RFID in Harsh Environments

Companies in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, construction and manufacturing industries face some special challenges as they seek to use RFID technologies to increase operational safety and efficiency, as well as improve financial results. Tags used for many applications in these sectors must survive high temperatures, extreme cold, physical abuse or exposure to chemicals. During this preconference seminar, learn about the durable tags on the market, how to evaluate tags for your particular applications and how companies in these sectors are successfully using RFID in harsh environments for asset tracking, personnel safety and equipment maintenance, as well as for speeding up production and shipping processes.

Apr. 8 10:30 AM

RFID Basics

New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Apr. 8 11:30 AM

Improving Supply Chain Visibility in the Global Oil and Gas Industry

Swire Oilfield Services, a leading provider of cargo-carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, is using automatic-identification technologies to improve supply chain visibility for the global energy industry. With its products and services being utilized in both onshore and offshore environments, the firm combines technologies enabling customers to improve operational efficiencies while minimizing costs, as well as increasing visibility of high-value and business-critical assets. Learn how the application of a range of auto-ID technologies can achieve high fidelity and automated visibility of equipment and material in the supply chain. In addition, receive insight into some of the many challenges facing supply chain operations in the oil and gas industry, and learn how the application of technology is used to empower operations personnel, by providing access to cloud-based information and delivering qualified alerts in a proactive manner.
Speaker: Chris Hook, Commercial Manager, Track & Trace Solutions, Swire Oilfield Services
Apr. 8 12:15 PM

Lunch

Apr. 8 1:00 PM

RFID Products That Operate in—and Sense—Harsh Environments

Temperature, chemical exposure, sterilization and physical abuse are just some of the challenging environments in which RFID is being used in the automation, medical, energy and transportation sectors. Just overcoming these harsh conditions to provide RFID data capture might not be enough—the products need to sense these conditions. Passive RFID technology needs to connect with external sensors to meet the needs of companies in future RFID deployments. This will provide the baseline for maintenance-free, self-adjusting processes within many different market fields. Learn how RFID can be used to sense and adjust to harsh environments.
Speaker: René Wermke, Product Manager, RFID Transponders, HARTING, Inc. of North America
Apr. 8 1:45 PM

Weatherford Enhances Downhole Drilling Operations Via RFID

Oil and gas drilling requires RFID systems that are operable in the harshest environments and can overcome such issues as frequent extreme vibration, high pressure and temperature, harsh downhole fluids, and extended use and run times. Working collaboratively with Marathon Oil and PetroWell, Weatherford developed a drilling reamer that employs RFID technology to enable multiple, on-demand activations or deactivations any time during the drilling or tripping processes. To test activation or deactivation of a drilling reamer, a field trial was conducted on the Casey Edward well, drilled by Marathon Oil in North Dakota. The field trial, including a total of eight successful activations or deactivations, proved the tool operational. Learn how the drilling reamer reduces operating time, as well as risk, and how overall drilling efficiency is increased and development economics are improved.
Speaker: Eddie Valverde, Global Product Line Manager, Weatherford

Takeaways

  • How the drilling reamer saves from two to six days of drilling or tripping in and out of the hole
  • The benefits of using RFID as an activation method for downhole drilling tools, effectively replacing the antiquated mechanical ball-drop or shear-pin operation
Apr. 8 2:30 PM

Break

Apr. 8 2:45 PM

Choosing the Right RFID Tag for Manufacturing and Harsh Environments

Choosing the proper radio frequency identification tag can be a daunting task, and many tags claim to be suitable for harsh environments. In this session, our panel of experts will discuss how to choose rugged, high-performance tags built to withstand harsh environments and challenging surface applications, based on your needs and requirements.
Moderator: Edson Perin, Editor, RFID Journal Brazil
Panelists:
Apr. 8 3:30 PM

Using RFID To Track Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory have developed several active RFID technologies for nuclear applications by government and civilian industries. ARG-US is licensed for commercial production, and has been deployed at several DOE sites. The software manages dataflow among tags, readers, secured databases and Web servers for nuclear material containers during transportation and storage, including offsite source recovery for global threat reduction. The system is improving safety, security, accountability, worker and public health, and environmental protection during storage, transportation and disposal. Learn about an additional RFID system being developed into a wireless sensor network (WSN) platform for monitoring critical facilities, such as civilian nuclear power plants and spent nuclear fuel storage sites. The Rapid Deployable Global Sensing Hazard Alert System (SAV-EM), developed at Savannah River National Laboratory, uses Iridium satellite communications for tracking, and is credit-card-sized. Find out how SAV-EM can provide worldwide geo-location without GPS, but has a dual GPS-Iridium receiver that automatically switches to GPS when signal strength is sufficient. In addition, an ultra-high-secure 802.11/WiFi connection is used for high-speed short-range link, and can be employed by the oil and gas industry, as well as various federal government organizations.
Speakers: Dr. James M. Shuler, Manager, Packaging Certification Program (PCP), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Brion J. Burghard, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Takeaways

  • How the agency achieved an estimated direct-cost savings of $2.5 million over a span of five years by implementing an RFID-based tracking and temperature-monitoring system at a DOE storage facility
  • How to track and recover radioactive sources in civilian usage—medical facilities, oil and gas exploration, industry radiography and so forth
  • How to employ RFID to reduce radiation exposure to workers, as well as enhance safety, safeguards and security (the "3 S's")
  • How the technology can help the nuclear industry address accidents, such as that which occurred at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant