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How to Track Assets in Extreme Conditions

Asset tracking in extreme conditions is no easy feat. But with the right RFID solution, companies operating in harsh work environments – such as those in manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, or mining – can keep track of critical assets and equipment.

Tough conditions demand tough equipment.

That’s why companies build important assets like injection molding dies, metal drilling tools and other heavy-duty machinery to withstand extreme conditions like these:

  • Climbing temperatures
  • Intense pressure
  • Powerful vibrations
  • Rough handling
  • Jarring impacts
  • Corrosive chemicals
  • Dirt and grime
  • Water and other liquids

Expensive equipment that operates in and around such hazards constantly risks damage or displacement. So, it’s easy to understand why a company would want to identify and track them at all times. But doing this long term requires more than what average asset tracking solutions can provide. It requires something equal parts tough and durable.

And in most cases, this means RFID tags.

Why RFID Tags Are So Effective In Tough Conditions

The right expert can engineer RFID tags to accommodate any design. This means customizing the tag to whatever requirement the asset demands. This includes:

  • Dimension
  • Function
  • Space
  • Reader range
  • Environment

In harsh conditions, only the toughest, most durable tags can do the job. And they must be able to continue performing cycle after cycle.

For example:

A leading oil and gas equipment/solutions provider needed to find an asset tracking solution that could survive 1,000 hours underground. It was looking for a partner that could develop a passive RFID tag—small data transponders powered by the radio waves received from a querying RFID reader. And it would have to be rugged enough to survive an environment where:

  1. The pressure can reach 30,000 PSI
  2. Temperatures climb to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Corrosive chemicals are common

In another case, Atlanta-based Strategic Systems and Technology Corporation needed an RFID tag that could be embedded into injection molds. These molds were among the company’s most valuable assets, running anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 and higher.

In both instances, it wasn’t enough to just find a good asset tracking solution. Each scenario required exactly the right solution in order to be effective. Let’s find out why that matters.

Why You Shouldn’t Settle for Anything Less than EXACT

Harsh environments vary. But they all require effective asset tracking. This makes it challenging for RFID suppliers to develop a line of tags for any and all scenarios, without going out of business. This is why most RFID suppliers will try to shoehorn one of their existing tags into your design assembly.

But the main problem with this approach is what you get in the end: a tag that can’t actually do the job. Eventually, you will need to find another solution. This backwards way of doing things is a huge waste of precious time and money.

That’s why, at Vizinex, we do it the other way around. We start with your specific needs, and if one of our standard tags doesn’t satisfy all of your application requirements, we design one that does.

Vizinex prefers this approach for one reason: we’re just a bunch of engineers. We are, at heart, problem-solvers with more than two decades of experience designing and deploying RFID tags. As a result, when the solution calls for something custom, we know our development process can engineer exactly the tag you need.

Need help solving your asset tracking problem? We want to help. Discover more about the industries we serve or contact us today to get started.

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