https://www.miningweekly.com

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

FUNCTIONAL The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments

FUNCTIONAL The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments

18th January 2019

By: Thabi Shomolekae

Creamer Media Senior Writer

     

Font size: - +

With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the mining industry.

The search for RFID technology applicable to the mining industry is focused on factors such as vibration, high operating temperatures and pressures encountered. This is also in line with Aury Africa’s vision of keeping up to date with such trends as the Internet of Things.

TAMS business development director Dean Parkhouse explained that RFID innovations leader Xerafy and its Roswell ultra-high frequency RFID tags were selected as the ideal solution for South African mining conditions. These offer a variety of attachment options suited to mining equipment, enabling real-time reporting and asset management applications.

In addition, the tags also allow for comprehensive reporting on planned maintenance inspections, for example.

RFID tags are energised through electromagnetic fields which then are used to identify and track objects and equipment. This aids in flow-process inspection and maintenance, and enables compliance reporting with all regulatory requirements. The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments, including cable ties, bands, buckles and bolts. They can be welded, glued or tied onto the required application.

“RFID tags each have their own unique identifier to ensure they can never be duplicated. The system requires a proof of presence, as the person undertaking the inspection has to be within proximity range of the tag with the scanning device to energise and communicate with the tag,” he explains.

RFID technology enables knowledge and operating procedures to be digitised, subsequently transferring the skills to the person who is inspecting the equipment, because maintenance, inspection or standard operating procedures can be downloaded easily for reference, explains Aury Africa director Sydney Parkhouse.

The results registered on the reader are either cloud or server based. Log books can be created for lifting equipment, for example. The RFID technology can therefore effectively be used to create an inspection history for equipment, he adds.

“Aury Africa has several RFID implementation proposals from mines belonging to global mining group Anglo American, platinum group metals miner Lonmin, and coal producer Seriti Resources at present,” Dean concludes.

Edited by Zandile Mavuso
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Features

Comments

Showroom

Booyco Electronics
Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Yale Lifting Solutions
Yale Lifting Solutions

Yale Lifting Solutions is a leading supplier of lifting and material handling equipment in Southern Africa. Yale offers a wide range of quality...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine round up | 12 April 2024
Magazine round up | 12 April 2024
12th April 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.269 0.314s - 176pq - 2rq
1:
1: United States
Subscribe Now
2: United States
2: