NEW BOEING RFID SYSTEM CUTS MAINTENANCE TIMES

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP January 13, 2011 20:44

NEW BOEING RFID SYSTEM CUTS MAINTENANCE TIMES

Boeing has developed a system that uses RFID technology to cut the time it takes to check oxygen generators from 13 hours to just eight and a half minutes. Boeing is working with Fujitsu to offer the service to airlines.

“We did a workshop with Japan Airlines to identify ways in which we could use RFID to speed up the maintenance process – it was the first project of its kind,” says Phil Coop, programme manager at Boeing. “The RFID tags allow one person to scan the oxygen generators with an RFID handheld reader and read the tags with all of the information in just eight and a half minutes. The previous system, in which all the panels had to be opened, meant a 777 would have to remain stationary for six-and-a-half hours.”

The system also reduces inventory by up to 80% and expands the service life of the generators by 20%.

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