Manufacturer JC Renfroe & Sons, Jacksonville, Fla., has introduced an option for customers to have RFID (radio frequency identification) chips installed in its clamps.
In anticipation of changes in ASME regulations that go into effect in July 2011, JC Renfroe said the chips would help customers with the tracking and scheduling of their clamp maintenance and repairs.
RFID technology allows a user to access specific data. With the use of a reader and selected software, information includes catalog specifications; dimensions and use history; maintenance instruction; maintenance updates; in-service date and inspection records; and manufacturing and training contact information.
"We believe this technology is an important advantage to our customers regarding increased safety measures," said Anne Renfroe, president and owner of JC Renfroe. "This will be a cost saving for our customers when it comes to spending time and money to monitor the condition of their clamps."
JC Renfroe will not charge extra for any clamp ordered with the RFID chip.
The company manufactures numerous lines of lifting and hoisting products, with manufacturing partners in Spain and Germany and distribution points all over the US and the world.