Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging of aircraft parts has long held promise to save costs by improving inventory management, supply-chain efficiency and maintenance operations. Promises and predictions, however, have often failed to materialize. But RFID may finally be getting real. Several carriers, including American Airlines, are using automatic identification technology to tag parts. Boeing leads a venture offering RFID retrofits on parts from any OEM. Lufthansa Technik ...

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