Use of RFID and QR marked equipment

Onix Work and Onix Inspection supports the use of RFID and QR technology. RFID and QR gives you and your customers instant access to data such as documents, equipment information, locations, areas and jobs by an RFID scanner or smart phone – Reliable, hassle-free and efficient.

RFID

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. An RFID tag stores information which can be accessed using an RFID scanner. Our RFID scanners and RFID tags can be purchased in our shop.

Every equipment in Onix Work has its own code called EPC. By using RFID technology, you can write an EPC to an RFID tag and gain quick access to any information stored on the RFID tag using an RFID scanner.

Currently we have 4 products where RFID technology can be used:
– Onix Inspection
– Onix Tool Store
– Onix Tag
– Onix Maker

QR

QR stands for Quick Response code. The QR code is directly connected to the EPC of a chosen equipment in Onix Work. By storing the URL of an equipment, a QR code will give you instant access to the equipment in Onix Work.

With a QR code, you will give all your customers access to any information stored on the QR label, simply by scanning the QR label with their smart phone camera.
Onix Work supports QR codes for equipment, jobs, documents, locations, and areas. With QR codes, you have a quick and error-free way to access unlimited information. All your shared data can be easily accessed from anywhere, from any online device.

EPC

EPC stands for Electronic Product Code, and all equipment in Onix Work has their own, unique EPC. EPCs are included in QR and RFID.

RFID and QR with Onix Inspection

The function of RFID and QR together with Onix Inspection is that you can easily find the equipment you are inspecting by scanning the RFID tag or the QR code.

How to connect an RFID reader to Onix Inspection

You connect your RFID reader through settings by activating the button next to the RFID scanner:

How to register an EPC to an RFID tag using Onix Inspection

When a new equipment is created in Onix Work, it is given an EPC. That EPC is unique for that equipment and can therefore be used together with an RFID tag by writing the EPC to the RFID tag. This is how you do it in Onix Inspection:

Locate the equipment in “Manage Equipment”, check the box (1) and open the equipment (2).

Continue by clicking the tag-icon

Place the RFID tag in a reading distance to the RFID reader and click “Verify tag” in Onix Inspection. You will now see the EPC located on the RFID chip in the field named “EPC on RFID tag”. The EPC located in the field named “EPC in Onix Work”, is the EPC given to the equipment by Onix Work. You complete the registration by clicking “Write to tag” while holding the RFID tag in reading distance of your RFID reader.

You can confirm that the registration was done correctly by going back to “Manage Equipment” and search for equipment using the RFID symbol

How to register the EPC from an RFID tag to the equipment in Onix Inspection

If your RFID tag comes pre-set with a unique EPC, you can choose to write the EPC from the RFID tag to the equipment. You do so by opening the equipment to find yourself in the “Equipment Info” window. Here you simply scan your RFID tag (1) and see that the field named “EPC” has its EPC changed to the EPC located on the RFID tag (2). When completed, click the save button (3).

New equipment created in Onix Inspection – How to register EPC to RFID tag

When working in Onix Inspection, you often find yourself in areas where there is no internet connection. This means that new equipment created in Onix Inspection, won’t be given an EPC, because it can’t be uploaded to Onix Work which is where it collects its EPC. Therefore, you have the option to download EPCs to Onix Inspection beforehand when you do have internet access. This means that any equipment created in Onix Inspection can be given an EPC which again means it can be registered to an RFID tag.

How to download new EPC codes to be assigned to an RFID tag

In Onix Inspection, you have your own EPC Manager to be used together with RFID scanners. Below you will see how to download EPCs and how to apply them to an RFID tag

While in settings, click the “EPC Manager” button on the bottom toolbar to open the EPC Manager.

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Client:

  • Available EPCs on client: number of available EPCs already downloaded from the server.
  • Default buffer size: the number of EPCs that maximum should be available on client.
  • Warn me if this is lower than: if the available EPCs in the buffer fall below the given value, you should be warned. ‘0’ means no warning.

Server:

  • Available EPCs on server: the number of EPCs on the server available for you to download.
  • Number of EPCs to download: the number of EPCs you wish to download. Default value is the ‘Default buffer size’ minus the ‘Available EPCs on client’.

Download EPCs:

  • Enter a number into ‘Number of EPCs to download’.
  • Tap “Download” button on the bottom toolbar.
  • If you for some reason no longer need EPCs available on the client, unlock the remaining by tapping “Unlock EPC” button on the bottom toolbar.
  • Tap “Save & Close” button on the bottom toolbar to save and close the screen.

How to add downloaded EPC codes to an equipment and an RFID tag

Now that you have downloaded your EPCs, this is how you apply them to an equipment and RFID tag:

1. Open the equipment by checking the box next to it followed by open.

2. Notice that the EPC-field is empty as the equipment has not received any EPC (1). Continue by clicking the tag-icon (2)

3. Both fields will be empty, you click on “Generate EPC” to collect an EPC you have downloaded beforehand, and you scan your RFID tag by holding it close to your scanner while clicking “Verify tag”

4. When both fields contain an EPC, you hold your RFID scanner to the RFID tag and click on “Write to tag”. You will now see that the EPC generated will be transferred to the RFID tag.

QR codes and EPC codes in Onix Work

We have 2 types of QR codes in Onix Work

  1. QR codes are printed in Onix Work from existing equipment and is, just as RFID tags, connected to the EPC of the equipment.
  2. Preprinted QR codes that have not linked to any equipment yet. They need to be linked to equipment before use.

QR codes and EPCs are located under the “Report” button when looking at equipment.

When clicking on Report, you will see different options.

  1. QR codes per location
    This is where you print a barcode for a specific location or area.
  2. QR codes in sheet format
    This is where you print many barcodes on a single sheet of paper. Check the equipment you wish to include.
  3. QR codes in label format
    This is where you print a single barcode using a label printer and specific type of label sheet. Check the equipment you wish to include.
  4. EPC list for Equipment (Excel)
    Where you’ll find the EPC.
  5. QR codes without linked equipment
    Print Ad-hoc QR labels which have not attached to any equipment. They will be used to link to equipment before scanned as EPC.

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