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RFID News Roundup

Weir Oil & Gas upgrades its RFID-based service platform ••• Samsung SDS, Telensa partner on smart-city solutions ••• ERM Advanced Telematics, Altair Semiconductor team up on automotive IoT asset-tracking tech ••• Smart Cities for All, AT&T collaborate on smart-city playbook focused on disabilities ••• Frost & Sullivan recognizes Nordic ID's RFID retail checkout systems ••• Polte, GeoTraq offer mobile IoT asset trackers.
By Rich Handley
May 09, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Weir Oil & Gas; Samsung SDS, Telensa; ERM Advanced Telematics, Altair Semiconductor; Smart Cities for All, AT&T; Nordic ID; Polte, and GeoTraq.

Weir Oil & Gas Upgrades Its RFID-based Service Platform

Weir Oil & Gas, an upstream provider of pressure-pumping and pressure-control equipment and services, has announced enhancements to its Weir Edge Services platform. These enhancements are intended to reduce downtime and cost of ownership, the company reports, and to expand support for operators across the globe.

Weir says its engineering team can support operators globally with repairs that identify the root cause of equipment issues, in order to prevent reoccurrences. Warrantied equipment repairs take an engineered approach to restoring equipment to like-new conditions and extending its life, leveraging a 13-point flow, 16-point pump and 19-point fluid end repair process. Operators have visibility to review this process through SPM RFID/AMP, Weir's RFID and asset-management program.

According to the company, maintenance instructions are printed directly on equipment, such as its new SPM EXL Frac Pump, to help field teams properly maintain components and reduce downtime. A digitally enabled training platform will be available at the end of 2019's second quarter, which will provide customers with access to supporting materials like running procedures, manuals and expert advice. These new capabilities are intended to enhance existing tools, such as RFID and AMP, and to address the challenges operators can face with onboarding field teams burdened by the need to maintain a broad range of equipment on site.

For access to aftermarket parts, Weir Edge Services offers EdgeX Expendable Parts and Mobile Trailers, which can be deployed to operators' sites and provide on-the-shelf inventory for expendable parts. This provides customers with on-demand consignment inventory that increases uptime and lowers inventory cost at frac sites.

"Weir understands that reducing downtime and lowering total cost of ownership are essential in order to remain competitive in today's marketplace," said David Paterson, Weir's pressure pumping president, in a prepared statement. "Our expanded, three-pronged approach to Weir Edge Services ensures our customers' operations are functioning at the highest level possible with exceptional access to engineering experts and extensive equipment repairs, aftermarket support, and digitally enabled empowerment tools that enable tracking assets, employee training and equipment maintenance, among others. We believe that by leveraging these offerings globally, this enhanced approach to our Weir Edge Services program will deliver a competitive edge to operators."

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