RFID is used to prove that necessary maintenance work on valves, actuators, drives, and other critical equipment used in chemical and pharmaceutical process equipment has been performed as required. In cases where this equipment supports safety-relevant functions, maintenance work must be documented according to specific rules and regulations.
Efficient maintenance of safety-relevant equipment to prevent unscheduled downtime.
RFID tags are attached to all critical process systems, making a variety of form factors and supported mounting options necessary. Mobile read/write handhelds require a long battery life, but more importantly, they need to be able to support application-specific user interfaces and run a custom program in order to make these applications possible.
The handheld read/write units are only slightly larger than a mobile phone and are easy to carry. These units read the RFID tags that are placed on each piece of maintained equipment, and it's easy to verify that maintenance personnel worked on the equipment. The information can be stored on the RFID tag or downloaded from a central control system.