If you tell anyone in upstream oil & gas operations (offshore or onshore) you have designed a RFID tag that survives drilling operations and ask if they could use it, their response would undoubtedly be: Absolutely!
Xerafy, InfoChip’s exclusive partner, has done exactly that for the oil & gas industry. Prior to the new Xplorer tag, over the past 10 years there were many attempts to create a UHF tag for use in downhole drilling that proved unsuccessful. Most previous solutions embraced either LF or HF RFID technology and have fallen short of expectations due to lack of read range, multi-scan and/or durability. It is important to note that most oil & gas operators are requesting UHF frequency because it gives the user the ability to do multi-scan reads and provides longer read range options.
The new Xplorer’s rugged design exceeds the harshest drilling operations that a pipe encounters. The Xplorer tag operates at continuous exposure to 500°F and 30,000 psi. The form factor design featuring stainless and PEEK® materials allows the tag to stay in the milled pocket for the life of the asset. It is the first UHF tag that reads from 3 to 7 feet with a fixed reader mounted to a handling tool or other object. Continue reading
China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition (CIPPE) is the largest petroleum exhibition in China presenting the latest technologies and products in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. Held March 26 – 28 in Beijing, CIPPE 2015 attracted 2,000 exhibitors from 62 countries and regions.
Xerafy joined our partner Victrex at CIPPE 2015 to showcase Xplorer, our latest patent-pending RFID tag for tracking drill pipes and oil tubes used in the oil and gas industry. Xerafy Xplorer is an ATEX-certified downhole RFID UHF tag that was designed by working closely with oil and gas service companies, end users and drill pipe manufacturers. It meets their pipe integrity and ruggedness requirements for downhole drilling and sub-sea operations.
Xerafy’s Xplorer is constructed with high-strength steel and polymer materials from Victrex to meet hazardous environment requirements. The tag has been validated by tests simulating simultaneous high temperature, extreme pressure and severe vibration. 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
Xerafy frequently highlights its network of partners around the world. This week our blog focuses on Australian hardware partner, Ramp RFID Solutions. We recently had the opportunity to interview Ramp’s Sales and Marketing Manager Nandita Reddy about their business and the direction of the RFID industry.
Tell us about RAMP and how it is positioned in the RFID industry?
Ramp RFID is an Australian owned and operated RFID tag & reader vendor specializing in RFID asset tracking, vehicle tracking and people tracking. Our expert team of consultants, engineers and software developers work closely with customers to understand their business needs and challenges to provide them with a tailored solution to maximize their return on investment. Our customers in Australia include Woodside, Sydney Ports Corporation, BHP, Rio Tinto, Qantas, DP World, Patrick Corporation, Laing O’Rourke and Nestlé.
What are the markets where Xerafy and RAMP work together?
Ramp works with Xerafy to facilitate asset tracking solutions across a variety of sectors including oil & gas and mining, where tags must be reliable in the harshest of environments.
What is the most interesting or challenging project RAMP has worked on and how did it turned out?
We embedded Xerafy Nano-iN tags into rubber conveyor pulley lagging (the cylinder that drives a conveyor belt) to identify the product even after its surface is heavily worn. We chose Xerafy products due to their robustness and ability to withstand the high temperatures and pressures required during the rubber vulcanization process. The project was very successful and demonstrated that RFID tags could be embedded into consumable mining products.
In your opinion, which markets are growing the fastest and why?
We see asset tracking and item-level inventory tracking growing the fastest due to the proven benefits and ROI these mature solutions offer.
Where do you see the RFID market or adoption in the hype cycle?
We think RFID solution adoption in the marketplace has hit the “Slope of Enlightenment.” From the early phases of the technology and the initial hype around capabilities, we now see companies learning more about the real capabilities of the technology, like asset tracking and item-level inventory tracking, providing real benefits. More RFID enable solutions will follow, and we’ll move from hype to habituation.
Xerafy is proud of its extensive network of partners around the world. This week our blog focuses on North American hardware partner, atlasRFIDstore. We recently had the opportunity to interview atlasRFID’s Marketing Content Manager Suzanne Smiley about their business and the direction of the RFID industry in the U.S.
How is atlasRFIDstore positioned in the RFID industry?
atlasRFIDstore is an RFID hardware retailer which provides customers a secure, one-stop shop for all their RFID equipment needs. We pride ourselves on hiring industry experts who work hard at establishing lasting relationships with our customers. With our product expertise, we are able to recommend the optimum hardware and RFID tags which best fit our customers’ project parameters, saving them time and money in the process. Continue reading