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Midtronics and Mitsubishi Electric debut RFID technology

by Toolsource on February 10th, 2011

From Fleet Maintenance
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Midtronics, Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. announced a collaboration to merge Midtronics’ MRFID technology and battery management equipment with Mitsubishi Electric’s electrical components to generate complete historical service data for batteries, starters, and alternators.

The goal of the project is to improve overall component lifecycle management by using RFID technology to follow each component from manufacture to end of life. This unique technology, called MRFID by Midtronics, will enable battery and electrical system diagnostic equipment to read and write test data at every service event throughout the component’s lifecycle. Having the ability to read information will improve both the test process and its accuracy, while captured information can be used to deliver an improved overall view of component performance.

Midtronics’ Battery Management Information System, (BMIS), a customizable web-based reporting service, will also play a role in the overall system. This data gathering, analysis and reporting service will significantly enhance the management tools and processes used to drive improvements in preventative and predictive maintenance programs for vehicle electrical system components.

Midtronics and Mitsubishi Electric will jointly present the technology at the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition Feb. 8-10 in Tampa, Fla., as part of the Future Truck program.

“Midtronics continues to search out and develop unique technologies that help us provide the best battery and electrical management solutions to our customers,” said Mike Troy, executive vice president and general manager, transportation division at Midtronics. “The development of MRFID technology solutions and our collaborative work with Mitsubishi Electric on this project will help us continue to evolve the level of information and improvement we can help our customers achieve.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Midtronics on this advanced MRFID technology,” said Dave Stone, executive director, Powertrain, Body and Chassis, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America. “It has been a very solid, collaborative effort. Our focus continues to be to ensure that our customers keep their vehicles on the road with starters and alternators that have the finest reputation for performance in the industry, and this new technology further enhances that reputation.”

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