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Weir Oil & Gas launches mobile iron asset management solution ••• Elatec intros new development board for RFID modules ••• Datamars Textile ID, Impinj form strategic partnership in RAIN RFID laundry market ••• Murata acquires ID-Solutions ••• Toshiba announces new ICs for BLE smart devices ••• Tyco Retail Solutions joins GS1 Alliance Partner Program ••• Atlas RFID Solutions wins 2017 President's "E" Award.
By Rich Handley
Jun 08, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Weir Oil & Gas; Elatec RFID Systems; Datamars Textile ID, Impinj; Murata, ID-Solutions; Toshiba; Tyco Retail Solutions, GS1 Australia; and Atlas RFID Solutions.

Weir Oil & Gas Launches Mobile Iron Asset Management Solution

Weir Oil & Gas, a provider of pressure pumping and control equipment and services, has announced the launch of a technology designed to bring greater visibility and functionality to how companies manage iron assets from the field. Weir has developed a mobile application for Apple iPhone or Android devices designed to bring many of the benefits of the company's SPM Asset Management Program (AMP) directly to the field.

"Technology has reshaped our industry in a number of ways over the last ten years, but one basic issue that has continued to burden service companies is pinpointing exactly where all of their iron is located," said Chris Hibbert, Weir Oil & Gas' pressure pumping VP of sales and service, in a prepared statement. "We set out to not only help them answer that question, but to go a step further in providing a comprehensive history and insight into asset integrity and performance."

Weir is leveraging RFID technology to register each asset by serial number. Through this technology alone, a spread of iron can be accounted for within minutes, versus hours when compared to the manual process of counting and logging serial numbers by hand. In addition to the substantial time savings, the company reports, this approach reduces human error by automating the inventory process. A customer utilizing the app witnessed a 79 percent reduction in the amount time required to inventory a fleet of iron assets, according to Weir. The inventory of roughly 900 pieces of iron was recorded at serial number level detail, whereas it previously was recorded by product type only.

With SPM AMP and the newly launched mobile app, users can assign assets by crew or unit, as well as view Weir's inspection certificates, so asset managers know the status of each piece of iron and its location within the fleet in real time. Companies required to show inspection certificates on the jobsite can quickly access them via the Weir app and email them to any exploration and production company representative as needed. This, Weir explains, eliminates the time-consuming task of searching stacks of paper for certificates, allowing operators to focus on productivity.

Weir has placed RFID tags on all iron leaving its factory dating back to 2015, enabling it to provide value-added services that can be expanded in the future. Weir also has the capability to retrofit older or competing iron on behalf of its customers.

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