Location Apps Can Thrive with RFID, Making Expensive GPS Unnecessary

2Passive 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

Another Example of RFID’s Power to Improve Nuclear Power Plants

Container + Xerafy tagOur 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

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