Bristow Helicopters Ltd has introduced the latest tool-tracking technology to its maintenance teams as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to driving forward improvements in aircraft safety. The introduction of Snap-on Industrial’s new Automated Tool Control (ATC) system is the latest stage in the company’s safety investment of over £3.2m in state of the art Snap-on Tool Control Solutions.
The ATC Box is fitted with hi-tech camera technology which captures images of its contents, allowing the system to identify whether tools are present or not. This information is then displayed on a screen on top of the tool kit so that a maintenance engineer is constantly aware of the location of each tool. Tools are automatically issued and returned without user input and the activity from each toolbox is streamed across the company network giving administrators real time visibility of all tooling activity.
Bristow has introduced the technology to the company’s bases in Aberdeen, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico and is in the process of rolling it out across all of its bases across the globe.
Alan Corbett, European Business Unit Director, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, said: “Bristow is continuously looking to enhance safety and often it’s the introduction of new technology that can allow us to do that. The concept behind the snap-on maintenance kit is a simple but effective one. It makes absolutely sure that maintenance engineers are aware of the location of their tools at all times and ultimately minimises the potential for human error.
“The industry has been looking for new ways to improve tool control for many years and this is a significant step forward. The technology has been successful in the bases where it has already been introduced and we look forward to rolling it out fully across our global operations over the next year.”
Bristow’s rigorous Target Zero safety programme was introduced in 2007 and aims to help the company hit its target of zero accidents. Bristow was the first civil helicopter transport company to work in the oil and gas industry and over the years has developed a number of game-changing technologies to improve helicopter safety, including the traffic collision avoidance system TCAS2, IHUMS, and Sky Connect, which have gone on to be adopted by many leading aircraft manufacturers and competitors alike.
Alan Petrie, regional account manager, Snap-on Industrial, said: “Over the past seven years we have worked closely with Bristow Helicopters to provide technology to improve tool control, an important issue on the agenda of helicopter operators. I would like to thank the team at Bristow for making Snap-on Industrial their business partner of choice and I look forward to working with them in the future, helping provide solutions to drive forward their target zero programme.”
About Bristow Helicopters Ltd
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. has served the offshore oil transport industry in the UK for nearly 60 years. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc.
Bristow Helicopters Ltd is the leading provider of search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, having been awarded the UK SAR contract and the Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland. Bristow Helicopters has a long history of providing world class SAR services in the UK, beginning in 1971 and has flown more than 44,000 SAR operational hours in the UK and conducted over 15,000 SAR missions, during which more than 7,000 people have been rescued by our crews and helicopters. For more information on Bristow’s SAR operations, please visit http://www.bristowsar.com/
About Bristow Group
Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The company has major transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit the Company’s website at http://www.bristowgroup.com/.
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