Using RFID to Improve Refinery Maintenance

By Doug

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One of the world’s largest oil companies has implemented 125,000 high-frequency (HF) RFID tags and mobile readers at one of its facilities. The deployment’s objective was to increase efficiencies during a turnaround (or TAR—a planned, periodic shutdown of a refinery process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul and repair operations, and to inspect, test and replace process materials and equipment), and to replace the existing manual, paper-based system. Learn how the firm successfully used the process throughout the TAR, fitting RFID tags to every isolation point, and hear how the system is providing a common refinery data format, as well as real-time reporting capability and a complete blind history usage.