RFID for Tool Tracking
Aviation MRO shop floor, Automotive assembly line, Nuclear power plant, Law enforcement department
They cannot afford the risks that come with relying on employees to manually record and replace the tools and materials they use throughout the day
Xerafy RFID Tags deliver visibility and control to these operations and help optimize FOD prevention processes, reduce compliance lapses and drive operational efficiency.
Tool tracking is a very laborious and manual process, but an indispensable one, given the critical nature of accounting for every item entering a critical work environment.
Compatible with a high density of metal surfaces
Tags with the smallest footprint and profile, to fit any tool type
Attachment and mounting methods proven in the field
Resistance to shocks, fluids and other corrosive chemicals
Superior size-to-performance ratio
High accuracy and reliability
ATTACHMENT & MOUNTING
Thanks to a comprehensive variety of form factors, Xerafy RFID Tags can be unobtrusively attached or embedded into tools and equipment for fast, accurate identification, even when tracking metal tools and other items that challenge traditional RFID technology.
INDUSTRIAL TOOL TRACKING
Tools are vital to industrial operations. Standard tools, such as socket wrenches and hammers, are used in nearly every industry.
Many industrial activities also require specialized tools, including tools custom-made for a specific operation. These tools are expensive, yet absolutely necessary. Securing tools from theft and being able to quickly locate them when they are needed is, therefore, critically important. Industrial operations have long used tool cribs and sign-out/sign-in procedures for tools; however, both the efficacy and accuracy have been less than desired.
RFID can substantially improve both the accuracy and the effectiveness of industrial tool tracking, reducing the substantial costs of tool replacement and lost productivity. The RFID technology has evolved to overcome the challenges of metal interference, harsh environments, and long-range read distance requirements.
Manual Industrial Tool Tracking: The Drawbacks
Loss of tools, due to misplacement or outright theft, and therefore the direct cost of replacement
Lost productivity due to personnel check- out/check-in of tools, searching for lost tools or waiting for replacements to arrive
Poor customer satisfaction from missed commitments, maintenance, and added cost
MRO TOOL CONTROL
MRO service providers have been early adopters of solutions for Tool Tracking and Tool Control, setting the standard for how other industries can address their own tracking, safety and productivity challenges.
The key to Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and Foreign Material Exclusion (FME) is controlling the environment where the damage can occur. RFID is becoming an indispensable industry tool thanks to its ability to automatically monitor environments, detect foreign objects and prevent problems.
Aerospace manufacturing and maintenance organizations are embedding RFID tags in tools, parts, and materials to gain continuous, real-time visibility of their assets, helping them prevent FOD.
Unattended readers can issue alerts if tag objects are removed from authorized areas or left unattended and can be used for automated check-in-check out procedures.
RFID can maintain the integrity of FME zones by automatically tracking objects that enter and leave a zone. Unattended read portals can automatically detect and record objects and issue alerts if prohibited items are entering or being left in the area. The more items that can be tracked with RFID, the more effective the system will be.