Applying RFID to the Peat Extraction Industry

Throughout Canada and the U.S., peat is a primary source of energy that can offset the need to burn coal. According to the Ministry of Energy 8 million tonnes of peat fuel can generate 3200 Mw of electrical power at only 8 cents or less per kWh.

Canada has 25 percent of the world’s 1 billion acres of peatland , and peat fuel is a cleaner energy source than burning coal and is more economical than wood fibre. Burning peat as a fuel source is also a superior substitute for coal in power generating stations.

Peat extraction has many applications including the following:

  1. Esthetic care: Peat mud is commonly used in massage therapy, it aids in relaxation and invigorates the bloodstream. After peat is applied to the skin the patient will experience heat. Peat has many well-known health effects for the human body including pharmacological properties.
  2. Biofiltration: Low cost biofiltration units are environmentally sustainable and low cost. Peat can easily trap odours and noxious fumes.
  3. Wastewater treatment: Canadian sphagnum peat moss absorbs air and water like a sponge. Being very absorbent sphagnum peat moss is very effective when utilized in wastewater treatment systems. The porosity of this fibrous material retains the effluent from natural bodies of water.

 Exploring RFID in the Peat Extraction Industry

The Canadian Horticultural Peat industry is responsible for traditional vacuum harvest (VH) and block cut (BC) extraction processes. The harvesting of peat moss is sustainable and a greener method of energy utilization.

The extraction of peat moss is performed using the following two methods:

  • Milling method – the removal of thin layers of peat deposits. The milled peat layer allows for faster drying. The retention of the moisture
  • Sod peat extraction – molding of peat into bricks

The Peat Extraction industry faces many challenges every day, we, at GAO RFID, understand your challenges, and we have extensive experience and can apply our knowledge to provide you with a custom solution that may help you to make business processes simpler and more efficient, including:

  • Tracking Assets and Equipment
  • Managing Inventory
  • Tracking Live Plant Cultures
  • Monitoring Personnel

Applying Asset Tracking

Some examples of peat extraction machinery includes the following:

  • Two Head Vacuum Peat Harvesting Machine
  • Harrows
  • Root and Stump Picker
  • Peat Quality Control
  • Loading Ramp
  • Peat Trailer
  • Net Weigh Scale
  • Open Mouth Bagger
  • Valve Bag Sealers
  • Robotic Case Bagger
  • Robotic Palletizers
  • Belt Conveyors

Rugged RFID Tags can be embedded on all machinery involved in the extraction process. Peat extraction supervisors responsible for the maintenance and replacement of machinery can easily create a computerized log that indicates when every machine’s service history and alert managers when equipment need maintenance.

In addition, the machinery used in the industry are very expensive and must be monitored to prevent loss. With the Rugged RFID Tags installed, the machinery location can be tracked in real-time by managers and alerts will be sent if any equipment travels offsite. This helps managers know that their assets are safe and sound on the premises.

Once extracted, peat can be air dried or artificially dried. For transportation purposes peat is arranged in cylindrical or brick shapes. Sizes range from 10 to 30 cm long, all peat is compressed during production. Piles of peat briquettes or pellets can be implanted with Rugged RFID tagging for transport, this ensures all inventory is tracked in real-time and confirm its safe arrival at its final destination.

The transplanting of live sphagnum plants to offset harvesting can be aided with the use of RFID Tags on live plant cultures. Environmentalists can track the replanting of bogs after they have been harvested. The restoration of the bogs is necessary for the continuous supply of peat for organizations.

Applying People Tracking

We can apply our knowledge that we have gained from our experience using RFID to track people to monitor personnel who are employed extracting peat moss is readily available with the inclusion of long range RFID readers on all work sites. Supervisors can track the location and the start and end times of employee shifts and locate their positions in real-time. All of this information is available as reports on the database, or can be imported into your existing payroll software to streamline your payroll process. Personnel Tracking not only creates business efficiencies, but also heightens the level of safety on the premises.

Integrating with your Existing Management Software

GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.

GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine, incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. It can seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.

Our team comprises of seasoned professionals who have the capability to combine our RFID experience with your industry experience and provide a customized solution that will smoothly integratethe appropriate RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your management system.

We can work with you to integrate the RFID tracking data collected from our custom solution with today’s leading information management systems in your industry.

List of Relevant Information Management Systems

Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems can be configured for your organization.