RFID LIFTS RIGGING SUPPLY INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION VALIDATION TO A NEW LEVEL

With RFID, Bairstow Lifting Products has rigged a new approach to inventory inspection and certification validation that’s sure to hold its weight with customers.


Background


Bairstow Lifting Products, Co. is a leader in fabricating and distributing custom rigging supplies and fall protection solutions. Its products are used in industries such as construction, power generation and utility operations, industrial manufacturing and fire and rescue services to protect the integrity of companies’ fiscal operations and safeguard employees who engage in hazardous work.


Challenge

 

  • Bairstow wanted to offer RFID tagging as a value-added service to its customers, to provide them with an efficient, accurate way to inspect and validate the certification of its products.
  • The company sought a cost-effective solution that would integrate into its existing tagging system, reducing the cost and complexity of implementing RFID technology.
  • Since Bairstow’s products experience repeated usage, the RFID applications must withstand physical degradation, shock, UV radiation, temperature variability and moisture.


Solution

 

  • The tagging solution leverages MiniTrack™ HF RFID tags and two customized, low-profile, small-format tags developed by Marnlen RFiD that affix to existing tags and Bairstow’s rigging and fall protection products.
  • One application is designed for Bairstow’s non-metal products, which are made of polyester, nylon, rope and other materials, while one is made for its metal products, which include wire and steel.
  • Both tags provide exceptional rigidity and adhesion to diverse surfaces; the metal application uses special materials to preserve RFID tags’ readability.


Success

 

  • Customers can use handheld RFID readers to scan tags in the field, streamlining the certification process and eliminating the physical paperwork and human error associated with manual processes.
  • They also can integrate data into their backend systems, improving asset tracking and equipment uptime.
  • The solution allows Bairstow to reap the benefits of RFID technology -- driving cost and waste out of critical processes -- without making drastic changes to existing operations.
  • This approach could be used by other complex industry companies that generate smaller volumes than those traditionally associated with RFID technology.