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Airbus, Suppliers Employ Automatic Validation System for RFID-Tagged Parts

The aircraft company developed its Airbus Tag Control software internally to automate the arduous process of confirming the operability and proper data storage on every RFID label or bar code attached to flyable parts.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 19, 2017

Airbus has developed a tag-management software platform that the aerospace company and its suppliers can use to ensure that every ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag applied to parts built into aircraft are in working order and meet Airbus' specifications. Its goal is to provide automatic validation of nameplates and other part-marking solutions applied on all aircraft parts.

Two of the company's suppliers have begun using the software to commission the tags they apply to parts made for Airbus aircraft. ATC is also widely used by Airbus internally.

The system, known as the Airbus Tag Control (ATC) mobile test application, will help Airbus to ensure that all parts are properly tagged. Additionally, the company reports, it will enable it to save labor hours that employees would otherwise spend manually scanning and checking the data on each tag for flyable parts.

Thus far, says Maxime Saraiva, Airbus's IoT project manager, the software has reduced the amount of time required to test a part's tag from about two hours for the manual process to approximately three minutes with an RFID reader running the software.

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