Oil & Gas RFID Investment Should Run Counter to the Boom-Bust Cycle

OilCapital investment was at near record levels in the oil & gas industry last year, but things have changed faster than you can say “boom-bust cycle.” Earlier this month Weatherford became the latest big energy producer to announce an aggressive cost cutting program that was triggered by low oil & gas prices. The company cut more than half a billion dollars from its capital expenditure budget and announced plans to eliminate 5,000 workers. Apache, BP, ConocoPhilips, Halliburton and Schlumberger are also executing expense-reduction programs.

This article notes that the high capital investment by oil & gas companies in recent years has been disappointing over the last few years. It argues the industry needs new business models to stay profitable because of the growing complexity. Continue reading

Construction Projects Shows New Twist for Traceability

wedge-tag-view-from-topA recent project showed us a new use case for RFID in the construction industry, and also showed that construction is another industry with growing traceability requirements.

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

Introducing Platinum Metal Skin, a midsize on-metal smart label that will enable new applications

PlatinumXerafy introduced the world’s first UHF RFID read-on-metal smart label to the market in February 2012. That Metal Skin smart label, which is now patented, revolutionized the way customers were able to use RFID tags on metals. Previously, customers seeking to track their metal or RFID unfriendly assets were limited to using either hard tags or three-dimensional “labels” that were unable to fit directly on curved surfaces such as the contour of cylinders or drums.

Fast forward to the present day. Metal Skin has been the primary driver behind metal asset tagging growth and has been widely adopted in multiple industries for managing all sorts of assets, including IT equipment and even consumables. Its low-profile form factor, ease of use and affordability have created many new markets, inspired new products such as the integrated labels used in the aerospace industry to track flyable parts, and spawned numerous “me too” metal label products in the market. Metal Skin provided yet another example of how RFID use expands whenever the technology becomes more convenient to use. Continue reading

Meeting Advanced Aerospace Materials Tracking & Manufacturing Needs with RFID

64.IACFPFor 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

Avoid These Three Common RFID Tag Selection Mistakes

imagesThe vast majority of passive UHF tags used all around the world today comply with EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, which are essentially the same. Yet this one set of standards is supported in hundreds of different RFID tags. Why so many? Because there are numerous variables that affect tag performance and lifespan, even when the frequency and technical protocols are standardized.

With so many options it can be difficult to select the best tag for each particular use case. Without expert guidance it will take some trial and error that could go on a long time. Xerafy can save you that time. We have worked with hundreds of companies to help them find the best RFID tag configuration to meet their needs. Often, these companies contacted Xerafy after starting to experiment with tags on their own.

Here are three leading tag selection mistakes, and how you can avoid them. Continue reading