CSC and OAT Systems to Offer Airbus Approved ATA Spec 2000 RFID Solution to A350 XWB Suppliers
News Release -- April 14, 2011
Digitally Enables Tracking and Tracing of Aircraft Components Across Their Full Lifecycle
FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 14 — CSC (NYSE: CSC), today announced it will be working with Airbus and OAT Systems (a division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc.) to support the recently announced ATA Spec 2000 RFID solution as part of a supplier package for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. CSC will provide system integration and business process consulting to support the implementation of the ATA Spec 2000 solution. The supplier package will be used for tracking and tracing A350 XWB aircraft components across their full lifecycle.
“We are excited to work with Airbus and OAT on this project and believe that our leadership in supporting the leading companies in the Aerospace and Defense industries, coupled with our experience growing innovative solutions into large-scale deployments, provides the industry with a proven solution approach to offer real business value and demonstrated ROI,” commented Claude Czechowski, president, South-West Europe, CSC.
The Airbus A350 XWB Supplier Package for RFID Part Marking
In 2008, Airbus became the first aircraft manufacturer to request its suppliers to add permanent RFID tags to approximately 3,000 parts on each its new A350 XWB aircraft. These RFID tags are designed to remain with the parts throughout their entire lifecycle in order to digitally store the full maintenance history and enhance process automation and visibility for all players across the lifecycle.
CSC and OAT are jointly taking the supplier package to market and offering it to A350 XWB suppliers to help them meet Airbus’ RFID Part marking requirements for the A350 XWB aircraft. Multiple Tier 1 global suppliers have already licensed the solution for tagging and tracking major component parts and subassemblies.
The packaged solutions cover use cases such as birth record creation and repair maintenance history updates and include RFID software, readers, training and support, and offer multiple deployment options for Airbus A350 XWB suppliers based on component type, production volume and enterprise systems. Mobile packages include handheld readers (such as Motorola) with additional options for fixed portals or smart tables.
Duncan McCollum, principal at CSC, added: “A key benefit A350 XWB suppliers are receiving in this solution offering is the opportunity to leverage the combined experience of the multiple year partnership between Airbus VCV, OAT and CSC. This partnership works because we all share the common goal of delivering technology solutions which support business transformation.”
Airbus is employing OAT’s software suite as part of its award winning Value Chain Visibility (VCV) programme. The Airbus VCV programme is an Auto-ID inspired business transformation programme that is developing state-of-the-art streamlined business processes across the value chain through increased visibility and measurability. Its scope is the full Airbus value chain; from suppliers to Airbus covering the full spectrum of industrial processes between its global manufacturing sites and onto its airlines customers and in-service partners.
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include system design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. The company has been recognized as a leader in the industry, including being named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for Information Technology Services (2011). Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 93,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended December 31, 2010. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.csc.com.