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Going Mobile With Field ID and RFID
The potential efficiencies in managing your company’s safety and inspection processes are colossal. That’s why it is important to give safety managers, inspectors (both internal and third-party), certifiers and executives the most efficient tools available to maximize safety and compliance; increase inspection and audit efficiency; increase productivity; and reduce liability. With embedded RFID tags and the Field ID Application, you instantly can scan and inspect your equipment, saving time and increasing safety.
What is RFID?
With all the benefits RFID provides, it’s no wonder most fall protection manufacturers are choosing to embed RFID tags in standard equipment and develop their own RFID safety systems. Once companies start using RFID systems for fall protection equipment, it’s hard to imagine going back.
How does RFID work?
An RFID system consists of three components: a tag (or multiple tags), a PDA reader or interrogator, and a web portal or the necessary supporting infrastructure (both hardware and software). Generally, an RFID tag or marker is attached to a piece of equipment, giving that item a unique identifier.
When tracking and recording safety equipment, RFID can standardize the process and significantly improve efficiency. Estimates have shown that companies utilizing RFID technology can improve effectiveness by nearly 50 percent – just in time saved – when using RFID instead of a hand-written recording system.
As it pertains to fall protection, an RFID system can enable the user to quickly pin point the location of personal protective equipment (PPE), in real time, and also can apprise you of the current working condition of said PPE, for example.
What is Field ID?
The Field ID App advantage
In conclusion, fall protection equipment embedded with RFID technology and Field ID simply makes managing a safety program easier and more cost effective. Since many manufacturers have come to recognize the inherent value and advantages this technology can provide, companies such as MSA now are integrating RDIF and Field ID technology into their PPE product line as an added benefit for end-users.
MSA’s fall protection products such as the EVOTECH Full Body Harness, the Workman Self-Retracting Lanyard and the Workman Twin Leg Personal Fall Limiter come equipped with Field ID and RFID. With embedded RFID tags and the Field ID App, you instantly can scan and inspect your equipment, saving time and increasing safety.
So, when purchasing new fall protection equipment, it is to your benefit to determine whether the product offers RFID and Field ID to help you realize your potential efficiencies in managing your company’s safety and inspection processes.
Rob Senko is MSA Customer Development Manager, Fall Protection, and Trish Luedtke is Marketing Copy Writer, MSA. For more information, call 724-776-8740, or visit www.MSAsafety.com.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:50|