RFID Transforming the Oil & Gas Industry

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has transformed several industres like automation, manufacturing, medical science, retail, telecommunications, and the oil and gas industry. RFID applications are being extensively used in the oil and gas industry for improved operational efficiencies, better production and safety of workers and equipments. RFID technologies like tags/readers provide a strong and durable solution for several processes like asset management, administration, operations, and production and distribution in the oil and gas industry. These technologies ensure smooth operation from the facility to the actual delivery of the final product. How RFID helps in Operations? RFID technologies are used by the oil and natural gas industry during exploration or production of crude oil and gas. RFID tags or readers are attached to the drilling pipes for in-depth measurment, pipe health and to measure the estimated depth in which oil is available. RFID tags provides information related to underground temperature, flow rate velocity, stress, and mud composition. The used pipes and drills are also tagged with RFID’s that provides information related to pipe’s identification number, age, legth, number of times used for drilling, recent job ID, etc. This procedure helps oil drilling companies to select the proper equipments required for their operations. How RFID helps in the construction and maintenance of Oil and Gas facilities? RFID technologies are used extensively in the facilities/oil rigs, where the pipelines and other equipments endure harsh extreme temperatures due to which they erode very quickly and sometimes lead to loss of oil and danger to the marine life. To maintain these equipments and units, RFID tags are used to identify individual pipeline joints and their assembly, oil leakage from the pipes, pipeline joint pressure, proper assembling of the pipework equipments during exploration, and unreachable pipes or flanges. RFID tags are also attached to underwater equipments to identify factors that may be harmful for the undersea marine system. The tags assists in tracing remote vehicles and divers who work in remote areas finding excavation sites. RFID’s that are compatible with metal surfaces are being used for all oil drilling, exploration and transportation equipments. How RFID provides safety and security measures? The RFID’s are also used for the safety and security of the workers in the facilities. RFID badges combined with GPS technology is being given to workers and divers during their field work. The badges help to trace and rescue workers in case of any incident. Workers in the exploration facilities/rigs are also provided with safety equipments that are mandatory for every worker. RFID readers verifies the equipments when a worker passes through gates located in the actual sites, work duration and location of workers, presence of any unauthorized person in the facility is detected, and headcounts are taken after every fire drill. How RFID helps in the administration processes? The RFID badges given to workers enables to track daily attendance, entry/exit timings, activity logs and even parking facilities. The parking area is covered under the RFID transponders, that helps to automate authorization and logging entry or exit of vehicles. For handling document inventory and tracking application, handheld RFID reader is integrated to PDA that can read RFID tags attached to documents. RFIDs also provides assistance in document management systems.   GAO RFID offers a variety of RFID readers and RFID tags for all offshore drilling rig as well as onshore processes. Our equipments and devices are robust and adaptable in any environment. Our applications are ideal for the oil and gas facilities and also in the complete overall process of exploration to delivery of the final product.]]>


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