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Instant, accurate inventory with
Thingple’s patented UHF-RFID tags
for gas cylinders

Thingple’s UHF RFID electronic tag solution simplifies Baosteel’s tracking and verification process.

RFID allows multiple tags read at the same time (batch counting)

Barcodes can only read one asset per scan. And manual inventory counts require individually identifying each cylinder’s ID, a time-consuming and error-prone process. Thingple’s handheld RFID scanner reads batches of 20 or more tags at a time, so inventory can be counted quickly. Since it can scan across long distances, it takes less than 10 seconds to count each truckload of cylinders. At 16 cylinders each truckload, each cylinder takes less than 1 second to verify. This is important for processing large volumes.


RFID can be read at a distance or through surfaces

Barcode scanning requires a direct line of sight. RFID has the advantage of being able to read tags that are not visible from a distance, or through a surface. Workers had to rotate cylinders, look up and down the cylinder, searching for a barcode to scan. Workers with RFID scanners only need to point the scanner in the direction of the cylinder to capture the data.


Thingple’s patented RFID tags not affected by high-metal environments

In high-metal environments, typical RFID tags will be effected by interference from the metal. However, Thingple’s patented RFID tags are specially designed for high-metal environments. So the read-rate of Baosteel’s gas cylinders with Thingple RFID tags have been 100% accurate.


Dynamic Tracking

Gas cylinders are recirculating assets that constantly cycle between customers and factories. Knowing the current location of each cylinder, and how many times a year it’s been cycled provides important data. However, accurate cylinder location knowledge, and turnover data are difficult to obtain. Most companies currently rely on customer integrity, or their plant managers, for approximate answers.

ThIngple’s UHF-RFID-based system significantly reduces manpower, simplifies Baosteel’s tracking process, and optimizes operations efficiency. The system records cylinder information through filling line RFID reading devices/over-the-gate RFID reading devices, and handheld devices, with edge computing to validate and ensure accuracy. Tracking metal gas cylinders with RFID tags had been impossible until now. 

At Thingple our patented, high-performance UHF-RFID electronic tags have revolutionized the way Baosteel manages their industrial gas operations.

Advantages of Thingple’s
D label gas cylinder tracking system

Instant identification and tracking at entry and exit gates

Set at the entrance of the plant, the entrance of the warehouse, etc. to record, verify and ID gas cylinders batches in or out of the facility.


Data linked to the gas filling/flushing line

Readers can be installed on gas flushing lines to record all gas filling operations, including: 

  • time

  • pressure

  • gas type

  • operator

All of this information is linked to the cylinder RFID tag. It can also alert operators to prevent placing cylinders on the wrong line, avoiding safety incidents.


Customer delivery and recovery

Automatically records delivery times, cylinder quantities, delivery locations and uploads all of this data to the cloud whenever the cylinders are delivered/retrieved. Receipts are emailed to customers, avoiding potential disputes if paper records are lost. New cylinder locations are also updated on the map instantly after delivery, making them easy to track.

Full inventory visualization

With Thingple’s cylinder management solution, plant managers and executives can view and analyze assets, monitor production, and keep track of cylinder turnaround anytime, anywhere. Cylinder data and stats can also be viewed on cell phone via a custom app.

Production reports

Managers can view daily/weekly/monthly production reports on the web portal and/or mobile app.




Asset status report

Managers can view the status of assets through the portal or mobile app to track assets by type, location, production date, asset life, etc.









Data analytics/business overview

Managers can have an economic overview of their gas operations in visual charts or reports based on data such as cylinder turnover rates, customer sales, profitability of different types of gases, and different filling locations.

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