Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a form of Automatic Identification (Auto-ID) that uses a small wireless device that can be attached to objects or parts. It provides an accurate, automatic and a fast way to record and collect information about the object’s or part’s business activities. They are used for example for automatic payments for road charges at toll, animal tracking and for office access control.
The A350 XWB aircraft will embed RFID capabilities from day one on 3000 of its parts; Airbus became the first aircraft manufacturer to request its suppliers to add permanent RFID tags to parts (approximately 3.000 parts on each A350 XWB). These RFID tags are designed to remain with the parts throughout their entire lifecycle, in order to enable process automation and enhance the process visibility for airlines, suppliers and MRO organizations.