Mike, a Lead Rigging Technician for an equipment rental company in the entertainment industry and recent safety webinar attendee, asks:
“How far away should you be to read a RFID chip for rigging equipment tracking and inspection?”
Troy Raines, Columbus McKinnon Chain & Rigging Product Engineering Manager and safety webinar presenter, answers:
This is an excellent and frequently asked question. The simple answer is that it depends on the type of RFID chip being used in the product. For CM Smart ID, we chose a chip that would require the user to touch the reader to the chip. While this might seem inconvenient, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages for the following two reasons:
- To properly inspect any piece of rigging hardware, the qualified person must actually handle it. It wouldn’t be safe or effective to “inspect” rigging hardware from any distance. There is too much risk that a minor issue could be overlooked until it became a more serious safety hazard.
- To effectively track inventory, it wouldn’t be accurate to accidently scan the wrong shackle because multiple shackles in the area could be read at the same time. The count would frequently be wrong because you wouldn’t know which shackles were and were not scanned.
Want to learn more? View our Safety Webinar on RFID: Simplifying Rigging Hardware Inspection and Tracking.