Oil & Gas

In the Oil & Gas industry, RFID is increasingly being relied upon for many applications. Total RFID Solutions Inc. is here to help your company implement a custom tailored solution to fit your needs. We will provide the right solution by working with you to choose the right hardware, the right software and the right integration to enable more efficient business processes and a good return on investment.

The Oil & Gas industry is looking for higher operational efficiencies to improve the bottom line while increasing delivered energy volume and sales. The use of RFID in this industry has shown significant return on investment and safety benefits.

RFID usage in Oil & Gas has found a place in all oil & gas sectors including exploration, production, crude delivery, refining and even distribution. Applications for RFID technology within oil & gas include retail sale, access security, logistic and supply chain management, asset tracking and asset management. Below are a select few applications of RFID in Oil & Gas which are gaining traction within the industry.

Joint Assembly in Piping

pipe wrenchIdentifying pipe assemblies for crude delivery and distribution networks has traditionally been the domain of bar code technology. However, RFID has begun to make inroads into this sector because it has been proven to be more reliable. With RFID, the correct torque pressures, required parts or even welding specifications can be stored directly on the pipe enabling and easing the job of correct assembly. Performed work as well as materials used and specifications followed may also be stored to help meet auditing requirements and environmental regulations. RFID tags are much more durable than barcodes and can withstand harsh environments and temperatures for very long periods of time.

Auditing in Refineries

RFID enabled auditing in refineriesSafety and reliability of operations in refineries is a key goal in the refining sector. The cost of downtime due to environmental problems, safety concerns or incidences or process and equipment malfunction can be very large. RFID can be used at inspection points to show operator adherence to inspection protocols and provides the audit trail required for industry standards conformance. The monitoring of critical data and measurements can be improved which in turn means less downtime.


Access Control

RFID access cards enable access control of gates and doors. The movement of people through site can be controlled and monitored. This type of access control can be used to:

  • control access by personnel to certain areas
  • record information about access by personnel and contractors
  • automatically control gates and locks to restricted areas

Access control, when coupled with tagged equipment, can be used to prevent theft. High value or strategic equipment can be tagged and coupled with the access control mechanism. The movement of tagged equipment through the gate or door can be restricted to certain personnel and coupled to the individual who removed it.

With this type of a system it is also possible to monitor who removes and returns equipment. This acts as a sort of library, checking in and out equipment automatically as it is taken or brought back to a monitored or secured area.

 

Asset Tracking and Management

Expensive tools, materials and equipment are being tagged and tracked to enable a more optimal utilization. The usage of tagged assets can be tracked and schedules for the asset can be more easily and accurately planned. Some assets are especially hard to track due to environmental or geographic conditions. In such cases, active RFID tags can be used to automate accurate tracking information. Rented equipment can be tracked for usage und underutilized or unneeded rentals can be identified. Not only can the usage be tracked, geographic location can also be tracked so that personnel can easily and quickly find assets.

Managing assets is a key problem since so much equipment is expensive and maybe even chronically underutilized. The maintenance of such assets can be quite costly. In this case, inspection regimes can be linked with RFID-tagged assets to better estimate required maintenance based on actual asset usage. Detailled maintenance requirements can be linked with each asset such as what type of oil is required by the motor or which wear-and-tear part needs to be replaced and when. Maintenance schedules can be also stored directly on the tagged asset. RFID tagged assets can also track the maintenance to show that required maintenance was performed. The result is less downtime and better managed assets.

The tracking of assets and personnel can also be used to increase worker safety as well as reaction time in the event of accidents. If an accident occurs, personnel can be quickly located and accounted for.

Tools that are RFID tagged can be automatically checked out and checked in as well as assigned to specific users if coupled with RFID access control systems. Misplaced tools can be quickly found and ownership of tools and equipment can be shown based on it's RFID tag.

If you have any asset tracking or asset management needs, contact us and we'll tailor fit a solution to your company's needs.

 

Traceability

For some businesses, the genealogy of a part or a product at every point in its life cycle is required. In the aerospace industry, for example, all parts must be traceable at all times throughout its life cycle. Errors or inaccuracies in data require replacement of the part and that can be expensive. RFID has memory on the tag that can be updated at any point.

The data can be stored both locally and externally in a database creating a redundancy. Because the data is stored and changed directly on the item, useful information such as sensor readings, manufacturing parameters, security codes, version information, inspection dates and warranty information as well as any other conceivable information can be stored on tag and linked to a database. Recalling and service of the product becomes much easier and fake items can be identified quickly. More importantly for the traceability, RFID provides tangible proof in case of investigation into regulatory non-compliance.

Inventory Management

Reduced inventory levels and the traceability of material usage are possible with RFID. Inventory levels can be dynamically set based on production plans and inventory can be automatically reordered once a threshhold is passed. Production slowdowns due to a lack of inventory can be reduced which reducing inventory expenses. Under used or unrequired products can also be identified. All of this serves to simplify and make inventory as lean as possible.

Supply Chain Visibility

RFID systems can foster bettter and more accurate information sharing between your company and suppliers. This leads to:

  • more accurate and timely delivery of supplies making sure you have the right supplies in the right place at the right time and in the right sequence
  • accurate and quick identification of required materials or parts meaning that serious problems due to incorrect materials or parts can be avoided

This all increases your ability to keep within the project timeframe and budget since business processes are more automated. Savings are generated in labor and material costs and late penalties are avoided. In general, inventory costs are lowered while ensuring that required inventory is better stocked and unneeded inventory is eliminated.

Defective and recalled items can be handled accurately and timely and as a small way to help the environment, paper based tracking can be reduced.

 

Customized Solutions

These are just some applications which may reduce your companies cost and increase productivity and safety. Of course, you know your business better than us so if you have another application which might benefit from this technology, we would love to hear from you. Just get in touch with us and we'll be happy to provide some guidance.

 


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