Asset management – A case study in cylinder tracking


When a worldwide atmospheric gas provider was looking for a way to track its inventory of high-pressure gas cylinders through its global supply chain, New York-based auto-identification solutions provider Omni-ID took on the challenge of tagging and tracking over 150,000 cylinders.

Placed on pallets and delivered from and to a variety of locations, including warehouses and manufacturing facilities, around the globe daily, the cylinders presented a particular challenge.

Not only would the tracking solution need to be intrinsically safe due to the volatile nature of the gases inside the cylinders, it would need to work in an environment where multiple metal surfaces would be present – such as carbon steel, stainless steel, nickel, aluminium, and carbon fibre wound metal.

Adding to the challenge was the fact that the customer required a tag small and flexible enough to adhere to the shoulder of the cylinders as well as a flat surface, but would also need to be durable enough to withstand rough handling, harsh conditions, and exposure to water, chemicals and extreme heat during the wash process.

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