Tracking individual drill pipe joints with RFID technology opens new possibilities for improved documentation, process efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction
Hong Kong, Feb 2, 2016 – Chinese petroleum and chemical corporation Sinopec Shengli Oilfield is using Xerafy’s Xplorer RFID tags in field tests to track the downhole pipes on its onshore oil site, believed to be the first UHF RFID application of its kind in the oil and gas industry. Leveraging RFID traceable drill pipes, the Shengli Oilfield is able to track 1,380 drill pipes at seven well sites using RFID handheld readers and software supplied by VictorySoft. The pilot operation took around three months with every well opening a depth of approximately 2,500 meters. For the next stage, a well-centered antenna will be put in place to read the tag as the pipe moves through it while being tripped. With the success of the pilot, the Shengli Oilfield expects to substantially expand the deployment of Xplorer tags to additional drill strings and sites in 2016.
Xerafy Xplorer is a patent-pending, UHF RFID tag that is constructed with high-strength steel and polymer, and is specially designed to be embedded in a hole milled into the drill joint to track each individual pipe. Using RFID is key to improving the previously impossible task of tracking and capturing data on the individual pipes. Shengli Oilfield did not have an efficient way of managing their drilling pipes. The pipes were counted manually before and after the drilling process, which resulted in inaccurate inventory management, inefficient asset utilization, and potential safety risk. Continue reading
SenseStone Technology and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics enter non-exclusive patent licensing agreement for Xerafy’s RFID ceramic tag technology disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 8,678,295.
24-November-2015 – Hong Kong –Xerafy, a worldwide leader and innovator of RFID metal tags, announced today the patent litigation Xerafy filed against SenseStone Technology and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics in the Southern District of New York has been amicably resolved.
Under the terms of the confidential settlement agreement, SenseStone Technology and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics have agreed to take a non-exclusive license to the RFID ceramic tag technology disclosed in Xerafy’s U.S. Patent 8,678,295, and will continue to manufacture and commercialize finished ceramic RFID tags in the United States pursuant to that license.
“We are pleased to have reached a licensing agreement with SenseStone Technology and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics to allow access to our RFID ceramic tag technology by more customers,” said Xerafy founder and CEO, Dennis Khoo. “Whether it’s the world’s first sub-millimeter read on-metal smart label, the first ever RFID tag for downhole pipe identification, or the smallest RFID tag no bigger than a grain of rice, Xerafy’s commitment to innovation has continued to disrupt the marketplace and has opened up new possibilities for our customers to track assets in areas previously deemed impossible.”
Terms of the license agreement and settlement are confidential. Any parties interested in pursuing a license to Xerafy’s intellectual property are invited to contact the company directly.
XXS RFID tags will revolutionize Healthcare for Smart Surgical Tools, help medical devices comply with FDA initiative to improve transparency, traceability
HONG KONG, Oct 22, 2015 – Xerafy, the world’s leading innovator of RFID metal tags, unveils today the world’s smallest passive UHF EPC Class 1 Gen 2 RFID metal tag with the introduction of the new XXS tags.
Just when you think RFID UHF tags could not possibly get any smaller, Xerafy builds on its know-how and experience in designing small and rugged RFID metal tags, to disrupt the market — again — with miniature XXS tags. No bigger than a grain of rice, the new XXS series of RFID tags delivers an impressive size-to-performance ratio with a read performance of up to two feet. The new tags are available in two form factors: the Dot XXS tag which is round and measures at Ø 0.16 x 0.10 inches thick, and the Dash XXS tag at 0.26 x 0.08 x 0.08 inches thick.
“The introduction of XXS high performance RFID tags will create many new opportunities in the market, allowing even the smallest assets to be tagged,” said Dennis Khoo, CEO of Xerafy. “These ultra-small tags will also serve as a catalyst for RFID embedded technologies; and as the Internet of Things (IoT) comes of age, smart assets will be able to integrate RFID technology at the design and manufacturing stage.” Continue reading
08-July-2015 – Hong Kong – Xerafy, a leading innovator in the RFID technology industry, announced that it has recently filed a patent infringement complaint (civil case no. 15-cv-04349) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against SenseStone Technologies and its parent company, Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics (collectively “SenseStone”).
The lawsuit asserts that SenseStone is manufacturing, marketing, selling and importing tags into the United States that infringe on Xerafy’s US Patent No. 8,678,295 (the ’295 Patent), which discloses an improved miniaturized RFID tag with a microstrip patch antenna that can be used on metal surfaces. The lawsuit identifies a number of SenseStone’s current RFID tag offerings as infringing, and Xerafy believes that as the lawsuit progresses it will be able to identify additional infringing tags being sold by SenseStone to U.S.-based customers.
Xerafy’s ’295 Patent helps protect Xerafy’s industry-leading line of ceramic RFID UHF tags. These innovative products have made it possible for customers in many industries to track assets in high temperature and harsh environments, and even in situations where the available space for tagging an asset is limited. Because of Xerafy’s innovations, including those described and claimed in the ’295 Patent, customers are now able to keep better track of their assets and work flows, access timely information to make better decisions, improve efficiency, safety and compliance, as well as reduce costs.
This lawsuit against SenseStone is not Xerafy’s first attempt to enforce the ’295 Patent. In March of this year, The Tag Factory entered into a licensing agreement with Xerafy with respect to the ’295 Patent, confirming the valuable nature of Xerafy’s patent assets.
Innovative UHF RFID tag design ensures tag withstands continuous high temperature, high pressure operations of downhole drilling, sub-sea operations
HONG 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.
The 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