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
Healthcare providers employ RTLS and RFID technology to improve patient care and operational efficiency, using multiple underlying technologies to track the location (and associated status) of equipment, assets and inventory within their facilities.
RFID and RTLS asset tracking systems come in many shapes, sizes (and modalities), depending on the assets being tracked. Passive RFID solutions are extensively used in supply chain, manufacturing and service environments for process automation, workflow visibility and inventory management: situations where a physical location is associated with the status of an asset (e.g. a shipment at the receiving dock indicates the package has arrived at its destination). In this instance, tracking an asset based on its last known location is sufficient to track its status and to inform an enterprise system of the status change. Conversely, higher cost active RFID (also known as RTLS) solutions are process-independent and work like an “interior GPS system” in hospitals. They are used primarily for “real-time” location, in situations where it is important to quickly locate medical equipment (e.g. infusion pumps, wheelchairs), medical personnel or hospital patients. Continue reading
Congratulations to Xerafy partner Red Ledge, whose innovative approaches for helping customers improve manufacturing with RFID were recently complimented in a profile in RFID Journal. Red Ledge is an expert in improving processes, often by automating activity in new ways. Several of Red Ledge’s solutions use Xerafy tags, which bring RFID to processes and environments where it hasn’t been used before.
Red Ledge has built RFID functionality directly into industrial equipment so that raw materials and work-in-process can be accurately tracked during the production process. These applications can be challenging to develop because they require interfaces between manufacturing machinery and the production control software, and require RFID tags that can withstand heat treatment, chemical exposure and other hazards. Getting traceability into the production process and helping materials and machines talk to each other can enable new processes that prevent assembly errors, reduce waste and rework and maximize assets. Some see these benefits as the future vision for Internet of Things systems, but Red Ledge is already delivering that vision today. Continue reading