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Tego Inc and RF Contols Partner to Accelerate Smart Factory Industry 4.0 Solution Adoption for Aerospace and Defense

WALTHAM MA SEPTEMBER 03, 2022 – Industrial solution provider, Tego Inc is pleased to announce a partnership with RF Controls to deliver Tego’s smart factory solution to aerospace and defense companies and other discrete manufacturers.

“Tego has successfully installed CS Smart Antennas in a production site, with up to 45 ft ceilings, and results stand for themselves that RF Controls products enable a unique and scalable battery-free RTLS option for our customers” said Timothy Butler, founder and CEO of Tego Inc. “RF Controls hardware seamlessly plugged in to Tego’s end-to-end platform solution. The result is a best in class connected solution for use in rugged production and supply chain environments. This enhances Tego’s platform solution, which delivers enterprise-wide visibility, automated process traceability, and integrated reporting with other software programs like MES and SAP. By teaming together, we facilitate faster solution adoption and implementation among customers.”

Tego Inc’s platform solution targets the estimated $40 Billion smart factory market segment consisting of aerospace and defense manufacturers. The solution delivers automation and digitalization of production floor inventory, goods movement, and includes manufacturing data process flows and real-time tracking capability. Installed on-premise or in the cloud, companies benefit from the solution’s integrated data analytics which integrates horizontally and vertically for maximum operational benefit and real-time business insights.

Under the agreement, Tego Inc will showcase RF Controls real-time location hardware. The initial collaboration will focus on real-time tracking of parts, components, and materials used by discrete manufacturers throughout their production facilities and as they transform into finished goods. RF Controls co-founder and CIO, Todd Spence, indicated that “Tego’s solution delivers the most comprehensive business process management solution in a no code, automated platform for customer’s ease of scalability. Tego’s end-to-end solution empowers customers with real-time business insights and automated reporting for improved throughput, better profit margins and dynamic resource management planning.”

 

About Tego Inc

Tego delivers a platform solution for industrial asset tracking, supply chain traceability, and process management. The company’s award-winning platform provides edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT deployments.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA.

 

About RF Controls

RF Controls is headquartered in St Louis and its products are made in America. The company is enabling a link between the physical and the digital world through its overhead Passive RFID RTLS solution. Its award winning CS Smart Antenna, Best New Product RFID Journal 2019, is part of the foundation for a connected future where logistics, manufacturing and retail are transformed into continuous, hands-free, location captured data of every item and asset. For some customers it is the first time they can truly see what they have been trying to manage all along.

www.rf-controls.com

Contact: info@rf-controls.com

Address: 1400 S 3rd St, Suite 220, St. Louis, MO 63104-4430

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LaVerne Cerfolio

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Smart Connected Solutions Improve Business Margin and Increase Market Share

Aerospace manufacturers and MRO centers, automotive and heavy industry providers are readily adopting smart connected solutions to help realize the efficiency and productivity that Industry 4.0 technologies deliver. Typical Lean Manufacturing solutions aim to raise machine utilization, shorten lead times, reduce waste and lower inventories. Smart connected solutions foster automation and real-time track and trace capabilities that integrate production floor activities with their supporting supply chains for more accurate decision making. Market competition and diminishing margins force manufacturers to adopt these new solutions to maintain profitability.

 

 


Tego Inc and TSC Printronix Auto ID Partner to Offer Complete Edge to Cloud Solution

The Partnership Serves Digital Transformation Initiatives in the Aviation, Automotive, Rail, and Healthcare Industries

 

WALTHAM MA SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 – Tego Inc announces partnership with TSC Printronix Auto ID, a global leader in the AIDC barcode printer industry. With this partnership, Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is validated and proven for use across Printronix Auto ID RFID enabled printers. Together, the companies will serve manufacturers across several key industrial market sectors, including aerospace, automotive, life science, energy and healthcare.

Tego is the leading provider for commercial aerospace supply chain visibility solutions and co-author of the ATA Spec 2000 Ch.9-5 standard. As an automated identification aerospace authority, Tego’s validation of Printronix Auto ID RFID enabled printers means they are capable to encode and print UHF high-memory integrated labels to meet compliance with the ATA’s aerospace initiatives. Printronix Auto ID announces immediate availability of printers for sale to aerospace manufacturers, airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organizations.

The Printronix Auto ID T800, T4000, and T6000e series provide a full portfolio of desktop and industrial four-inch and six-inch RFID enabled printers supporting both standard and on-metal RFID labels and tags. Designed for different print volumes, form-factors, and environmental conditions, all models support automatic RFID label calibration and the high-memory encoding functionalities to work with Tego’s software.

This partnership also offers industrial customers in automotive, rail and healthcare a complete end-to-end software solution via Tego’s award winning platform for asset tracking, supply chain visibility, and real-time location and traceability edge analytics. Tego’s platform solution integrates with enterprise software applications (e.g., SAP) and is configurable and scaleable supporting all major mobile and desktop operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X. Lastly, since Tego has the only UHF RFID chip technology that is both gamma and e-beam sterilization proof, this partnership brings an end-to-end offering for both med tech and clean-room pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

“Tego, together with Printronix Auto ID, provides a complete digital solution to track and trace industrial assets in both manufacturing and logistics supply chain” said Timothy Butler, CEO of Tego, Inc.

“In forging this strategic alliance we’ve enhanced our entire RFID printer portfolio to encode Tego’s high-memory RFID tags. This not only enables us to support Tego with their ATA 2000 commercial aerospace projects, but also gives us access to other markets that demand high-memory tags, such as automotive and healthcare,” said Sam Wang, President and CEO of TSC Printronix Auto ID.

 

About Tego Inc

Tego provides a complete asset tracking, supply chain and lifecycle management solution, providing edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT solutions.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. SAP, IOS, Android, ATA Spec 2000 are trademarks of their respective owners. Follow Tego on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

About TSC Printronix Auto ID

TSC Printronix Auto ID is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative thermal printing solutions. The company is comprised of two-industry-leading brands, TSC and Printronix Auto ID with over 65 years of combined industry experience, strong local sales engineering support, continuous investment in new product development and is capable of quickly adapting solutions to meet the needs of small business customers to Fortune 500 companies. TSC and Printronix Auto ID are proud members of the TSC Auto ID Technology Company family. To learn more, visit TSC Auto ID at www.tscprinters.com and Printronix Auto ID at www.printronixautoid.com

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Collins Aerospace selects Tego as its Global Edge Asset Management Solution for Avionics Business

Tego’s AIP solution provides edge to enterprise data visibility, security and control in aerospace manufacturing and maintenance applications

Waltham, Mass. – October 27, 2019Tego, Inc., announces that its Asset Intelligence PlatformTM (AIPTM) for asset management and supply chain visibility has been licensed and deployed by Collins Aerospace at their manufacturing sites worldwide. Tego’s unique AIP solution is implemented within the Collins Aerospace network with integration to their SAP system to enable RFID tagging of flyable parts in the manufacturing of commercial and military aviation products. In addition to ensuring compliance with the ATA Spec 2000 standard for automated identification and data capture – used widely in the aviation industry – the solution digitizes critical asset information for their next-generation platform. The platform provides a new level of digital data visibility, security and decision making throughout the enterprise.

The AIP solution is deployed by Collins Aerospace together with TegoViewTM, the industry’s leading software for RF scanners to manage flyable parts tagging. In this way, Collins Aerospace is able to continue using all of their legacy RF hardware while preparing to take advantage of the fully scalable AIP solution, which will allow newer models of RF hardware, such as those running with IOS & Android mobile devices. The AIP solution deployed by Collins Aerospace has multiple layers of security in the software at both the RF device and enterprise network levels, ensuring visibility as well as compliance of critical data where and when it is needed.

“Collins Aerospace has taken a visionary yet very pragmatic approach by selecting Tego’s solution to maintain continuity of operations with their existing systems while knowing it allows for future scaling and technology enhancements to be incorporated”, said Timothy Butler, Founder and CEO, Tego, Inc.

Deployment of Tego’s solution at Collins Aerospace is among the largest industrial implementations of the Asset Intelligence Platform, proving the system is readily integrated into backend systems like SAP and scalable to even the largest global enterprises.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Tego Inc
Tego provides a complete asset tracking, supply chain and lifecycle management solution, providing edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is a configurable, scalable, edge enterprise solution with industry specific templates for rapid deployment. Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT solutions.

As the leading aerospace solution provider, Tego’s global customers include Honeywell, Parker Aerospace, and Collins Aerospace. The company co-wrote the industry standard about asset lifecycle management in the commercial aerospace industry and is bringing their platform solution capabilities to other industries where data on the edge and the ability to withstand rugged sterilization conditions are critical success factors.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. SAP, IOS, Android, ATA Spec 2000 are trademarks of their respective owners. Follow Tego on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

Media Contact:
LaVerne Cerfolio


TegoAir

TegoAir Solutions:

Solution Brief and Use Cases

Time-intensive processes can drag down the entire commercial aviation ecosystem from manufacturers to airline crews to MRO personnel. When you introduce intelligent asset tracking, you can speed up inspections, streamline inventory management, and provide asset visibility where and when you need it.

Learn what happens when your assets can talk to you:

  • Tego gives flight and ground crew personnel a walk-through aircraft inspection and digital alert regarding the status of safety equipment and other cabin interior parts.
  • For MRO organizations, Tego provides a locally stored, digital, lifecycle history on the part itself for every aircraft presenting for maintenance.
  • For Airframe Manufacturers, Tego provides a solution for reliable, full digital inspection and verification during final assembly and delivery to customers

Tego CEO Tim Butler Featured in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO

“A smart-asset approach is about putting extensive digital product information and life-cycle history onto components themselves. Meaningful data simply becomes part of the things’ DNA, ripe to divulge wisdom everywhere they go across their entire life cycle.”

Tego’s CEO Tim Butler was a featured columnist in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO, discussing the mindset shift to the ‘things’ versus the ‘internet’ in ‘IoT,’ which simply must occur in order to bring about true digital transformation in aviation and MRO.

Tim likens the new mentality to the moment when companies realized that moving away from mainframe computing architecture to desktop PCs would liberate the the business to accomplish more than was ever thought possible.

That is a stunning consideration, when you really stop to think about it.

From the article:

Granting intelligence to an asset at its physical layer is a novel approach, a departure from typical IoT thinking that centers upon the “I” part of the IoT. It is our belief the focus has skewed too heavily toward connecting everything with a sensor all the time, to send streaming information to a database or cloud repository or enterprise system. When this happens, the value proposition for the IoT tends to get lost amid concerns of conducting a large-scale, expensive system rollout. It can engender a “where do we start” mentality among fragmented operational teams already struggling to define time lines, returns-on-investment and ownership schemes for digital adoption. This predicament already is holding many airlines back from putting digital technologies into place, despite the vast potential they hold for value creation.

After each service or inspection, new maintenance information is added to the asset’s digital history, and it retains a permanent, progressive record for all workers with authorized permission to access and perform local analysis. This is done via a local smartphone and connected reader and enables faster, safer and more precise decision-making in the field. If need be, the field worker can sync the latest data record back to the enterprise systems of the airline operator, OEM, or third-party maintenance provider, providing thorough visibility into how a part is being used and its performance over time.

In short, every asset becomes a node of distributed intelligence, with data available at the point of need to guide maintenance, prompt compliance activity for life-limited parts, ensure the authenticity of parts, verify part performance and even provide maintenance instructions directly. The asset becomes so smart that employees asks it what needs to be done!

Read the full article here: Pulling The IoT Out Of Its “Dumb Green Screen” Rut

To learn about Tego’s radio frequency asset intelligence platform for transforming aviation operations, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve the performance and interaction among your organization’s assets, contact us here.


Intelligent Aerospace – The Transformational Effect of Asset Intelligence for MRO and FBO organizations

“The day will come when every serialized, repairable, replaceable and maintainable part — numbering 10,000 on a typical airframe, will carry its own data.”

Intelligent Aerospace magazine puts asset intelligence into context for aviation MRO organizations and Fixed-base Operators (FBOs).

From the article:

The product lifecycle visibility challenge is largely a product of limited information, and it can utterly hamstring maintenance processes. At best, products and components today may carry a serial number, a barcode, or perhaps a digital ID tag, but they often exclude the finer details about the product’s specifications, configuration, maintenance history, and usage that are so central to efficient operation, maintenance, and even regulatory compliance in many industries. Instead, this information is typically kept on paper logs, in centralized Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, or in some cases nestled within the “tribal knowledge” of an experienced workforce.

Each of these modus operandi is complicated, expensive to maintain, and has inherent limitations. Paper logs can get misplaced or become unreadable, and data within enterprise systems can erode during IT consolidation and upgrade cycles; worse yet, it can become inaccessible if workers are in remote locations or stationed at a third-party aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) supplier. The factors contributing to “tribal knowledge” are hard to pinpoint and information is perpetually at risk, due to workforce churn. The end result: In many situations, MRO workers are left at the mercy of incomplete or non-existent product history information.

Read the full article here.

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solutions for smarter aviation MRO operations, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve your organization’s asset performance management, contact us here.


TegoAir: Smart Asset Tracking Solution that Enables Visibility into Aerospace Processes and Asset Lifecycles

Understand how a smart asset tracking software solution addresses common aerospace industry challenges like optimization of aircraft inspection and inventory management processes, and learn about the functionality of each of the platform’s components.

  • CabinCheck: Tego gives flight and ground crew personnel a walk-through aircraft inspection and digital alert regarding the status of safety equipment and other cabin interior parts.
  • MRO Historian: For MRO organizations, Tego provides a locally stored, digital, lifecycle history on the part itself for every aircraft presenting for maintenance.
  • For Airframe Manufacturers, Tego provides a solution for reliable, full digital inspection and verification during final assembly and delivery to customers.

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Intelligent Aerospace MRO for Smart Flyable Parts

Su Ahmad, Tego Customer Specialist, Presents Tego’s MRO Solution for Smart Flyable Parts at the eBusiness Forum, 2015

For the first time at an eBusiness forum, Su Ahmad presents Tego’s MRO solution for smart flyable parts developed both with and for B/E Aerospace. Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) enables smart RFID tracking by managing maintenance information (MRO) stored on airplane seats and is then linked to the B/E’s cloud based Component Maintenance Manual. The end-to-end solution enables the re-ordering of B/E’s spare parts directly from the airplane seat that requires a new part or component. Su demonstrates how smart asset data and information stored on the airplane seat serves as a platform not only for managing lifecycle information but for re-ordering spare parts directly from the manufacturer, as a means to prevent competitor’s parts from cannibalizing B/E’s aftermarket business.


Using TegoTags to Aid in Repetitive Inspections

– Bob Hamlin, Tego CTO, Air Transport Association (ATA) eBusiness Forum, 2015

Mr. Hamlin discusses how the FAA can use existing TegoTag technology and the ATA Spec 2000 standard as a platform for storing, managing and maintaining repetitive inspection information on airplanes.

 


Smart Asset Solutions Taking off in Aerospace

Tego’s CTO Bob Hamlin provides an overview of how the aerospace industry adopts smart asset or flyable parts solution spearheaded by Airbus. Story begins back in 2006, with its introduction of the first layer of Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform – the TegoChip – the first rugged high-memory chip with 24KB of data capacity for managing information and files on industrial assets. Tego wins Airbus, B/E Aerospace, Parker Aerospace, and Honeywell.


Smart Asset Solutions for Aerospace: Embed and Track Data Directly on Aircraft Parts

Embedding data and documents directly into aircraft parts solves multiple common challenges and ensures easy compliance with industry standards. From part tracking and identification and readily available maintenance history to compliance and major savings in inspection processes, see how a smart asset solution can address your needs. Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) goes beyond the limitations of the aircraft maintenance tracking software by electronically capturing critical asset information and providing the following benefits:

  • Digital information is embedded on the part– allows the aircraft components to be identified with a degree of accuracy
  • Digital Part History Records– the data travels with the serviceable part wherever it goes, enabling the best repair for improved safety
  • Digitally enabled fast inspections– compliance with ATA Spec 2000, AS5678
  • The right data at the right fingertips– embedded data on aircraft parts delivers intelligence at the fingertips of the right person, resulting in process and labor accuracy, efficiencies and significant cost savings.

The Airbus Flyable Parts Program

In 2009, Airbus launched aerospace’s first digital traceability and visibility program dubbed “flyable parts”. Today there are over 3,000 parts on an Airbus airplane that have digital capabilities. By exploring the end-to-end benefits of the solution, it is easy to see why the project was fast-tracked.

 

 


Improving MRO Processes Using Distributed Part History Data- Smart Assets

Effectively managing parts histories is a key element of improved MRO economics. New smart asset technology can automate and optimize this process

Read the full article


B/E Aerospace Proceeds With Global Plan

B/E Aerospace selects Tego as its worldwide tagging partner to beging tagging interior airplane parts such as airplane seats, flight entertainment consoles and beverage equipment. Tego’s solution enables digital information to be stored on the asset during manufacturing and throughout the product’s lifecycle so that data can be accessed by Airbus and Boeing and airline maintenance organziations, saving time and creating unbefore seen operational efficiencies.

Read the article


Tagging the Aerospace Market

Remote connectivity is a challenge for aerospace industry. RF technology has evolved to providing more than IDs on airplane parts to carrying maintenance records, files and safety check information so that entire value chains benefit. Airplane parts are going digital and getting smarter by having their own history and safety information stored directed on the part itself.

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Hi-flying efficiency with Tego’s RFID tags for Aerospace

RFID tracking has been proven to be very useful countless times over with its implementation in almost every aspect of our lives. Tracking, for example is one of the many that RFID has “tagged”, decreasing human error in all aspects of inventory, maintenance and data collection for the aviation sector. This is where Tego “tags” in with their high-storage RFID tags to aid their supply chain partners. We spoke to Bob Hamlin, CTO of Tego to find out what it takes to design RFID technology for the high-flyers.

PAN: RFID technology continues to find new applications in a growing number of industries, the aviation sector being one of them. What were the contentions that led the aerospace sector to consider RFID? Bob: Maintenance is a high-cost activity for airlines and they are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) efficiency to reduce costs. Today, many organizations along the supply chain generate information about parts and important data ends up in many different places, leading to inefficient maintenance processes.

Airlines have documented workflows that show mechanics spend more time finding the paperwork associated with a part than they do on their repair activities. Additionally, many maintenance responsibilities are needlessly labor-intensive.

For example, we have seen cycle time studies around the inspection of emergency equipment such as life vests and oxygen canisters, and the overhaul of passenger seats, that show 98-99% time reductions when RFID is introduced to these tasks. RFID technology creates visibility into the supply chain and maintenance activities by allowing large amounts of data to be stored on tags attached to components. It minimizes unplanned maintenance and premature parts replacement and detects malfunctions early.

PAN: From being low-requirement solutions, RFID tags have moved up to a whole new level by addressing the difficulties encountered in tracking and maintaining aircraft parts, and more. How has this innovation improved MRO in aviation?

Bob: RFID tags can store everything from the simple information often found on an identification placard such as part number, serial number, and expiration dates, to detailed historical MRO information typically stored in a centralized dasu_tabase. With the tag physically attached to a particular component, the information is easily associated with that component.

Many tags in production today have specifically targeted flyable parts. Industry standards address environmental factors such as humidity, pressure, and flammability. Tags that meet these standards can be used in external aircraft locations as well as pressurized cabin spaces. Using standard reader equipment, aircraft maintenance staff can read a part’s vital statistics from the attached tag – from the date of manufacture and hours in service to repairs and modifications. In addition, they can easily obtain information that was previously accessible only by opening difficult to reach or secured areas, by simply directing a handheld reader towards the area where the part or component is located.

Ultimately, all of this same information can be shared across the supply chain between the operator and the maintenance organization, from one MRO to another, and between inventory management staff and parts suppliers. Technicians can immediately determine component status in the field in an efficient and economical manner. It all adds up to a more streamlined operation and allows maintenance personnel to focus on maintenance activities.

PAN: For maintenance activities, it is crucial to have the information at hand – wherever and whenever it is needed. What happens in the typical lifecycle of an airplane part, for example?

Bob: Not having updated information follow a part throughout its lifecycle is one of the biggest challenges for an MRO organization. In fact, information about each phase of a part’s life is stored in distinctly separate areas. Here is what typically happens at each stage of the parts that go into an aircraft:

  • The parts manufacturer records pedigree information, such as the part number, serial number, date of manufacture, and when it’s shipped. Some data goes on the nameplate; other data is printed out on hardcopy records and/or in an electronic dasu_tabase. Some information is shipped along with the part; most stays behind with the manufacturer.
  • Then the airframe manufacturer installs the part on an aircraft. This generates additional data such as its location on the aircraft, the date of installation, and the part’s Air Worthiness Certificate (Form 8130-3). Some of this information stays behind with the manufacturer after the aircraft is delivered to a customer.
  • The aircraft owner/operator performs in-service maintenance activities, storing identification information and records related to maintenance and replacement tasks. This data is the property of the airline.
  • When the part is due for overhaul or replacement, a separate Maintenance Repair and Overhaul organization will collect and store overhaul records including modification level, condition code and general maintenance history. Data from the owner/operator would help the MRO process but it’s difficult to access.

PAN: Where does Tego fit into this value chain? Share with us the kind of solutions that Tego offers in this space.

Bob: By building on current RFID technology, Tego is creating “smart assets” with capabilities that go way beyond what has been typically thought of as RFID. For example, we have made advances in semiconductor technology to create RFID tags with up to 8KB of usable space, over 640 times the memory capacity of the original 96-bit tags used in the earliest retail applications. With this much memory available on the tag, it is now possible for supply chain partners to write pertinent information whenever a significant event happens in the lifetime of a part, and to keep that information stored directly on the part whether it stays in one place or moves around. That information can take the form of historical maintenance records or scratchpad messages from one technician to another. These smart assets can assist maintenance staff with making on-the-spot decisions.

We have also created chip technology that is especially useful to the aerospace industry. Our high-memory chips are designed to be fully passive, avoiding the added weight and potential RE interference associated with battery-operated tags. We have the only UHF chip technology that can maintain stored data for up to 30 years at high temperature. The stored data is also impervious to radiation, magnetic fields or high-powered radar signals. To keep all this information coming from multiple sources well organized, we have been leading the effort to standardize storage formats for RFID under the leadership of the Air Transport Association (ATA). Our software products, such as TegoView, provide a ready-to-use solution for industry participants to store and access ATA-formatted data on RFID tags. To add their own data in any file format they need, aerospace organizations can use TegoDrive which includes the additional simplification of treating RFID readers and tags as an extension of the Windows desktop.

PAN: Moving from a legacy system to being a “smart” tracking facility certainly doesn’t mean the end of the road. What concerns need to be addressed to further the advancement of RFID in aviation?

Bob: Airframe builders, airlines and MR0 organizations can get started in their own closed-loop systems, but in many cases the bigger benefits will be realized through the co-operation of all supply chain partners. [-Business standards are in place with ATA Spec 2000 and the EPC Tag Data Standard which allow for needed co-operation, but this still requires adoption by everyone involved in the process.

Another interesting challenge is around information security. Now that there is enough space on high-memory RFID tags to store so much data, the natural progression is for some people to want to store confidential or sensitive data, or to authenticate the identity of the source of the information. Preventing unauthorized read/write access may also be a concern. A lot of work is underway, by Tego and industry partners, to provide all of these security services.

Tego, Inc.

Tego’s high‑memory RFID solutions, including best‑in‑class semiconductor chips, tags, and application software are creating distributed interconnected smart assets that communicate wirelessly and without batteries. With the ability to read and write information directly on assets, organizations can automate processes, make intelligent decisions at the point of use, and know immediately the history, condition and status of any asset. Today, through Tego innovation, smart asset capabilities are providing solutions previously not possible or imaginable. Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

Tego, TegoTag, TegoView, TegoDrive and TegoChip are trademarks of Tego, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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Old Meets New – ATA Group Assembles in DC

I was in DC a few weeks ago for a standards meeting. The RFID on Parts technical team has been putting the finishing touches on the latest version of Spec 2000 Ch9-5, so I was there for three days trying to get the standard ready for release.

At this stage in the process there’s always a mind-numbing amount of minutia to work on, but it has to get done. Just to provide some flavor, there was quite a bit of haggling over the length of the PNO field (spoiler alert: it will be increased from 15 to 32 bits).  We decided that the unit of measure code need not be restricted to just pounds and kilograms (fathoms anyone?).  And in the Birth Record on Multi-Record tags, PNR is now… wait for it… forbidden.  I know, I know, this stuff can be pretty tedious.

Continue reading…


RFID Solutions Take Off In Aerospace

I just finished presenting at RFID Journal’s virtual event: “RFID in Aerospace and Aviation.”

The approach I took was to provide a history of tagging flyable parts on aircraft.  I think it’s a very interesting story and there are a lot of insights to be gained by looking back over the past ten years.  There have been some key market drivers along the way, and clear indications that the sector has embraced the value of high-memory tagging.  The programs have not just gone according to plan, they have been accelerated well beyond the original rollout plans.

I won’t go over the whole presentation here, although I might do that at some point.  If you missed it, here are the slides so you can at least see the timeline.  But even better, the questions I got from the audience were interesting and many may appreciate the answers. So here they are with my paraphrased responses: Continue reading…


B/E Selects Tego as its Solution Provider for World Wide Tagging

Partnering achieves uniform deployment and widespread compliance with ATA Spec 2000

Waltham, MA – April 1, 2014 – B/E Aerospace, the world’s leading provider of interior aerospace products and solutions, and the world’s leading provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables for the commercial, business jet and military markets, has selected Tego, Inc. (Waltham, MA, USA) as its RFID solution provider for tagging aircraft seats, galley packages, and life support systems in their world-wide manufacturing processes.

B/E Aerospace is rolling out its RFID tagging program across several of its market leading product lines. By using Tego’s complete RFID tagging solution, B/E is the largest manufacturer of aerospace parts today to achieve compliance with the latest 2013 version of ATA Spec 2000 and the very first to deliver tagged seats to meet the requirements of the global Airbus Quality Initiative announced in 2013.

Tego is the leading developer of high-memory RFID chips, tags and software for creating smart assets and the foremost provider of ATA Spec 2000 compliant solutions for tagging flyable parts. Tego offers the only fully integrated high-memory chip, tag, and software solution tested and verified by airframe manufacturers. TegoViewTM software ensures 100% compliance with ATA Spec 2000, Chapter 9-5 and TDS 1.7 standards for RFID tagging of aircraft parts and systems.

B/E Seats with Tego Tags
B/E Seats with Tego Tags

“We selected Tego as our solution provider because of the company’s integrated product offerings, its complete understanding of the technical requirements, and its leadership in deployment,” said Dan Buckler, Director of Quality and Compliance at B/E Aerospace.

“Our partnership with B/E Aerospace to deploy their enterprise tagging program across multiple sites and for cabin interior product offerings reaffirms Tego’s identity as premiere provider of [tagging] programs.” said Timothy Butler, President and CEO of Tego, Inc. “We are excited to be working with one of the industry’s best and look forward to a long standing relationship creating smart assets for B/E Aerospace. ”

B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace is the worldwide leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. B/E Aerospace is also the leading global distributor of aerospace fasteners. B/E Aerospace has leading worldwide market shares in all of its major product lines and serves virtually all of the world’s airlines, aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies through its direct global sales and customer support organizations.
www.beaerospace.com

Tego, Inc.

Tego’s high-memory RFID solutions, including best-in-class semiconductor chips, tags, and application software are creating distributed interconnected smart assets that communicate wirelessly and without batteries. With the ability to read and write information directly on assets, organizations can automate processes, make intelligent decisions at the point of use, and know immediately the history, condition and status of any asset. Today, through Tego innovation, smart asset capabilities are providing solutions previously not possible or imaginable. Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com.


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