|An aircraft engineer accessing the new Automated Tool System in front of an Etihad Airways’ A330 aircraft undergoing routine maintenance.|
|Standing alongside the new Automated Tool boxes in the hangar are (left to right) Isam Fares, Manager GSE, Tooling and Stores, Michael Adams, VP MRO Services, and Reinhard Luksch, Head of Logistics and Operations at Etihad Airways Engineering.|
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 the tools that are selected and is immediately able to identify any broken, lost or unreturned tools.
The toolbox can’t be opened until the engineers scan their badge against the reader mounted on the front of the box. The badge identifies the engineer as an authorised user and the box unlocks. Using the built-in touchscreen, the engineer confirms their job task (work order / task number) and job location.
The new system was successful trialled at Abu Dhabi International Airport in November 2015, and was rolled out across all Etihad Airways Engineering maintenance bays in January.