RFID in Harsh Environments

October 02, 2012 — 10 AM to 12:15 PM EDT

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HID Global

Companies in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, construction and energy industries are using RFID-enabled technologies to increase operational safety and efficiency, as well as improve financial results. During this virtual event, learn how RFID can be used for asset tracking, personnel safety and equipment maintenance, as well as for speeding up production and shipping processes in harsh and complex environments.

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10:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
10:05 AMRFID Technology for the Oil and Gas Industry
Unlike many other industries, the oil and gas sector typically operates in harsh and hazardous environments, and all technology and equipment functioning under these conditions must be properly certified. However, the financial drivers and goals are to achieve high production with as low capital and operating expenditure as possible, while simultaneously maintaining the safety and security of the plant, personnel and the environment. This presentation will illustrate RFID technologies that can benefit the oil and gas industry, and explain which requirements and challenges must be addressed in order to ensure a successful deployment at a process plant. Examples and experience reports from use cases and pilot installations will be utilized to demonstrate some of the business cases for RFID in oil and gas.
Stig Petersen, Research Scientist, SINTEF ICT
10:40 AMOilfield Services and Equipment Company Uses RFID to Improve Traceability and Materials Control
A leading oilfield services and equipment company recently completed a pilot project utilizing RFID technology to help improve materials management. The initiative focused on the entire work process for rebuilding leasing equipment. The system utilizes extremely hardened RFID tags that are not only weather and chemical-resistant, but also metal-friendly. The tags are attached to the pipe using reliable steel banding with no effect on the readability. Learn how the integrated system resolved problems related to the tracking of equipment and ensuring that maintenance logs were linked to the appropriate piece of equipment. Also hear how the system supports scalability into other work processes and disciplines.
Jack Dowling, President and CEO, VOTUM Technology Group
11:05 AMSuccessful Deployments of Extremely Durable RFID
InfoChip will showcase several successful real-world deployments of extremely durable RFID systems in harsh environments, including oil-field, manufacturing, aerospace, lifting and hose-management applications. From the depths of the Gulf of Mexico to the frigid slopes of Alaska, learn how leading companies are expanding RFID projects from proof-of-concept to enterprise deployment.
Chris Gelowitz, President and CEO, InfoChip
11:20 AMHow to Select the Proper RFID Tags for Harsh Environments
Many tags claim to be suitable for harsh environments, but as different as tags are, so are the definitions of "harsh" for various use cases. Robustness standards can help to separate chaff from wheat. Standards are difficult to read, however, and tend to show up mostly in the form of strange numbers on datasheets. This presentation will explain the most relevant standards, and visualize the test methods associated with each, thereby enabling attendees to better map their needs to datasheet specifications and make the proper tag choice for their particular use cases.
Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product-Management Identification Technologies, HID Global
11:35 AMUsing RFID to Locate Materials in Rugged Conditions
JV Driver Group, a provider of industrial construction services to the oil and gas, energy, petrochemical, forestry and mining sectors, is employing RFID tracking technology that utilizes rugged active tracking tags, chokepoint readers, vehicle readers and handheld interrogators to automate the receiving and locating of materials anywhere at its large industrial construction projects throughout Canada. In March 2011, the firm undertook a 12-month industrial construction project to construct complex pipe-rack and electrical modules within its 80-acre site in Edmonton, Alberta, that would later be shipped to an oil-sands mining site located in Northern Alberta. Tens of thousands of module components and equipment items of varying sizes arrived at Edmonton from around the world, via ocean shipping containers and heavy haul trucks. With so many components arriving at Edmonton within such a short timeframe, it was critical that the materials-management team be able to account for each piece and easily find every component, out of thousands of similar-looking parts in the warehouse or outdoor laydown yards—and in a timely fashion—without holding up a module's construction. Learn how JV Driver Group is utilizing rugged active RFID technology to help automate the receiving and locating of materials anywhere on the construction site.
Mark Carnduff, Director of Technology, JV Driver Group
11:55 AMCustomizing RFID Tags for Harsh Environments
Harsh environments require RFID tags that are rugged and often need creative engineered designs. This presentation will focus on how to get creative with form factor, materials and attachment methods in order to develop tags for your specific application. Learn about the key decision-making required to develop a tag to meet your needs, and hear about successful deployments of extremely durable RFID tags.
Mike Lewis, Business Unit Leader, Xtreme RFID
12:15 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal