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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

Businesses can also download the app for use by their own inspectors, and can use their HF- or NFC-enabled phones or tablets to view the inspection histories of the tagged equipment on their site. When a new customer uses the system, Anderco can tag the equipment on that customer's site, or begin tagging equipment as it sends new products to that user. CoreRFID also offers its own 13.56 MHz HF RFID readers that could be dedicated to interrogating tags for use by inspectors, or in-house at Anderco's office location.

In the future, the system could be utilized with GPS data automatically captured by the tablet, so that the location could be linked to each inspection. This feature could prove useful at large or remote work sites, Ali notes. With the technology, inspectors have reported that the actual inspection process becomes faster and more efficient. "We've been very impressed with how well it works," D'Arcy says.

Customers testing or employing the technology have requested the system's expansion, D'Arcy reports. For instance, they have asked if the tags could be applied to other items that are note necessarily inspected by Anderco—ladders, for instance.

ESB is also testing the system's use for tracking the utility's lifting equipment. In this scenario, a 13.56 MHz passive RFID tag is affixed inside a vehicle's windshield. Each time a driver begins his or her shift, he or she can use an HF or NFC reader to capture the tag ID, then enter that person's own ID into the system, as well as any inspection updates for the vehicle. This creates a record of that inspection, along with who was operating the vehicle on that specific day.

In addition, Anderco offers a new training service for those using the CheckedOK system. CoreRFID tailors the CheckedOK app for each of its clients, Ali says.

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