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RFID for Oil and Gas

As anyone in the oil and gas business knows, the failure of a single piece of on-site equipment can cause drilling to come to an abrupt – and costly – halt. To avoid this undesirable state of affairs, it’s essential that equipment be managed, monitored and maintained in strict accordance with specifications and best practices.

Oil and Gas RFID SolutionsDone manually, this is a daunting task. With thousands of parts to keep track of and a limited number of man-hours to do it all, mistakes can happen. And those mistakes can be a big deal.

That’s where RFID comes in. Properly deployed, an RFID system can essentially automate oil field asset tracking, lifecycle management and part identification. And when the RFID solution utilizes field-proven technology (like Vizinex’s ViziCore), it can stand up to the rigors of even the most remote and challenging drilling sites.

Why Use RFID For Oil Field Asset Tracking?

Utilizing RFID for oil field asset tracking allows drilling firms to significantly streamline workflows, provide a safer environment for personnel and minimize the chances that a manual error will result in site downtime.

When affixed with RFID tags, pieces of equipment can be instantly identified, and key data can be accessed on the spot. This results in a number of benefits, including:

  • Quick, easy, clean and detailed item identification
  • Significant reductions in lost and misplaced equipment
  • Easier tracking of usage cycles and routine maintenance
  • Earlier indication that new parts need to be ordered
  • Countless hours of time saved tracking down specific pieces

In addition, rugged RFID tags – like those engineered with ViziCore technology – can be used for the tracking of bore hole assets. Tags for this purpose must be capable of surviving truly extreme environments – 30,000 PSI, 450 degrees Fahrenheit and contact with corrosive chemicals – for hundreds of hours at a stretch. But when correctly engineered, developed, produced and installed, such RFID tags can create significant ROI.

Vizinex has developed custom RFID tags for a number of drilling sites, including a passive UHF tag for metal drilling tools designed to withstand 1,000 hours underground with pressures as high as 30,000 PSI and temperatures above 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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