The term “industrie 4.0″ refers to the fourth industrial revolution and it is gaining traction in the industrial markets. The first industrial revolution introduced mechanized production using water and steam power, the second was characterized by the division of labor and the third by industrial automation. In broad terms, in the fourth industrial revolution, devices will drive some of their own production and maintenance process by sensing conditions and communicating through the Internet of Things.
The rise of the internet and ubiquitious connectivity gave rise to IT driven information, triggering innovation, productivity gains and econmic growth, much faster and greater than the earlier waves of revolution. However, products by themselves were largely unaffected. Now, with Industry 4.0, smart, connected products using technologies such as RFID and embedded sensors, new data that can be captured, analyzed and managed through wired or wireless connections with the product. Intelligence and connectivity enable an entirely new set of product functions and capability, altering the market with new competitive opportunities as well as threats. 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
Xerafy’s extensive network of partners represent innovative RFID solutions implemented around the globe. This week’s blog features CAEN RFID, a leading Auto. ID company located in Viareggio, Italy. Thanks to Luca Nardini, Sales Manager from CAEN RFID for the contribution to the blog.
1) Tell us about CAEN RFID and how it is positioned in the RFID industry?
CAEN RFID has been in the UHF RFID market since 2003 when we designed our first products. With more than 10 years of experience, we have built a good reputation for innovation, quality products and customer support. Our product portfolio is now one of the more complete in the UHF RFID market. It includes embedded modules, fixed readers for portals, mobile readers, desktop readers and RFID temperature loggers. Our customers, mostly system integrators, rely on our technology to build their own solution for customers, and on our technical support to get the most from our products.
We are convinced that UHF RFID technology will be widely adopted in the near future — in organizations of all sizes. This means there will be a proliferation of diverse applications where many different RFID-enabled devices will be needed. This is why we offer a wide variety of interoperable readers in various form factors, with different price and performances, with internal design and with cooperation from partners, specialized in various fields, to best respond to the final customer needs.
2) What is unique about CAEN RFID hardware solutions?
We realized that most of RFID installations require a controller for data analysis and filtering, local processing, data aggregation with information coming from other sources, remote communications and many other features. For this reason we developed a reader with an embedded PC and many communication interfaces, removing the need for an external PC and related cabling in most installations. This results in huge cost savings during deployment and operations, reducing the total cost of ownership of installed devices.
Coupling sensors with RFID technology is another area we strongly believe in. Today we offer a range of UHF RFID temperature loggers based on the ISO 18000-6C protocol, one which was adopted by DHL for the implementation of their temperature-controlled transportation service called THERMONET.
CAEN RFID technology is used, directly or through partners, by many worldwide customers including Motorola, DHL, M3 Mobile, IER, Check Point and many other important companies. Continue reading