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Asset Inspection Automation Solution for Aerospace Industry Using RFID Tags
The client is a leading aviation company of USA owning massive number of aircrafts scheduled for enormous flights. Preflight inspection in aircraft for obligatory assets such as life vests and oxygen canisters was a manual process keeping their ground crew personnel overblown for several hours before each flight takeoff followed tedious paper work and compliance record. Inability for utilizing utmost life cycle of assets was another concern.

Challenges

End to end automation for inspection of assets was the fundamental objective as manual inspection was actually a time intensive process with possibilities of human error.
An internet independent application with ability to perform real time communication with back end data center was required for a perfect solution.
Alone inspection was not enough it had to be documented as well a part of compliance and client believed that the sweating for such process had no worth affecting entire commercial aviation ecosystem. More than 95% of reduction in human efforts was the minimum requirement.

Solution

  • After considering the seriousness of pre-flight inspections and on board asset management, Azilen carried out a skillful analysis and developed a strategically designed iPad application.
  • There were two major considerations during assets inspection, one is the asset availability and other is asset validity in terms of expiry. Azilen made asset itself to act as an element of the information system with the help of RFID tags as RFID can store the information.
  • Two types of process got defined: Commissioning and Inventory Check.
  • Commissioning: Each asset needs to get tagged with RFID tags containing basic information about the asset including expiry date. All assets are scanned before placing them to aircraft, and hence back end data center will have all information about asset, asset life and asset placement. The application will fetch this data to handle inspection visible through iPad.
  • Every time when the aircraft inspection gets carried out, ground crew personnel can have a walk-through inspection carrying the mobile device having the application installed and an RFID handheld reader to scan the aircraft.
  • To make a start with scanning process, the user will switch on the RFID reader and start walking in the aisle. The reader will detect all the assets which are tagged with RFID tags.
  • During the walk-through inspection, ground crew personnel will be able to see the graphical view of aircraft seats identifying asset status with two different colors codes. Based on the color code of the seating location or non-seating location, the user will be able to quickly identify the status of tagged assets. i.e. if asset is scanned and valid – Green, if asset is scanned and invalid – Amber and asset not found at all – Red.
  • Once inspection is completed, the application will run report used for compliance document.
  • The application will sync all the reports after inspection to the backend data center. It will be in sync with back data center to assure flawless data communication. In case of internet issues, application can work offline and handle the inspection successfully. Once internet issue is resolved, it will automatically be synced with data center.

Business Benefits

  • More than 95% of reduction in human efforts and time.
  • Extending of asset life cycle and minimizing the wasted cost through eliminating possibilities of pre-expiry replacements that may take place due to human nature.
  • Increased accuracy of inspection along with tighter inventory controls.
  • 100% elimination of paper based record keeping.

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