Alaska Airlines and Boeing have partnered together to develop, test and validate RFID and contact memory button technology to increase efficiency of airline fleets.
The program, labeled Component Management Optimization, will track parts for both inventory and on-plane verification. Part information such as serial number, manufacturing date and maintenance history will be recorded and contained within the tags and buttons.
In an exclusive partnership with Fujitsu, Boeing will provide automated identification technology devices, device readers, software applications and system integration service. Alaska Airlines will use its fleet and Seattle-based maintenance organization to develop and test the technology.
The program is scheduled to launch later this year and will be available for both Boeing and non-Boeing fleets.