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RFID News Roundup

CDO Technologies, Brady Corp. intro RFID asset-tracking system ••• Daily RFID unveils new fixed UHF RFID reader ••• Harris Corp. creates RF amplifiers using Nano Dimension 3D printer ••• FogHorn, Dell EMC OEM Solutions partner on Industrial IoT edge computer ••• CoreRFID buys out investor Coalfields Enterprise Fund.
By Rich Handley
Nov 15, 2018

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: CDO Technologies, Brady Corp.; Daily RFID; Harris Corp., Nano Dimension; FogHorn, Dell EMC OEM Solutions; and CoreRFID.

CDO Technologies, Brady Corp. Intro RFID Asset-Tracking System

Businesses that have historically been unable to afford large-scale asset tracking now have access to customizable solutions as a result of a partnership between Brady Worldwide and CDO Technologies. The combination of Brady's CenSys and CDO's Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS) is intended to help businesses locate items and lower infrastructure costs, according to the two companies.

"The benefits of RFID asset tracking are well known, but it hasn't always been accessible for smaller companies," said Al Wofford, CDO Technologies' founder and president, in a prepared statement. "The options we're providing now are customizable and scalable, allowing businesses to compete more effectively with the big players in manufacturing, healthcare, and service industries."

"Typical fixed RFID readers can be quite expensive, often costing several thousand dollars s per reader. Combine that with infrastructure and software needs, and the overall cost investment becomes simply too much for most small to medium businesses," said Wesley Columbia, Brady's global strategy and marketing manager, in the prepared staement. "Requiring only power and a Wi-Fi connection, CenSys has been specifically designed to offer great performance and value at the sub-$1,000 price point while also being simple to install and configure."

The CenSys reader detects the presence and unique identity of passive UHF RFID tags within its field of view, then feeds this information into CATS. The CenSys and CATS combination can connect to a cloud-based or on-premises server. CATS collects data to track asset movement, conduct inventories or monitor work-in-process. Stored data can be integrated with other enterprise systems to construct financial analytics, measure production efficiencies or validate logistical operations.

Because this solution can be based in a cloud-computing environment, the companies explain, businesses can reduce infrastructure costs by eliminating the need for onsite servers and custom software. Lower equipment costs can also be achieved with the strategic placement of readers. "Many customers don't need complete coverage of their facility," Columbia said. "Instead, the last known location provides sufficient relevant data to update their customers or manage high-value items."

For example, multiple lines, finishing processes or manual processes complicate monitoring work-in-progress components, but readers placed at specific production points can make the tracking process smoother. An operator can log into the system to access information and update a customer. Tool tracking is also an application for which expensive or frequently used tools can be tagged, with a series of readers placed in a tool crib or on a workbench. This can reduce the amount of downtime that workers spend searching for missing tools, or the expense of replacing those tools.

"Measurable ROI is definitely important to organizations," said Robert Zielinski, CDO Technologies' director of commercial solutions, in the prepared statement. "By combining an RFID reader with modern Internet of Things processing technology and a dedicated RFID asset-tracking software, we can open up new opportunities for more companies to become efficient and profitable at the same time."

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