Merrick Systems’ New High Temperature High Pressure RFID Diamond Tag Nominated for the Innovation Award from UK‐Based Energy Institute

Advanced to the Short List of Nominees, New Tag Revolutionizes Asset Tracking in Downhole and Subsea Oil & Gas Operations, Surviving Sustained Extreme Conditions Up to 200C (400F) Temperature; 2070 Bar (30,000 PSI) Pressure

Houston, Texas, October 5, 2010 ‐ Merrick Systems, a market leader in industrial information technology for the oil and gas industry is pleased to announce its nomination for the prestigious Innovation Award from the Energy Institute (EI) in the UK, the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector. The winner of the award will be announced during an upcoming high profile awards ceremony to be held in London, England on November 18.
 
Providing energy expertise, from scientific technical work to consultancy services and individual research, the EI establishes best practices, industry standards, safety codes and guidelines that are widely accepted worldwide. Via the EI Awards, the Institute recognizes annually those in the global energy industry setting new standards of excellence and innovation in their daily activities and raising the benchmarks of competence and dedication to their work. Merrick is nominated for this award with its revolutionary new RFID tag which is designed to survive the extreme rigors typical of down‐hole and subsea oil and gas operations. The High Temperature/High Pressure (HTHP) tag is the latest addition to Merrick’s RFID Diamond TagTM suite, designed to meet the unique needs of asset tracking in upstream oil and gas operations, surviving not only sustained extreme temperatures (up to 200C/400F) and pressure (up to 2070 Bar/30,000 Psi) but also impact, vibration, corrosion and abrasives.
 
“Merrick is deeply honored to be included in the short list of nominees for this prestigious award, alongside the industry’s foremost innovators and forward thinkers” stated Samina Farid, Merrick’s Chairman. “Our new rugged RFID
tags are setting new performance standards in traceability of assets even under the most extreme environmental conditions, raising the bar of operational efficiency and safety. With our tags, oil and gas companies can enjoy the unsurpassed benefits of RFID technology and automatically trace any equipment and asset from cradle to graveyard, through downhole drilling, marine operations, subsea or surface activity with ease, accuracy and absolute reliability” she added.
 
Merrick’s HTHP tags are consistent with OLF (The Norwegian Oil Industry Association) standards and have been independently tested and proven to dependably survive downhole and subsea drilling operations, where other
identification methods failed due to destruction of identity markings by extreme heat, pressures, rough handling and chemicals. Merrick’s complete asset tracking solution launched in 2007 includes Merrick’s suite of RFID Diamond Tags and rugged readers, along with Merrick’s DynaCap software, to track high value oil and gas assets in downhole, subsea and surface operations. Merrick’s asset tracking system allows immediate operational access to asset location, use and inspection history, physical properties, preventative maintenance schedule and traceability information required for
an asset. System elements are certified for Class1, Div1 and/or Zone1 use.
 
Merrick Systems is an established market leader in industrial information technology for the oil and gas industry, providing software, electronics and professional services. Addressing production, engineering and asset tracking,
Merrick’s integrated applications include production surveillance and optimization; field operations management; field data capture; hydrocarbon production accounting; mobile computing for field and drilling operations and ruggedized RFID for asset management in drilling, manufacturing, mining and other extreme environments.
 
To learn about Merrick Systems’ RFID solutions visit www.MerrickSystems.com or call 713‐579‐3400.
Author: Hilla Barzilai-Abileah
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