Etihad Engineering takes on automated ATC system

Standing alongside the new Automated Tool boxes in the hangar are (L-R) Isam Fares, manager GSE, tooling and stores, Michael Adams, VP MRO services and Reinhard Luksch, head of logistics and operations at Etihad Airways Engineering
Standing alongside the new Automated Tool boxes in the hangar are (L-R) Isam Fares, manager GSE, tooling and stores, Michael Adams, VP MRO services and Reinhard Luksch, head of logistics and operations at Etihad Airways Engineering

Etihad Airways Engineering has enhanced its aircraft maintenance capability with a new Automated Tool Control (ATC) system.

The new system provides engineers with greater tool access, handling and traceability, and eliminates risk of tools being lost in critical aircraft systems during maintenance.

Connected by Wi-Fi to a central server, and capable of providing an audit trail of the last 15,000 transactions, the automated system tracks tools that are selected and is immediately able to identify any broken, lost or unreturned tools.

The toolbox can’t be opened until engineers scan their badge against the reader mounted on the front of the box. The badge identifies the engineer as an authorised user and unlocks the box.

The new system was successful trialled at Abu Dhabi International Airport in November 2015. Around 350 staff have been trained on the new system, with over 50,000 transactions being recorded to-date – with no missing tools.

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