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Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services digitizes material identification

Tablets with GateApp replacing Gate boxes for swifter identification of aircraft material

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), has developed its GateApp to identify components using an industrial tablet, a press release said Thursday (May 3, 2018). The GateApp will gradually replace Gate boxes used until now. This development facilitates the portable, convenient and flexible identification of aircraft material and makes the process fully digital.

Swifter and cheaper

Andreas Boehle, Project Manager GateApp at LTLS, said: “The GateApp not only allows components to be recorded faultlessly, it will also speed up their identification and replenishment in case of defects. Thanks to the low costs and simple handling, we can roll out the portable tablet worldwide in future and further reduce turnaround times in the supply chain.”

GateApp – part of digitalization strategy

In 2014, LTLS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, developed a new procedure for identifying material identification in the repair cycle called gate.control. Under the procedure, the customer could ship parts to the nearest MRO location and back again, if necessary. Using a Gate box of around one cubic meter in size, the components including nameplate and documents were photographed, scanned and identified at the customer’s location. The GateApp is part of LTLS’ digitalization strategy.

Replacing the large box

A robust industrial tablet with the pre-installed GateApp, which thanks to an ergonomic hand strap, can be held with just one hand, is replacing the large box. Each component can be photographed from all sides, the documents scanned, possible damage and packaging documented and the component data recorded with the integrated barcode scanner. The data is then sent to the Lufthansa Technik network and booked in the central service centre with forwarding then commissioned to the relevant MRO location. The tablet with GateApp is intended mainly for use in the storage and material handling areas of service partners or with the customer.

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