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How to use RFID in industrial workflow operations?

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Nedap is the leading expert for long-range Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems for Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI). Often we receive questions on exactly how RFID technology adds value to industrial AVI. Characterized by complex operations, often under harsh environmental conditions, the challenge at industrial plants is to improve process automation while ensuring proper management of safety and security.

Nedap enables authorized trucks to be properly processed at all stages in plant operations. In oil & gas, power, waste, chemical and dry product industries all over the world, Nedap’s advanced technology is applied to improve secure, safe and reliable workflow operations.

In this article Nedap highlights automatic identification systems that operate in various challenging industrial environments.

Vehicle access control

Automatic identification offers authorized vehicles fast, convenient and secure access at gates and reliable vehicle tracking at strategic positions at the mine premises. Vehicle access control traditionally requires the driver to stop and to present a badge, which results in traffic congestion, dangerous situations and insecure identification. Nedap’s systems are built for fast, reliable and secure hands-free identification in the most challenging industrial environments.

Truck process automation

Vehicle identification at mining premises is applied to automate vehicle related processes as well. Trucks that come to a site are identified automatically and are granted access to the premises when authorized. At the designated area trucks can be loaded or unloaded. The weighing information can be linked to the vehicle identification number. Trucks are closely monitored during each step of the operational process.

Combined driver and vehicle identification 

Combined driver and vehicle identification increases security so you know exactly who was driving where, when and in which vehicle. Simultaneous identification of driver and vehicle is a truly unique solution which offers the ability of high-secure and convenient access to the mining site. This eliminates the unsafe need for drivers to reach out of the vehicle window to present their badge.

The following Nedap products are applied in these applications:

TRANSIT Ultimate
Extremely robust long-range reader, based on semi active RFID technology, which enables automatic vehicle identification up to distances of 10 m (33 ft) and speeds up to 200 km/h (125 mph).

Heavy Duty Tag & Window Button
Durable tag for vehicle identification up to 10 meters. The Window Button can be placed behind the windshield of trucks. Heavy Duty Tag is ATEX certified and ideal for tamperproof mounting on the exterior of vehicles and other equipment that need to be tracked.

Booster 2G
Patented solution for combined vehicle and driver identification. This in-vehicle device consists of a vehicle identification number and reads and boosts latest card technologies up to distances of 10 meters.

uPASS Access
Small yet powerful UHF reader for hands-free employee identification. It reads normal personal access badges at distances of up to 2 meters using UHF cards. uPASS Access also supports combi card technologies: UHF with HID, Legic, Mifare, FeliCa, EM and Nedap.