Xerafy Introduces First Embedded Metal RFID Tag for Oil & Gas Downhole Pipe Identification

Innovative UHF RFID tag design ensures tag withstands continuous high temperature, high pressure operations of downhole drilling, sub-sea operations

XplorerHONG KONG, April 14, 2015 – Xerafy today announced the introduction of Xplorer, the world’s first ultra-high frequency (UHF), ATEX-certified RFID tag for downhole pipe identification in the oil and gas industry. Xplorer was developed with oil and gas companies and will revolutionize the way pipes are identified during drilling operations by providing real-time access to accurate information, which will enable greater efficiency and improved asset utilization at drilling sites.

Xerafy’s Xplorer, the first tag of its kind, is a patent-pending, UHF design that does away with an RFID transponder inside a plastic housing. Instead, it is constructed with high-strength steel and Victrex® PEEK polymer, and is produced by advanced manufacturing techniques. Xplorer withstands sustained the high-temperature, high-pressure (HTHP) conditions, severe vibrations, chemical resistance and wear requirements of downhole environments where pressure reaches 30,000 psi, temperatures reach 200°C, and job sites often require various drilling mud and cement, H2S gas and all kinds of corrosive liquids.

drill-pipeThe Xplorer tag has a read range up to five feet with a fixed reader and is designed to be embedded in downhole tubulars such as drill pipes, casing, and production tubing using a quick “snap in” attachment that remains secure during operation and throughout the pipe lifecycle. Xerafy spent more than a year working closely with oil and gas service companies, end users and drill pipe manufacturers to design and validate the reliability of the tag for pipe integrity, simulation analysis and live testing during rig operations.

“For many years, the oil and gas industry has been searching for a rugged, high temperature and high pressure RFID tag that could both provide rapid identification and support automated data management of pipes and tubular components for rig operations, inspection services, storage yards and the transportation sector, when used in harsh environments,” said Xerafy CEO and founder Dennis Khoo. “Previous low frequency and high frequency RFID downhole tags required readers to be in direct contact with the tag to get a scan, and did not provide real time information during an operation, which does not resolve the real-world challenges of rig operations where short read ranges and low data rates are impractical because time and speed are key.”

“VICTREX® PEEK polymer has long been the gold-standard for extending the lifetime of installations and improving reliability in corrosive, HPHT environments,” states Tom Swanson, Energy Strategic Business Unit Director. “It’s not by mistake that Xerafy has worked with Victrex to specify a high-performance polymeric solution for this ground-breaking RFID technology.” Continue reading

RFID for Surgical Instrument Tracking Saves Estimated 31,000 Hours for Rigshospitalet During Trial

Innovative Solution from Caretag Surgical and Xerafy Shows RFID is Highly Effective for Managing Sterilization and other Track-and-Trace Processes

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HONG KONG, April 02, 2015 – Read-on-metal UHF RFID tags from Xerafy proved their suitability and value for surgical instrument tracking during an 18-month trial at New Rigshospitalet hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tracking surgical instruments with RFID could save the hospital 31,000 hours a year in operating room procedures alone while also improving patient safety and providing additional time saving and infection control benefits during sterilization and other processes. Dr. Henrik Eriksen, project director for the RFID trial, announced the results last month during a press conference in Copenhagen.

When surgical trays were prepared for use in the operating room (OR), an RFID reader was used to automatically identify and record all the items that were contained in the tray. The trays were read at several more process points before entering the OR to make sure counts were accurate. Trays were read again before they left the OR after surgery to make sure no surgical instruments were missing, and were read at the hospital’s central sterile processing department to document the sterilization process for each item.

RFID readers can simultaneously identify the 60 to 80 individual items that a surgical tray typically contains. Rigshospitalet previously identified and verified tray contents by bar code scanning. Continue reading

The Tag Factory Takes License To Xerafy’s Patent

The Tag Factory has entered into a non-exclusive patent licensing agreement for Xerafy’s RFID ceramic tag technology.

12-March-2015 – Hong Kong – Xerafy and The Tag Factory have reached an amicable agreement that allows The Tag Factory to manufacture and commercialize ceramic RFID tags incorporating the RFID ceramic tag technology disclosed in Xerafy’s U.S. Patent 8,678,295.

“Xerafy’s RFID ceramic tag technology has made it possible for customers to track assets in a wide range of harsh environments, and we are committed to bringing more leading-edge tag solutions to the market,” said Xerafy founder and CEO, Dennis Khoo. “We are pleased to have reached a licensing agreement with The Tag Factory allowing us to work together to support our customers in the industrial marketplace.”

Terms of the license agreement and settlement are confidential.

Xerafy Slim Trak RFID tag promises best value for asset management across multiple industries

New Gen2-compliant Slim Trak is a low profile, global frequency, embeddable metal RFID tag for IT server racks, tool tracking and hospital asset management

Slim-Trak-on-tool-webHONG KONG, December 03, 2014 – Xerafy has launched of one of the most sought-after RFID tags in the market, providing customers the flexibility to use the tag in multiple industrial environments and geographies with different RF regulations. Designed with borderless asset management in mind, the Slim Trak operates across the global frequency band and is cost effective without compromising on performance. Slim Trak is a passive UHF RFID tag that complies with EPCglobal Gen2 and ISO 18000-6C international standards.

The Slim Trak incorporates all the features our customers love about the Xerafy Trak family for asset management such as superior on-off metal read performance, high versatility and great customer value. The new tag will strengthen Xerafy’s product offering for applications such as tool tracking, IT asset management, weapon tracking and others.

Slim-Trak-webWith a small footprint (56.5 by 5.95 mm/2.2 by 0.2 inches) and a low profile at only 1.3 mm (0.05 inch) thick, the Slim Trak is the thinnest tag in the Trak family of tags and can easily be integrated into the recesses of metal assets without compromising performance. Slim Trak has an IP68 rating and its ability to withstand high temperature and impacts makes it ideal for many applications which may involve heat shrinking, molding and strong vibration.

“Xerafy’s Slim Trak is one of the most customer-centric tags in terms of performance, versatility and value for the asset management solution,” said Xerafy founder and CEO Dennis Khoo. “Its low profile and small footprint will enable our customers to RFID-enable their assets at their source.”

Singapore Manufacturer Slashes Inventory Search Time with RFID Tracking System

Order picking time reduced by 30 minutes or more using Xerafy read-on-metal RFID tags to track manufactured cable at indoor and outdoor storage locations

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Hong Kong, October 8, 2014 – Xerafy, a global supplier of RFID metal tags, today released a new case study that describes how Keystone Cable uses Xerafy’s passive UHF RFID tags to track finished goods inventory.

Keystone Cable manufactures cables for the building & infrastructure, oil & gas, and data communications markets. Finished products are coiled onto large drum reels that may be stored indoors or outside at Keystone Cable’s 100,000 square foot facility. When cable is needed to fulfill a customer order, a worker first must find the drum, which usually took between 30 and 45 minutes. Now it is completed in less than five minutes since Keystone Cable began using Xerafy Data Trak II RFID tag to track the metal drums and storage locations.

The complete case study is available for free download from: http://tinyurl.com/phrh8df.