Survitec Group, a manufacturer of high safety and survival equipment for the aviation and defense industries, has started shipping RFID-tagged life vests to Airbus to comply with the aircraft manufacturer’s RFID mandate. Survitec sent its first shipment of tagged life vests in late August.
The company has a capacity to manufacture up to 2,000 life vests per week at its facility in Belfast, Ireland. While only a portion of that product goes to Airbus, the company has decided to tag all of the life vests that it produces.
David Stelling, aviation sales manager at Survitec, says he expects Boeing to request RFID-tagged life vests in the near future. In the meantime, each life vest that Survitec ships to Boeing will already carry an RFID tag, making the company instantly compliant with any future RFID mandate delivered by Boeing.
Survitec is one of the first to deliver tagged life vests compliant with the latest 2013 version of ATA Spec 2000, including the new dual-record data format now required by aviation companies. The company is using Waltham, Mass.-based Tego, developer of high-memory RFID chips, tags and software for creating smart assets, as its RFID solution provider.
“Tego has substantial experience working in the aviation industry, including with some of Survitec’s major customers,” says Stelling. “This initiative will ensure our customers can accurately record maintenance dates and track asset management data. Operators will be able to rapidly check important information on installed life vests including part number and date of manufacture without the labor intense task of inspecting under each seat.”
Look for more information on how Survitec plans to deploy RFID at its own facilities in next week’s issue of RFID 24-7.