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13 September, 2020 - 21:01 By Tony Quested

US aviation firm buys tracking tech honed by PervasID and CribMaster

Technology from PervasID, a Cambridge company that designs and supplies passive (battery-free) RFID fixed reader systems for automating inventory tracking, is being used by CribMaster, a division of Stanley Black & Decker.

The move is designed to introduce what the partners describe as the world’s most accurate intelligent toolbox cabinet with in-built inventory and tool tracking capabilities. 

The toolbox cabinets are aimed specifically at addressing major challenges in manufacturing such as help reducing Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in the aviation industry. 

Demand for the solution is so great that hundreds of units have already been deployed in one of North America’s largest aircraft manufacturers. 

CribMaster cabinets enabled by PervasID’s passive RFID reader solution are said to provide real time accuracy of up to 99.9 per cent. With what the partners claim to be far greater accuracy, range and speed than any other RFID readers on the market, PervasID technology means that every tool (up to 500) in a RFID-enabled CribMaster cabinet can be tracked in seconds.  

It is estimated that FOD costs the aviation industry $13 billion a year in direct and indirect costs, including flight delays, plane changes and fuel inefficiencies. Accountability for every tool is therefore critical. 

The positive tool control technology developed by CribMaster, enabled by PervasID, addresses this concern directly. The CribMaster Accu line enabled by PervasID reads the passive (battery-free) RFID tag on a tool to guarantee the tool is in the cabinet and not left behind on the aircraft. 

Larry Harper, founder of CribMaster, said: “Ultra-high accuracy and speed is fundamental to a production line process where safety is the number one priority. 

“PervasID’s passive RFID systems are capable of detecting all tagged items in just a few seconds, giving the aviation industry the accuracy levels and visibility needs for decisive decision making.” 

Sabesan Sithamparanathan, founder and CEO of PervasID, added: “Jointly working with CribMaster, PervasID have solved the historical poor accuracy issues of tool tracking using our ground-breaking passive RFID innovation from the University of Cambridge.

“PervasID is excited to explore a joint vision of extending the solution in ways which will further develop embedded internet of things with Artificial intelligence. Future applications may include intelligent asset tracking and safety systems to truly transform the market.”

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