Airbus is introducing a new innovation, “RFID Integrated Nameplates”, to further expand its RFID (radio-frequency identification) deployment and enhance the traceability of aircraft parts that it produces and uses internally.
This market-driven development combines the function of a conventional nameplate and a RFID tag into one compact, durable and lightweight hybrid device. These tags will contribute to value-chain visibility, error-proof identification and efficiency savings in the lifecycle and configuration management of traceable components.
To help support this initiative, Airbus has widened its range of RFID tag suppliers by selecting Brady and Fujitsu to supply the RFID Integrated Nameplates. This latest move to apply RFID tags for internal traceable parts follows the introduction of RFID tags on maintainable parts on its A350 XWB aircraft in 2010 and subsequently seats and life vests across its fleet in 2012.
Radio-frequency identification tags (which contain electronically stored information) can be attached to objects so they can be automatically identified and tracked by utilizing electromagnetic fields to transfer data. This can provide significant improvements to the accuracy, control and efficiency of operational processes.