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Success Story: Digital signature pro‍cesses at Diehl Aviation

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    Read in the success story how Diehl Aviation digitizes hundreds of thousands of signature processes on EASA Form 1 certificates with SAP and the Qualified Electronic Signature (QeS) every year.

    About Diehl Aviation

    Diehl Aviation is a subgroup of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and bundles all aviation activities of the Diehl Group under one roof. Diehl Aviation, which also includes Diehl Aerospace, is a leading system supplier for aircraft system and cabin solutions. The portfolio comprises avionics and cabin equipment including galleys, sanitary solutions for aircraft, fire protection, water supply and air conditioning.
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    The challenge

    Air legal certificates are necessary in the planning, manufacturing, and maintenance process as evidence for supervisory authorities. For each component, specific proof of compliance with safety and quality standards must be provided.

    Until now, these certificates were printed out on paper at Diehl Aviation. But for some time now, it has been possible to submit the certificates electronically to the supervisory authorities. As digitization progresses throughout the company, this area should now also be fully digitized.

    The project

    When implementing the project, certain requirements of the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA) had to be met. For digital documents, the LBA makes the qualified electronic signature (QeS) mandatory.

    All information processed in the course of signature generation remains under the complete control of Diehl Aviation at all times. D-TRUST Multicard signature cards from the Bundesdruckerei and USB card readers are used. It is guaranteed that this method is basically applicable to any form.

    The entire processing and communication is now controlled by the Digital Process Factory® (DPF) from SEAL Systems. The DPF is a development and runtime environment for designing and controlling processes to handle information, data, files and documents.

    The advantages at a glance

    • Comprehensive automation for several hundred thousand approval processes
    • Media break-free processing in a continuous integrated process
    • Highest level of security and reliability
    • Verifiable compliance with quality assurance measures

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