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RFID-Based Permitted Entry System

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Engineering Technology

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22.1259.1 - 22.1259.12



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Jai P. Agrawal Purdue University, Calumet

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Jai Agrawal is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1991, dissertation in Power Electronics. M.S. and B.S. also in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 1970 and 1968 respectively. His expertise includes analog and digital electronics design, power electronics, nanophotonics and optical/wireless networking systems. He has designed several models of high frequency oscilloscopes and other electronic test and measuring instruments as an entrepreneur. He has delivered invited short courses in Penang, Malaysia and Singapore. He is also the author of a textbook in Power Electronics, published by Prentice-Hall Inc. His professional career is equally divided in academia and industry. He has authored several research papers in IEEE journals and conferences. His current research is focused on renewable energy technology, smart energy grid.

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Chandra Sekhar Purdue University, Calumet

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Chandra R. Sekhar, Purdue University, Calumet.

Professsor Chandra R. Sekhar is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Calumet. Professor Sekhar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Madras (India), a Diploma in Instrumentation from Madras Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. Professor Sekhar’s primary teaching and research focus is in the areas of Biomedical and Process Control Instrumentation and Clinical Engineering.

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Rosetta G. Davis

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RFID BASED PERMITTED ENTRY SYSTEM AbstractThis paper addresses a very important safety related issue of sanitization of hazardous work area.The gas and oil industries have very dangerous work environments. Lack of, and deficiency inpermit-to-work systems was cited as the largest single contributing factor in a Health Safety andEnvironment (HSE) survey. To help lessen this danger a permitting process has been developedwithin these industries that allow everyone to be aware of the scope of work that is being per-formed. By being informed, the amount of associated safety hazards, environmental, and personaldamage are significantly reduced. However, many of these processes are still manual and paperbased which introduces various opportunities for human error. Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) technology has made great advancements as of recently in the fields of both human and as-set tracking. Therefore, this paper is the result of a directed project that attempted to improve uponthese manual permitting processes by incorporating RFID technology. The result is a digital track-ing permitting system that eliminates the need for large amounts of paper, provides centralized dataaccess, and greatly reduces the opportunity for human error. This project not only allows a workerto more easily locate a permit, but also provides a visual representation of where the work associat-ed with that permit is being performed.Refinize company is likely to implement throughout its refinery organizations a standardized per-mit-to-work system, called the Control of Work (COW), utilizing RFID to track operator rounds.Operator rounds are instances where the unit operator physically enters the unit to take and recordvarious measurements. Figure – Visual Display and RFID components

Agrawal, J. P., & Sekhar, C., & Davis, R. G. (2011, June), RFID-Based Permitted Entry System Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18645

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