Cross-border R&D developing high-tech monitoring devices
Sophisticated monitoring devices can be a vital tool in a wide range of applications. Tailor-made tagging systems are capable of everything from tracking the movement of cargo to counting the rpm of a single gear in a portable generator. Accurate measurements regarding the wear and tear of equipment and where exactly it's being stored can aid in the proper maintenance and increased productivity of a company's resources. Radio frequency identification (RFID) has proved to be a critical innovation in tracking technologies and two European firms, Plefo Ab of Sweden and Mannings Group in the UK, have taken notice and teamed up to develop a new low-cost efficient tagging system for precious cargo and machinery.
ARTSAFE systems are comprised of wireless RFID tags, a wireless tag reader, the system control computer and an alarm communication system to help companies keep track of their inventory and compile accurate maintenance records for their machines.
“RFID has great potential for use in a wide variety of
applications. Tags can be used to monitor the location and movements
of high-value objects, but they can also monitor the workings
of machinery, helping operators to plan more efficient and economical
maintenance schedules,” explains project coordinator Lucas
Aahlstroem of Plefo Ab.
Mr Aahlstroem envisages a rather large market for the ARTSAFE system.
“These components work together in several different configurations
to offer different levels of security and monitoring capacity
for virtually all valuable objects,” explains Aahlstroem,
“from a motorcycle helmet to the Mona Lisa to a 747 aeroplane.”
“These pumps are portable and are supplied to hire companies
for end user operations at building sites,” Aahlstroem
explains. “Operation of hire equipment fitted with our
RFID devices can be monitored in detail, providing information
on overall run time, for example. This means better awareness
of potential problems and better diagnostics in case of failure.”