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Mobile RFID Enhances Equipment Maintenance

Mobile RFID read/write handheld with display, keypad, and Bluetooth interface
Mobile RFID read/write handheld with display, keypad, and Bluetooth interface

Industrial RFID is not only used to optimize discrete manufacturing lines, it can also play a vital role in keeping process equipment like vales, actuators, and drives operating reliably.  Just like RFID chip cards can be used to control personnel access to buildings, sections of a plant, or individual machines, tagging a critical component with an RFID tag and then using a mobile handheld reader is another application typically found in process plants. 

Automating record keeping has many advantages including simplifying access to equipment-specific information, streamlining records, keeping preventive maintenance errors to a minimum, and eliminating record falsification. Using suitable RFID tags and a powerful handheld RFID reader enables an effective preventive maintenance program that is not only safer but also more efficient.