Airbus has plans to roll out RFID tags for seats and life vests on all-in-production aircraft models in 2013, according Flightglobal.
The manufacturer has installed RFID tags in a wide range of components and subassemblies – including avionics, communication, electrical and cabin interior equipment – on the in-development type.
Now, with the introduction of tagging seats and life vests, the parts themselves will store details such as maintenance history and part-life expiry dates that can be automatically checked by handheld reader devices
The RFID system should speed up maintenance processes, simplify inventory management and avoid potentially erroneous data entry associated with the manual checking of items, says Airbus.
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