Diamonds are created through pressure, and they also exert a lot of pressure on the people and equipment that are used to extract them from the earth. Conditions can be harsh, skilled labor can be scarce and workers have to dig and sift through tons of rock and dirt to find just a few precious carats.
The combination of extreme working conditions and highly valuable assets is a natural environment for Xerafy RFID tags. A Canadian mine operator agrees, and is using our NanoX II tags to track and secure the tools it uses at a large diamond mine. Continue reading
Tools are vital to industrial operations. Standard tools, such as socket wrenches and hammers, are used in nearly every industry, while specialized tools are required in many industrial activities. Being able to locate them when they are needed is critically important, because lack of ability can lead to costly operational slowdowns. To try to prevent this problem industrial operations have long used tool cribs and sign-out/sign-in procedures for tools, however, both the efficiency and accuracy have been less than desired.
In situations where there may be FOD risks (foreign object damage) or FME (foreign material exclusion) considerations, for example the aviation and energy industries, using RFID to identify tools and track their use in the maintenance cycle (MRO) can reduce the accidents caused by human factors. You can learn more about RFID for FOD and FME here. Of course, RFID can also substantially improve both the accuracy and effectiveness of tool tracking, and reduce tool replacement costs, lost productivity and errors. Continue reading
The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) is the latest government organization to turn to Xerafy RFID tags to make its operations safer and more efficient. Several U.K. news outlets reported West Yorkshire FRS is conducting a trial of an RFID asset tracking system at 46 fire stations to manage those stations’ equipment. West Yorkshire FRS will apply RFID tags to 54 different pieces of equipment that require regular maintenance. The project includes RFID technology and the iSCOPE fire incident software system developed and provided by Xerafy partner Red Ledge. The software will notify staff about what equipment needs maintenance and where it is located. West Yorkshire FRS expects the RFID system to cut 90 percent of the time needed to find and identify assets.
We have seen from similar projects with other customers that RFID tracking not only saves search time, it also helps prevent assets from becoming lost. This saves users money two ways: by reducing labor time requirements, and by reducing the need to purchase new equipment. For example, this summer the East Midlands Ambulance Service reported a 40 percent reduction in the time needed to track the equipment in its ambulances. In the U.S., the Richardson Police Department now completes pre-shift police car inspections in less than one minute, a process that used to take 15 minutes. Many other police departments are using RFID for weapon tracking.
So, instead of complaining about how your local authorities are spending your tax dollars, talk to them about how they could use RFID to cut cost and time from their activities.
Passive RFID can be used instead of GPS or battery-powered active RFID for many location-based applications, which can save a lot of money for organizations. Keystone Cable proved this by using Xerafy Data Trak II tags to permanently identify storage locations and reusable assets. When assets are placed into storage, a worker reads the Xerafy asset ID tag and reads a separate Xerafy tag that is attached to the storage location. System software then associates the item with the location and updates the asset database.
By updating the location database via RFID read, Keystone Cable does not have to install a GPS or active RFID tag on each of the hundreds of reusable reels that it uses to store manufactured cable. The RFID system requires more total tags because both assets and locations must be tagged, but it is a very cost effective process because of the big price difference between passive UHF and GPS and active RFID technologies. Continue reading
Our recent announcement of another successful nuclear power plant RFID asset tracking project is getting a lot of attention because of the benefits we were able to cite:
• 70 percent reduction in the time spent looking for items;
• 60 percent improvement in forklift driver efficiency;
• 50 percent improvement in storage space efficiency;
• 80 percent reduction in the time needed to prepare regulatory reports.
These benefits should provide a very fast return on investment (ROI). The customer, SPIE Nucléaire, and partner, Nexess, are already planning to implement versions of the same system at other nuclear power plants in France. Continue reading