Using RFID to Improve Identification and Maintenance

By Doug

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Gear motors are installed in conveyor systems, roller coasters and other large equipment, and users must regularly maintain them in order to ensure their proper operation. The gear motors can be difficult to access, and personnel often must shut down a belt or other equipment, and then crawl under or into machinery to examine the unit’s housing and its printed serial number or bar code, in order to identify that item and then order a replacement. A global electronics company is installing RFID-enabled technology into a series of electric gear motors that will enable users to more easily track the units, as well as their maintenance history and order replacements. Learn how the firm is using an RFID label in the nameplate of each electric gear motor it produces, so that customers can quickly identify a motor even when it is installed in a hard-to-access location