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Simplifying Inventory Management with Mobile RFID Tracking

aegex10 IS Tablets + Extronics iRFID500 Reader

The Challenge

A large industrial company seeks a mobile solution that would improve the efficiency and accuracy of inventory tracking and record-keeping. Specifically, the company would like to be able to:

  • Track assets such as drill pipes or other tools
  • Complete inventory counts on weekly, monthly and annual bases
  • Record and report inspection data onsite
  • Access real-time, actionable reports
  • Be alerted to potential issues before they become critical
  • Communicate in real time with personnel
  • Demonstrate regulatory compliance

To perform these functions, personnel would need a tool that can scan and track inventory, along with a corresponding mobile computing device that is certified for IECEx Zone 1 areas, that would help them to complete these tasks in real time.

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The Solution

Hardware - aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet

Using the Windows-based Aegex10 IS Tablet, operators can access the Windows 10 apps, cloud services and third-party apps approved by their organization, even in the most volatile hazardous areas (ATEX/IECEx Zone 1; Class I, II,III Division 1). Certified for IECEx Zone 1 hazardous location, as well as equivalent areas in Europe (ATEX Zone 1) and North America (Class I, II, III Division 1), the Aegex10 operates on Wi-Fi or 4G LTE from any hazardous location around the globe on a unified platform. The 10.1-inch Aegex tablet is rated IP65 rugged for industrial use, yet is lightweight and priced as low as non-certified devices. Its Windows 10 operating system gives users uniform access to the Microsoft cloud, plus easily connects with apps and services, including tools like those of Extronics.

Hardware – Extronics iRFID500

Extronics, a U.K.-based manufacturer of technology solutions for industrial and hazardous environments, can provide a handheld Bluetooth passive UHF RFID reader to be used in conjunction with the Aegex10 IS Tablet. The Extronics iRFID500 handheld Bluetooth passive UHF RFID reader helps streamline business processes, including tracking assets, monitoring maintenance tasks and planning, and demonstrating regulatory compliance. This RFID inventory management solution tracks items’ unique RFID tags and provides information about their movement and location. It connects via Bluetooth technology to smart mobile devices, such as the Aegex10 IS Tablet.

Hardware – Extronics iTAG500

Extronics also provide a comprehensive range of passive UHF RFID tags that are fully certified as intrinsically safe and designed for use in the most hazardous areas, in accordance with ATEX, IECEx, and North American standards. iTAG500 includes a large variety of tag options, including broadband operating ranges for global functionality, so customers can choose a tag that meets their application requirements. With excellent read performance up to 35 meters in metallic environments that are common in industrial environments and round liquids, the iTAG500 range is extremely rugged and durable.

The Results

With the Aegex10 IS Tablet and the Extronics iRFID500, stockyard personnel could enter the most volatile hazardous areas (IECEx Zone 1) and more easily and accurately locate the correct equipment, count inventory, and manage to report without fear of causing an explosion. Using the Aegex tablet and the Extronics iRFID500 with iTAG500 tags, inspectors could:

  • Scan the RFID tag of each piece of equipment with the iRFID500
  • View related documentation for each asset on the Aegex10 IS Tablet
  • Record inspection data on corresponding apps on the Aegex10
  • Count inventory and record data
  • Share data over Wi-Fi or 4G LTE
  • Upload data to a server for online storage With the Aegex10 IS Tablet, operators could also use a number of Windows 10 applications to communicate information to teammates, such as:
    • Opening a Skype for Business line to speak directly and show visually
    • Using Exchange/Outlook to email photos or other data
    • Uploading information to a Microsoft cloud-based platform The Extronics solution can be used anywhere in hazardous locations via the Aegex10 IS Tablet.

Tag reads are also viewable offline on the tablet when wireless networks are not available. The solution is transferrable across different geographies since the Aegex10 IS Tablet is certified worldwide. The Aegex10 IS Tablet + Extronics iRFID500 solution reduces mistakes in inventory data capture, and makes record-keeping simpler and more efficient, even in hazardous areas.

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About Aegex: Aegex is a technology engineering and design company that provides intrinsically safe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Our globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablet, sensors and partner monitoring systems, form an IoT platform that manages big data to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in hazardous industrial environments in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.

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Provides solutions for hazardous areas and industrial environments including the iRFID500 handheld passive RFID reader that tracks assets and monitors maintenance and planning.