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Oil & Gas companies often provide various services and supply upstream and downstream products such as pumps, flow control products and replacement expendable parts for oil field service companies, pressure control surface equipment including wellheads, valves, frac trees, etc. or centrifugal pumps and spare parts for refining and petrochemical industries. Due to immense amounts of parts and equipment that are being produced, shipped and installed every day and the need for certification and regular recertification of these items, their main challenge has been inventory control, certification process and supply chain management.

RFID in oil and gas can be used for tracking steel pipes in crude oil factory during construction.

Solution Overview

RFID4U has developed a solution for valve certification, recertification and inventory tracking using RFID tags and RFID handhelds.

Hardware

RFID handhelds were deployed for mobile reading, certification and writing to tags.

RFID fixed reader portals were placed in strategic positions for inventory control.

Software

A handheld application, which communicates with an ERP system has been performing following tasks:

  • Provide inventory control for valves and other tracked equipment • Create and track work orders
  • Create and track work orders
  • Interface with the corporate ERP to upload and download certification and inventory data, as well as work orders
  • Commission and assign the UHF RFID tags through an easy to use application
  • Write to tag the updated certification data
  • Provide secure user access and visibility controls

To enable tracking individual parts and valves, UHF RFID tags were affixed to each of them, in form of a hanging tag. Each tag has a unique serialized ID number and a barcode printed on a label. The choice of a particular tag is based on the item material, which is most often metal and possibility of attachment, reading distance, need for visible markings such as barcode and other considerations.

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Benefits

  • Elimination of paperwork, all data is electronic
  • Easy to locate a particular item
  • Tag data is read through RF, tags stand better to wear and tear than printed tags
  • Easy and fast inventory of a group of items
  • Instant knowledge of a valve status
  • Certification on the spot, updated data written to the tag
  • Online and offline mode
  • Fast and easy work order assignment
  • Automatic data synchronization with the ERP system
  • Complete view of status of all items with regards of inventory and certification at all times.
Benefits of RFID in Oil and Gas include tracking of assets and their certification, inventory, logistics and access control.

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