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Raising the Bar: Asset Management Standards for the Aerospace Industry

A typical commercial airplane has approximately 4 million parts, with 2.5 million part numbers produced by 1,500 companies from 30 countries around the world — including 800 from the USA alone. Each of those parts requires historical lifecycle documentation, which, when maintained through traditional manual processes, is resource-consuming and prone to errors. The size and complexity of an airplane’s supply chain creates the need for an industry-wide standard, which mandates that airplane parts should have automated permanent identification capabilities and should have easily traceable maintenance histories.

Creating efficiency through Automated Identification and Data Capture

Tego, a leading provider of aerospace asset management solutions, co-authored Chapter 9-5 of the ATA Specification around Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), dedicated to using RFID to mark and identify products and maintain maintenance, repair and overhaul histories on the asset itself in an automated manner.

The AIDC standards lay out a fast and simple method for data entry, data storage, and tracking of airplane parts, as well as traceability of parts shipments. It allows for cradle-to-grave tracking of serialized parts, paving the way to automated processes in parts handling and allowing airlines to use RFID to permanently mark parts. Airlines use repairable component part numbers and serial numbers in many daily business activities including provisioning, processing warranty claims, tracking part flight hours and landings, tracking part installation and removal time, and monitoring regulatory agency compliance.

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Tego Core Benefits

AIDC technology ensures more accurate part maintenance information and allows for data to be stored directly on a physical asset, making histories, warranty information, manuals, and other relevant information readily available. AIDC supports an efficient system of tracking key aircraft components during their entire life cycle. The benefits include:

  • Improved data accuracy
  • Reduced cycle time to correct service-related problems
  • Enhanced ability to identify and remove rogue parts
  • Helps reduce the risk of counterfeit parts Improved tracking
  • The ability to maintain repair history, including upgrades
  • Reduced inventory and warranty claim-processing costs


Tego leads the way in digital transformation of smart asset management and MRO operations for aerospace

Let your aircraft parts fly smart

Tego is an architect and co-author of the aerospace Spec 2000, Chapter 9-5, Version 2013-1. Tego has 30 granted patents and serves dozens of global customers, including Honeywell, Parker Aerospace and B/E Aerospace. Connect with us to discover the power of smart, flyable parts.