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Irish Lift Equipment Company Offering HF RFID-Based Inspections

Ireland's Electricity Supply Board utility is among the businesses using passive 13.56 MHz RFID tags on its lifting machines to ensure the automated capture of safety equipment testing and inventory-management data.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 28, 2018

Anderco Lifting, one of Ireland's largest lift equipment testing and inspection companies, is employing a high-frequency (HF) RFID solution to improve the efficiency of inspections of the lift equipment that its customers use at construction sites. The system was taken live in July 2018, and the data collected is being accessed by utilities and several other customers to which Anderco provides six-month cycle inspections.

The solution, consisting of an app, a cloud-based server and passive 13.56 MHz RFID tags, is provided by CoreRFID. Anderco not only provides the system (known as CheckedOK) with its own maintenance service, but also sells it to customers for inventory-management purposes.

The Electricity Supply Board utility is affixing RFID tags to its lifts.
Anderco has been providing inspection and maintenance services to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) for several months, and the utility company has now begun employing the solution for its own purposes, such as managing mobile assets. In fact, ever since the firm began offering the system with its inspection services, it has found that the RFID technology attracts the interest of customers for a variety of inventory-management solutions, says Gerard D'Arcy, Anderco Lifting's height safety engineer. It expects a boost in business to meet those demands.

Anderco, based in the city of Cork, sells work clothing, protective gear, and fall protection, personal protective equipment (PPE) and lifting equipment. It also provides inspection services throughout Ireland for such companies as utilities, chemical plants, and construction and petroleum firms. The company has been in the lifting equipment business for four decades, D'Arcy says. It both sells and leases equipment to customers, while providing inspections at its own facility, as well as on location for customers that use or have purchased its equipment. Moreover, the company provides first-aid and other training courses.

In recent years, Anderco has been exploring software-based solutions that would help manage the inspection of equipment at customers' sites. When the company has dispatched inspectors to customer locations throughout Ireland, they have traditionally needed to manually record the equipment they test, along with the results of that testing, then forward that information to Anderco's office. In addition, they supply a certificate to each customer indicating that its equipment has been properly inspected for use. That process could take several days, especially for equipment inspected offshore, such as on oil rigs.

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