Can I Use RFID Sensors to Monitor Mining Products?

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Ask The ExpertsCan I Use RFID Sensors to Monitor Mining Products?
RFID Journal Staff asked 9 years ago

I am looking for information about sensors that monitor the life expectancy of products, specifically aimed at the mining industry. Is such a product available?

—Name withheld


There are temperature loggers designed to help monitor the shelf life of fresh produce (see RFID Shelf-life Monitoring Helps Resolve Disputes and DOD Considers RFID-based Solutions for Tracking Food's Shelf Life). There are also temperature sensors used in the aerospace industry to monitor the temperature of premade composite material, in pre-impregnated form, which must be kept below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) or colder in order to maintain shelf life (see Aerospace Materials Provider Automates Prepreg Temperature-Tracking).

I am unaware of any solutions specifically made for the mining industry, however. My guess is that if shelf life changes based on time and temperature, as with the above examples, then there probably are RFID products that could help automate the process of checking shelf life and changing out products that are about to expire.

Here are links to some other stories we have published that might prove useful:

RFID News Roundup: RadarFind Offers Temperature-Sensing Tags

AeroScout Intros New Ultrasound and Sensor Wi-Fi RFID Tags

Sensitech's RFID Cold Chain Solution

Georgia High School Football Teams Put RFID Into Play

RFID Shelf-life Monitoring Helps Resolve Disputes

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