Introducing the Advantages of ATA SPEC 2000 RFID Over Barcodes and 2D Data Matrix
For manufacturers that supply parts to airline and aerospace companies, adhering to the ATA’s regulations for marking parts will allow you to maintain your lucrative contracts and save money. You’ll find those requirements outlined in ATA SPEC 2000 Chapter 9 — Automated Identification and Data Capture (or AIDC).
Creating a standard for tracking aircraft parts from “cradle to grave” is the purpose of these ATA requirements. All major airlines now follow these guidelines, marking parts with ATA-approved identification information that is easily retrieved with automated scanners or readers. ATA SPEC 2000 RFID tags are particularly advantageous over 2D Data Matrix tags and barcode labels. Here’s why:
- Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) tags act as mini-databases of information. The RFID technology uses radio waves, so the label does not need to be in a direct line-of-sight to be read. This is particularly useful when a part is enclosed within a compartment or behind a panel, or when the label cannot be accessed or is covered with debris.
- Another advantage of high-memory RFID tags is that they hold enough memory storage to include birth record information along with repair and maintenance records. These tags are the permanent identification for parts, and according to ATA SPEC 2000, they must withstand the rigors of harsh environmental conditions throughout the lifespan of the part.
- Most importantly, using ATA-approved RFID technology saves aerospace contractors money. It reduces the kinds of errors that occur when data is entered by hand, preventing re-labeling of parts. This standardized identification also prevents the risk of counterfeit parts.
Commercial airline manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon: Airbus reports that they will be using some 3,000 RFID tags per plane on their A350 XWB fleet, and Boeing will be employing RFID systems for their 737s and 777s. Additional commercial airline manufacturers plan to follow suit.
At ID Integration, we offer everything manufacturers need to print and encode ATA RFID-compliant tags, RFID readers and scanners to read the tags, and the software to integrate the entire system. We also integrate smart manufacturing solutions that give your company a cost-effective edge over tracking your assets and improving supply chain control.
As president of ID Integration, my personal goal is to create customized solutions that enable manufacturers and suppliers to meet ATA SPEC 2000 requirements in order to fulfill their contracts and save money. My experts can help you get started or assess your current processes. We’re here to improve your efficiency and reduce your costs. Contact me at (425) 438–2533 for your no-obligation assessment, or visit the ID Integration website to learn more about our systems integration capabilities and solutions right now.