RFID tracking is used in many industries. The combination of material, transponder, reading distance and surroundings decides on the use of it.
RFID tracking for inventory management
A good example is tracking products for asset management, where RFID systems simplify the identification and management of valuable tools or equipment substantially. For this, the product to be labelled just needs to be fitted with one of HellermannTyton RFID cable ties that has been programmed with a unique code.
You can either link the pre-programmed code with a database or add specific code requirements according to your database needs.
Read one example for RFID tracking of our case studies on our HellermannTyton Blog.
The fact that each component is traceable also benefits the goods receipt. Costs become more transparent, processes along the value stream can be optimized. Product counterfeits are easier to identify. The use of RFID cables makes them completely impossible: once a cable connector is cut off, it can not be reused - because each RFID chip has a unique ID. The RFID cable ties guarantee the authenticity of the information stored on them.
RFID tracking for wind turbines
Take an offshore wind farm as another example for RFID tracking. Engineers need to take commonly used valuable equipment with them on site to fulfil repair or maintenance tasks.
In order to manage the inventory and/or e.g. identify the location of the equipment it can be fitted with an RFID cable tie. The programmed information can be linked to a database that serves as an information and management tool for an easy way of tracking the tools.
With the help of NFC technology (near-field communication) the engineer can communicate with the RFID tie by using an app on their tablet PCs. This way it is e.g. possible to check out the equipment prior to the use and check it back in after finishing the job. The big benefit resulting from such a system is the permanent control, which have both users and administrators of these assets.
Read more about this example for RFID tracking in our RFID blog article.
RFID tracking for hazardous enviroment
Where conditions in the production facility are extreme, such as heat, dirt and liquids, RFID cable ties made of different materials are the ideal solution.
For example hydraulic service which carries out repairs to hoses. Extreme conditions come together here. A mixture of hydraulic oil, screw solution and dirt blurred the conventional product labelling until it was indecipherable. This was very problematic for the service staff. They could no longer identify which type of hose they were dealing with. What is the maximum pressure load of the hose? When was the hose made and installed? Who worked on it last?
The solution for the service company was to use Hellermanntyton RFID cable ties made of metal, which are not affected by oil or heat.
RFID tracking for construction
There are numerous other fields of application for RFID tracking, like crane construction. One example: Previous product labels were difficult to access and were no longer readable because several layers of paint were applied at the customer’s request. Now using HellermannTyton RFID cable ties for identification the information remains permanently readable as the chip is housed in and can withstand harsh environments or layers of paint.
Read more in our RFID blog article.
RFID tracking for automotive industry
Processes are also simplified and optimised in the case of traceability of components. For example, in the case of defects, recalls or the monitoring of maintenance intervals.
Or for product labelling in general, such as when installing elements in automobiles.
Here, the RFID cable tie also acts as a security measure which is more reliable and involves less effort than conventional labelling solutions. If the cable tie is ever cut off it cannot be reused.
The authenticity of the information on the RFID cable tie as product labelling is therefore guaranteed. This means, for example, you can very accurately trace which employee installed which component with which properties in which factory on which day.