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William Frick launches RFID label for inventory tracking by utilities

Iain Morris
August 27, 2014

Radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology developer William Frick & Company has expanded its product line-up with the inclusion of a new “insulator label” aimed at electric utilities.

The company says the new RFID label can be used by utilities for future maintenance and inventory tracking purposes.

It says many utilities are discovering the advantages of outfitting insulators and other equipment with RFID tags as they modernize their systems.

William Frick (Libertyville, IL, USA) argues that the management, deployment and replacement of insulators using RFID will bring greater accuracy and efficiency to the process of power delivery.

The SmartMark WF-SM-SI01, as the new label is branded, is specifically designed for industrial insulators and features a passive UHF RFID antenna with a long-read range of up to 35 feet.

Utilities can employ the device using a standard RFID reader, allowing them to track insulators and other assets as they enter and exit storage facilities and yards.

The WF-SM-SI01 also features “excellent adhesive properties”, says William Frick, making it ideal for silicone and polymer electric insulators to which many labels will not adhere.

The company says the label comes with a peel-and-stick adhesive that bonds securely to insulator surfaces like glass, porcelain and silicone.
 
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