Case Studies

Syrma Designs RFID Tags for Industrial Safety Harnesses

The safety products division of a Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate produces a brand line of industrial safety harnesses, designed to secure users against falls from bridges, oil rigs, scaffolding, or other elevated work areas. In addition to real-time tracking of this essential equipment, such as assigned user and current location, US OSHA standards require such harnesses to be inspected and re-calibrated at regular intervals.

This company pioneered the incorporation of RFID technology into these harness products, with embedded tags programmed with each unit’s serial number, enabling each unit to be scanned and monitored for adherence to these mandated maintenance timelines, as well as meeting requirements of local regulators, insurance companies, and often the management of the workplace itself.

Challenges

The client’s original product designs incorporated LF 134.2 kHz RFID tags, while offering strong near-metal performance, meant high-per-unit costs. Additionally, the client encountered supply chain difficulties from its original third-party tag supplier. These issues led their design and supply management teams to seek a new OEM manufacturing partner who could deliver reliable quantities. They also wanted to redesign the harnesses’ RFID components, focusing on comparable read ranges, in addition to size, form factors, and stronger durability in the harshest industrial environments.

This included prolonged exposure to oils and petroleum products, alkaline and acidic chemicals, and extreme temperatures. With continued regulatory attention focused upon industrial fall prevention, the technological refinement of harnesses and other protective equipment is an increasingly important responsibility of trusted safety brands, as well as a lucrative opportunity for their OEM electronics manufacturing partners.

Solutions

Following a casual introductory discussion with client representatives on the floor of an industrial product tradeshow, our team recognized this would be a terrific opportunity to leverage our RFID design and manufacturing expertise into developing cost-competitive alternative RFID tags, per the client’s specifications for design, packaging, materials, and performance parameters. Our RFID engineers proceeded to facilitate a series of onsite meetings with the client’s harness product team to gather information for a formal contract bid.

From the outset of the initial discussions, the client was particularly impressed with our RFID team’s hands-on engagement, as well as expertise in materials and product design. We also offered competitive advance BOM pricing estimates, which were firmly adhered to throughout the development process. After thorough product design and materials evaluation phases, we presented the client with a series of prototype 13.56 MHz, ISO 15693-compliant HF tags, encased in durable, specially engineered plastic material embossed with the client logo, engineered to deliver reliable performance under virtually any operating conditions.

Today, we supply this client with 6 different SKUs of these RFID tags, having shipped extended quantities of product units for the safety harnesses to date. This latest success story further illustrates our unique expertise in the development and high-volume manufacturing of leading-edge RFID applications.

Successes

Syrma contributes our 40 years of design and manufacturing expertise spanning multiple diverse markets, and we look forward to discussing how we can deliver world-class products for OEMs across the globe. We understand our home Indian market, familiar with its vast regulatory and selling environments. We foster growth opportunities within India through our strong technology incubation ecosystem. We also assist global OEMs seeking to enter the Indian market by leveraging the local supply chain and favorable operating environments for cost reductions.

Our flagship Chennai location opened in 2006 and lies within a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for electronics manufacturing, offering economic incentives for imports and exports. This primary facility is within 90 minutes of the Chennai seaport and 20 minutes to the international airport, with additional road and rail, connectivity linking to the rest of India and beyond, as well as infrastructure advantages with faster import and export clearances. We also have labor force availability, both technical and manual, to rapidly scale to client demand.

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