the state of adoption, broken down by airplane manufacturers, airlines, maintenance groups and so forth?
I don't know of any documents that offer such a breakdown, though in June 2011, RFID Journal published an update about radio frequency identification's use in the air-transportation sector (see Air Transport Industry Weighs Benefits of RFID). It's possible that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has also produced a report about RFID adoption.
In general, I would say that RFID's use in that industry is still in its infancy. However, Airbus and the broader European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) group are doing a lot with the technology (see How EADS Group Manages RFID Change, Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3).
Airlines are just beginning to take advantage of RFID. For example, Delta Airlines is employing the technology to track oxygen canisters (see RFID Reduces Oxygen-Generator Waste for Delta Air Lines). Boeing, meanwhile, has launched an MRO service that utilizes RFID (see Boeing to Launch RFID Program for Airlines in February).
TAP Portugal and its TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) division have incorporated RFID technology into their daily engine-maintenance operations, developed in partnership with Megasis (a TAP group company), as well as Airbus, Accenture and OATSystems. This, according to the companies, is the first time that an MRO has integrated RFID technology into its production process in order to track aircraft engine components undergoing maintenance (see TAP Saves More Than $3.3 Million on MRO With RFID).
Here are some other articles and videos that you might find of interest:
Lufthansa Expands RFID Use
Rolls-Royce Tests RFID's Potential to Drive Its Supply Chain
Best Practices for Tool Control: Reducing FOD Risk and Improving the MRO Process and Supply Chain
Airbus Expands RFID Part Marking Across All of Its Aircraft Families
Lufthansa Technik Uses RFID to Expedite Aircraft Repair
MRO Is Major RFID Opportunity for Aerospace and Defense
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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