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RUD and Its Customers Track Lifting Equipment With RFID
The German company is tagging its lifting products with HF RFID tags from Neosid, making it easier for RUD to track inventory and manufacturing history, and for its customers to track inspection and maintenance.
Feb 10, 2014—
German lifting equipment and chain systems company RUD is inserting RFID transponders into all the products it makes, as well as providing access to data about each item for customers that wish to automatically track inspection, maintenance and other records. Ferrites and inductive components company Neosid is providing the tags, while RUD is using its own software for accessing data related to lifting products it makes.
RUD has spent at least five years experimenting with RFID technology solutions that would enable it as well as its customers to better track the history of the steel chains, rings and links used for lifting heavy objects, but in the past two years has begun tagging all of its new products, and offering access to data about each item on a hosted server. RUD's software also makes it possible for its customers to use the RFID tag ID numbers to access and store data related to each RUD device it inspects and maintains.
RUD is one of the market leaders in chains and lifting equipment, in Europe as well as worldwide. About five years ago the company began exploring RFID options to automatically identify the equipment. Because the integrity and reliability of the equipment is so important to safety issues on a construction site, manufacturing facility or other industrial locations in which heavy items are being suspended, each item must be inspected regularly and records of inspections and usage must be stored about each piece.
The company began embedding 8-millimeter-wide HF 13.56 MHz passive RFID transponders, compliant with ISO 15693 standard, into some of its larger products, such as hooks and balances for lifting chains used for large containers or manufacturing equipment. However, the tags were too large to attach to smaller items, such as smaller hooks and clips on lifting devices.
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