RFID - Chains of Command

Date: 
10th September 2013

"The RUD Group is a leading supplier and manufacturer of chain systems and components covering multiple industries including the international oil and gas sector. Based in Germany and owned by the Rieger family, its roots stretch back to 1875 when Carl Rieger and Friedrich Dietz established Rieger und Dietz (RUD) a company to meet local needs. Today the RUD group has expanded its presence to 14 manufacturing plants and 17 sales offices across all continents.

Its UK subsidiary RUD Chains Ltd is a sales office established in Whitstable approximately 30 years ago as a supplier of snow chains to the motor industry and tyre protection chains to the quarrying industries, evolving to meet the needs of multiple industries. David Bradley is manager of lifting applications, the department dealing most closely with oil and gas companies.

“Anything that needs lifting generally requires lifting equipment, and that is where our products are used,” he begins. “In the oil and gas industry RUD chains are used for hoisting between ships, into rigs, or at port. Companies supplying the oil and gas industry use hundreds of our lifting points all over the world. When it comes to the industry, what is important is corrosion protection. Some of our products have an innovative anti-corrosive coating on them called Corrud that has proved very suitable for offshore applications, and it has been very well documented that our chains and lifting points withstand the arduous conditions. This has been important in establishing our reputation. RUD products are very well known and people know how to use them.” 

Anti-corrosive protection is just one example of RUD tailoring its products to meet the requirements of clients. More recently the company has begun implementing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology into its entire range of lifting applications as part of a drive to make the end user‟s ownership more efficient. All products are required to undergo regular, thorough examinations, the intervals between examinations should be decided and carried out by a competent person. Presently this is done with a „paper history‟ of previous examinations, the information found on the product or tag and the experience of the competent person. The recent introduction of RFID has streamlined this process even further because it is able to link directly to computer databases containing additional information." To Read more click on pdf link below.


RFID - radio frequency identification

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