PinPoint Tool Control System Launched for Aerospace Manufacturers
"The PinPoint system is the first to integrate RFID and GPS technologies – offering aerospace customers a truly comprehensive tracking solution," said Peter Fuchs, Managing Director of the PinPoint Group, LLC. "Our system makes 100 percent tool accountability possible and will significantly reduce Foreign Object Damage (FOD) risk. Fully compatible with customers' existing tools, it provides many advanced capabilities that will help reduce the maintenance burden on our customers worldwide."
The PinPoint system's cutting-edge technology was developed after a four-year pilot program and with direct input from civil and military aircraft mechanics and maintenance managers. Its "pocket-level control" feature can differentiate identical tools and instantly determine when a tool is not in its assigned pocket. This provides unparalleled tool visibility, and asset managers can monitor tool usage, determine real-time inventory status, and configure access permissions remotely.
Through RFID and GPS signals, users are also able to track the path of an asset in a hangar or on a flight line. Universally recognized symbols make the system easy to learn and operate. Additionally, the system is able to track tool calibration cycles and battery charge levels, and allows technicians to monitor when a tool is broken or requires service. These features help customers better manage their inventory by streamlining tool forecasting and provisioning.
Founded in 2012, The PinPoint Group is a technology company focused on the development and support of leading asset management solutions for the aerospace industry. Current products include the PinPoint line of intelligent tool control systems, PinPoint tool control software, and maintenance management software for monitoring complex assets such as aircraft and ground support equipment. Located in Connecticut, The PinPoint Group is a member of the United Technologies family of companies.