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RFID Management System for Aircraft Maintenance Tools Introduced by ANA - Development Support by NEC

RFID Management System for Aircraft Maintenance Tools Introduced by ANA - Development Support by NEC

Mechanics' tool to be managed by RFID.

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On February 3, All Nippon Airways (ANA), in collaboration with NEC (both headquartered in Minato Ward, Tokyo), introduced the Levet System for managing aircraft maintenance tools using UHF RFID technology and began using it at Haneda and Narita Airports.

RFID is an automatic recognition technology that discriminates between different targets within a maximum five-meter range by using UHF waves and IC chips embedded in tags or cards that are put on people or objects. By using an RFID gate to read the tags on sixteen types of tools such as radios, flashlights, manuals, vehicle keys and nameplates totaling 2,400 in number used by maintenance crews, the system automatically records who takes and returns what items and when.

NEC selected the appropriate tag sizes for the maintenance tools of various shape and size, and fabricated the gate system that automatically recognizes them when they pass through in order to maximize the benefits of UHF RFID. Engineering specialists familiar with RFID set up support systems and provided their assistance all the way through from the procedural inspection process to application construction, operational verification and actual use.

According to ANA, approximately 440 flights arrive at and depart from Haneda and Narita Airports every day. By introducing the Levet System for maintenance work at both airports, the airline says that a work environment will be created where maintenance tools will be accurately and efficiently managed. This is directly related to safe and timely operations, and crews can concentrate on servicing aircraft. Consideration is being given to expanding the system to other airports in the future.

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