Builders in Singapore are required to document the specific steel mill that produced each steel beam used in construction. To do that, builder must not only associate each beam with its mill, they must accurately record where each beam is used. The beams themselves often are no longer visible after the construction project is complete because they become encased in concrete and/or are covered by walls. Continue reading
For years Xerafy has tried to dispel the myth that RFID tagging in the aerospace industry is only beneficial for those that perform maintenance on planes and equipment. We have highlighted our aerospace customers that have used RFID to make their manufacturing more efficient, tracked tools and materials to prevent foreign object damage and have presented other use cases.
RFID truly is enabling advanced manufacturing processes in the aerospace industry. Our customer ATK, which produces engine cases, fuselage components, wingskins and other large components for commercial and military aircraft and spacecraft, was recently featured in Composites World magazine for its innovations in composite materials and its RFID-driven production systems (see this older RFID Journal article for more details about ATK uses RFID in production). Continue reading
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.