Fujitsu Launches Automated Identification Technology Solution for Aircraft Parts Suppliers Worldwide

It is now expanding the RFID solution to aircraft parts suppliers by affixing AIT tags during production to record and store part information and maintenance logs.


In addition to storing information about an individual part in the AIT tag itself, this solution can collect that information in the cloud.

Since AIT tags can store an individual part’s information, parts can be accurately managed even if they travel between multiple owners, or when no network is present.

Furthermore, it is also possible to collect this information in the cloud, enabling the information stored in AIT tags to be integrated and analyzed with information the customer has on parts warehousing and deliveries. This contributes to optimal inventory deployment and a more efficient global supply chain.

Solution Components

1. AIT tags

Fujitsu offers an extensive lineup of AIT tags as appropriate to the application. Customizations are also available if desired.

Tag type (user memory)

Features

High-memory RFID Tag

(64 KB/8 KB)

  • Highest memory capacity (64 KB), metal-compliant
  • Compliant with international UHF bands (EPCglobal (*4) Class 1 Generation 2 (*5))
  • Excellent environmental ruggedness (compliant with SAE standard AS5678)

Low-memory RFID Tag

(2 Kbit/512 bit)

  • Label-type tag (can be written/printed in label printer)
  • Security tag (shows removal attempts)
  • Seat cover tag (machine re, be tion to aviation-washable)
  • Non-flammable tag (compliant with SAE standard AS5678)

 

2. AIT reader/writer

Supports internationally used RFID frequencies. The RFID reader/writer comes standard with Fujitsu’s AIT middleware.

3. AIT middleware

  • Provides an execution environment compatible with international standards (EPCglobal, ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5), and can operate as a universal industry platform.
  • Guaranteed compatible with every type of AIT tag and multiple types of AIT readers/writers.
  • Includes functions for communicating with servers, and easily ties in with existing systems.

4. Applications/system support

Fujitsu can develop applications to suit each customer’s business, including total support for operations, maintenance, and deployment.

For More Information

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/solutions/ait/

Glossary and Notes

1. Automated Identification Technology (AIT)

Technology based on barcodes or RFID for automatic identification of individual items. Also refers to tools using AIT.

2. ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5

A standards document promulgated by the Airlines for America that defines information exchange and processing sequences for information regarding aircraft part materials and reliability. Chapter 9 defines requirements for barcodes, 2D codes, and RFID tags affixed to parts.

3. SAE AS5678

A standard promulgated in December 2006 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) relating to environmental specifications and testing protocols for passive RFID tags to be used in airplanes. Classifies RFID tags into three categories based on whether their intended environment of use is interior, exterior, or power plant, setting specifications for each.

4. EPCglobal

A non-profit organization promoting international standards for RFID tags. Established in November 2003 and jointly funded by GS1, the international distribution-code standards body (formerly the EAN Association) and GS1 US, the American standards body (formerly Uniform Code Council).

5. Class 1 Generation 2

A standard promulgated by EPCglobal for communications between UHF-band RFID tags and readers/writers. The second generation boosts performance beyond EPC Class 1.

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