Why Use RFID Tags?

Hydraulic cylinders are typically used in industrial applications, and often in critical roles. In many applications, the operating environment where cylinders are used creates a difficult-to-impossible challenge to read a cylinder’s identification markings. Implementing RFID not only allows operators to quickly identify the cylinder, but the RFID tag contains all the required information to track and maintain the cylinder. For example, information stored may include serial number, date of manufacture, MC part number, bore, stroke, pressure rating, full repair kit number and rod seal repair kit number. The RFID tag even includes a maintenance log, where the date and maintenance comments can be stored right on the tag.

Understanding RFID

High-Frequency (HF) RFID tags use passive RFID technology that contains no battery. Tags are powered by the RF waves emitted from the antenna of an RFID Reader. When the tag is within range, coils in the HF RFID tag capture the RF waves to power the tag. Once powered, the RFID reader can read and write to the tag. No power is required to maintain the memory on the tag. RFID tag memory can only be changed with an RFID reader. RFID tags are designed to hold information for years.

Serial # N 0-11 12 Cylinder’s Unique Serial Number
DOM 20-27 8 Date of Manufacture
Model # 30-57 28 Milwaukee Cylinder Part Number
Cust Part # 60-87 28 Customer Defined Part # (if available)
Cust Rev # 90-91 2 Customer Defined Rev # (if available)
Bore 100-104 5 Cylinder Bore
Stroke 110-115 6 Cylinder Stroke
Oper Press 120-127 8 Design Pressure
Full Repair Kit 130-157 28 Full Service Kit (Rod/Tube/Piston Seals, Rod End Bushing)
Rod Seal Kit 160-187 28 Rod Seal Kit (Rod Seal, Rod End Bearing)
Comments 190-339 150

lOCATION 520-559 40 Optional - Where Used
Comments 560-759 200 For General Comments
1 Date 760-767 8 Date of First Maintenance
1 Notes 770-869 100 Maintenance Performed
2 Date 870-877 8 Date of Second Maintenance
2 Notes 880-979 100 Maintenance Performed
3 Notes 990-1089 100 etc
4 Date 1090-1097 8 etc
4 Notes 1100-1199 100 etc
5 Date 1200-1207 8 etc
5 Notes 1210-1309 100 etc
6 Date 1310-1317 8 etc
6 Notes 1320-1419 100 etc
7 Date 1420-1427 8 etc
7 Notes 1430-1529 100 etc