Is There an RFID Tag Suitable for Use on OCTG Pipes?

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Ask The ExpertsIs There an RFID Tag Suitable for Use on OCTG Pipes?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

Are such tags available for purchase?

—Name withheld


By “OTCG,” I presume you mean oil pipes (I looked up the acronym and found that it stands for “oil country tubular goods,” a term I had not heard before). There are a variety of tags available for use on oil pipes.

Weatherford International, an oil services firm, makes such a tag. It is being used by Petrobras and others (see Petrobras Opts for RFID to Track Drill Pipe).

Statoil is using low-frequency (LF) tags from Norwegian RFID firm Trac ID Systems.

InfoChip makes a high-frequency (HF) tag that can be inserted into a small, shallow hole drilled into pipe.

William Frick & Co. offers passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags in rubber rings that can be fitted around drill pipes, as well as other form factors that might work.

Finally, Harting, The Tag Factory, Omni-ID and others make tags for harsh environments. One of these companies might have a tag that would work on drill pipes.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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