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McDermott Sees Gains From RFID Tracking in Indonesia
The oil and gas construction company tested the use of RFID to monitor and track pipes being fabricated onsite, with preliminary results showing that the technology reduces the labor required to track inventory, while improving work-in-progress visibility.
Apr 18, 2012—McDermott Inc., an offshore engineering and construction firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, is reviewing the results of a 10-month-long radio frequency identification pilot. Once this is complete, the company hopes to expand the project to additional sites.
At its facility on the Indonesian island of Batam, McDermott fabricates metal pipes for installation within a processing platform or plant. The company tested the use of EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags to track the pipes throughout the fabrication process, as well as monitor the items stored in the laydown yard, in order to help improve planning, work execution, progress reporting and materials management.
McDermott is composed of engineering, procurement, construction and installation divisions focused on executing complex offshore oil and gas projects worldwide. The company provides fixed and floating production facilities, pipelines and subsea systems, and its customers include national and major energy firms. Each project is custom-made, with the materials used varying and dependent on the particular product, location and customer.
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