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Weir Oil & Gas intros RFID fleet-maintenance system, mobile app ••• SmartMetric, Grupo Datco sign dealership agreement for RFID security cards ••• Global Market Insights says IoT health-care market will surpass $10 billion by 2024 ••• Future Market Insights predicts RFID printer market will expand in coming years ••• IBM, Cisco collaborate on intelligent IoT platform ••• STMicroelectronics, Jorjin offer Sigfox IoT modules with dual RF connectivity ••• Penske Corp., Hitachi partner to improve vehicle performance via IoT.
By Rich Handley
May 03, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Weir Oil & Gas; SmartMetric, Grupo Datco; Global Market Insights; Future Market Insights; IBM, Cisco; STMicroelectronics, Jorjin Technologies, Sigfox; Penske Corp., and Hitachi.

Weir Oil & Gas Intros RFID Fleet-Maintenance System, Mobile App

Weir Oil & Gas, an upstream provider of pressure-pumping and pressure-control equipment and services, has introduced its second-generation SPM RFID technology and RFID Mobile App. The RFID enhancements enable iron fleet maintenance in the field, including in remote locations plagued with low Internet or cellular connections.

Maintaining an iron fleet has traditionally been a time-intensive, labor-intensive and error-prone process, the company reports, that relies on manual data collection and physically storing printed certificates. This approach results in millions of dollars lost due to the inability to produce required certificates for uninterrupted operation. For a 900-piece fleet of iron, Weir notes, it typically takes three employees three days to account for all iron in the field, whereas Weir's RFID AMP technology allows that amount of iron to be tagged and accounted for within less than 60 minutes. The system utilizes optical character recognition technology, and operators can upload certificates into a storage location in the cloud for immediate retrieval.

Features include the ability to scan certificates offline for uninterrupted workflow, regardless of Internet or cellular signal strength; to use asset details to view the status of items operators wish to edit on Weir's mobile app; and to write new tags for items, even if operators are away from a connected network.

The RFID Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android devices, supports and speeds up testing and inspection processes by identifying assets by serial number. This allows personnel to perform an inventory of parts, instantly recall last certificates filed and organize the iron in the database, based on its assigned unit. Operators can track every piece of iron anywhere in the world at any moment, the company claims.

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