Oilfield Project Proves RFID Value and Highlights More Potential

SINOPECThe news that one of China’s largest oil producers is using 30,000 Xerafy tags to track portable transformers is exciting because it is believed to be the largest outdoor RFID tracking project in China’s oil and gas industry. The massive scale of the deployment and the excellent results the customer is getting are receiving a lot of attention. However that should not distract us from the fundamentals that make this application great – and how it can apply to other companies and operations.

The oilfield project is a great example of how RFID can change business processes in areas that can be very hard to automate. Here are some aspects about the project to consider: Continue reading

Metal Skin Helps Ambulance Service Manage Emergency Medical Equipment

EMAS-Home-3For East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), saving time means saving lives. Seconds count when the service, which operates 450 vehicles in four U.K. counties, is providing emergency medical transport for patients. RFID is helping EMAS save time in preparing for emergencies to ensure ambulance crews always have the life-saving equipment they need.

Ambulances are packed with ventilators, monitors, resuscitators and other equipment that needs to be regularly disinfected, inspected, serviced and returned so each ambulance has a complete set of tools. EMAS previously had a manual item tracking process, which created the possibility that items could be missed during the inventory and restocking process. Continue reading

Xerafy tags used to track high value IT assets and tools at Applied Materials

Applied-Materials-doorway-web-1Previously, Xerafy blogged about how Healthcare firms use a combination of Auto-ID technologies to balance price and performance and to match the assets being tracked. Here is another instance where a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, The Material Deposition Products (MDP) group at Applied Materials, has employed a hybrid system of Wi-Fi-based real-time location system (RTLS) technology and passive RFID throughout its engineering labs, clean rooms, sub-fab facilities and storage areas. The system has enabled Applied Materials to better manage intellectual property (IP) protection, eliminate labor-intensive manual searches and meet ISO regulatory compliance.

Our partner, Tagit Solutions, developed a turnkey solution consisting of Xerafy tags attached to or embedded in equipment with handheld readers for inventory tracking and RFID portals installed at doorways. Continue reading

3 Ways Passive UHF RFID Can Improve Oil & Gas Operations

3070_005The oil & gas industry is known as one of the top growth markets for RFID adoption, but how exactly is RFID being used? Personnel tracking with active tags is one well-known use case, but the majority of oil & gas industry RFID activity involves the use of passive UHF technology to track and manage materials to support maintenance, compliance and asset management activity.

Extremely rugged, ATEX-certified, read-on-metal RFID tags from Xerafy make these and other applications possible. Here’s a brief overview of some of ways passive UHF RFID technology is making oil & gas operations safer and more efficient. Continue reading

Understanding Material Selection for RFID Tag Solution

200851016401239Xerafy has blogged previously on Choosing the Right Rugged Tag and Understanding Harsh Environments, which looks into tagging challenges and the right tag selection. Let’s take one step back and understand what goes into material selection for the Rugged Tag.

Before developing an RFID tag for a market or a project, understanding the application requirements, performance expectations, use conditions and relevant certifications is important for developing and selecting the right tag materials to work with. Hard materials aren’t necessarily tougher and softer materials aren’t necessarily more protective. Continue reading