Crosby Quic-Check - RFID System

The Next Generation of Inspection and Identification System

Crosby has developed an electronic inspection software that incorporates the technology of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), to provide a tool to our Business Partners that provides many benefits.

RFID Assisted Electronic Inspection

RFID for the identification and inspection of slings, shackles, hooks and other hardware such as clamps etc.

Quick Facts on RFID

  • It’s an acronym - Radio Frequency IDentification.
  • A better barcode.
  • Improved, item level serialisation and identification.
  • Used in manufacturing, livestock, ID cards, contactless payment, safety (hospitals and amusement parks), supply chain logistics.

Crosby “RFID Equipped” products

View all our Crosby Rigging products online.

Eliminator Chain Fittings

Eliminator Chain Fittings

McKissick Blocks

McKissick Blocks

Crosby Shackles - 25t and Above

Shackles 25t & larger

IP Plate Clamps

CrosbyIP Plate Clamps

Hoist Rings

Crosby Hoist Rings

Chain and Sling TagsInserts and TabsSD ReaderPDASystem consists of:

  • Crosby QUIC-CHECK® Software
  • Crosby QUIC-CHECK® PDA
  • Crosby QUIC-CHECK® SD Reader
  • Crosby QUIC-CHECK® ID Tags:
    • Chain.
    • Wire Rope/Other.
    • Insert for shackles/blocks.
    • Swivel Hoist Rings.
    • Clamps.
    • Other.

RFID Assisted Electronic Inspection

RFID and the identification of slings and hardware.

Components of an RFID Assisted Electronic Inspection System.

  • Tag or chip.
  • Reader.
  • Software.


High Freq. Wire Rope Tag (#115350)
Personalized High Frequency Wire Rope Tag (#115351)

High Frequency Wire Rope Tags

High Frequency Chain Tag (#115369)
Personalized High Frequency Chain Tag (#115370)

High Frequency Chain Tag

QUIC-CHECK® PDA (#115283)
with Flash Reader (#115432)

Quic-Check PDA

Rugged QUIC-CHECK® PDA with SD Reader (#115441)

Rugged Quic-Check PDA with SD Reader


Plug Kit
10 Kit Set (#115462)

Plug Kit - 10 Kit Set

Yellow Tag Kit (sticker not shown)
10 Kit Set (#115471)

Yellow Tag Kit (sticker not shown)

Block Kit
10 Kit Set (#115489)

Block Kit - 10 Kit Set

Hoist Ring Kit
10 Kit Set (#115480)

Hoist Ring Kit - 10 Kit Set

Inspection Records

Written records are not required.

Written records are also not required.

Periodic Inspection:
Written records are required.

RFID Assisted Electronic Inspection

Different Types of RFID

  • Active (long range, battery powered, finite life span).
  • Passive (no battery, powered on by reader, infinite life span).
  • Standards
    • Low, High, Ultra High Frequency
  • Standards Bodies
    • ISO (15693, 15691 etc.) – Older standards, widely used.
    • EPC Global – New standards focused on global trade and supply chain.

Our standard chip is the Phillips I-CODE SLI.

Points to Consider

  • Do you conduct on-site sling/hardware inspections?
  • How many hours are spent throughout the entire inspection process?
  • Do you wish it didn’t take so long?
  • How accurate are the inspection reports you receive?
  • Are your inspection reports typed and formatted?
  • Can you currently pick up any sling/hardware and quickly determine when it was last inspected, as well as the inspection status of the device?

Software/QUIC-CHECK® Tag Relationship

  • Software can be used without the tags.
  • RFID-equipped Crosby QUIC-CHECK® tags require the use of the QUIC-CHECK® software.

The Process

The process is simple, efficient and accurate.


PDA Create sling or other equipment, using the handheld device (or using your computer).
Computer System If you created the unit on the handheld device, then you will need to also upload/update your computer.
PDA Download sling or other equipment to the handheld device for use during the inspection/identification process.

Utilize handheld device for recording your results and findings while inspecting your equipment.
Computer System Upload inspection results to your computer.
End Report Generate your required inspection reports.


  • Operating Temperature
    • PDA - 0º C to 40º C
    • Tag - Epoxy has range of -43º C to 177º C


  • Tags put through extensive tumble testing. Afterwards, they performed as designed. Automotive Grade Adhesive Pressure tested to 3600m

Tag Composition

  • Tags are cast stainless steel.

Defining the Process

RFID assisted electronic inspection systems incorporate the use of a software system along with tags/chips that are designed for use with radio frequency identification readers.

The Basics

RFID simply associates the "Globally Unique" number of the RFID tag with the unique serial number assigned to the asset (i.e, chain or wire rope sling).

Desktop Software

  • “Primary” data storage for all slings.
  • Synchronizes with the PDA for field use.
  • Provides reporting, initial setup, backup, import functions.
  • Print pre-formatted reports or export to Excel.

PDA Handheld Device

  • Runs “Pocket QUIC-CHECK®” software.
  • Synchronizes with desktop/laptop computer.
  • Contains reference lookup data.


  1. Accuracy of Inspection Reports.
    • Eliminates handwritten information.
    • Eliminates the need to retype inspection reports
    • No misread or incorrectly recorded tags.
  2. Timeliness of Reports.
    • Less manual entry… means less proof-reading … which means more timely reports.
    • Theoretically, a report could be issued same day as an inspection was conducted.
  3. Inspection History.
    • “Cradle to grave” service history is available.
      • Ability to view each inspection performed on the asset since it was first placed into service.
  4. Asset Tracking.
    • As a minimum, the location of the last inspection is recorded.
    • Addition product information may be recorded and tracked.
      • Date of Inspection.
      • Noted defects (if found).
      • Applicable Comments.
      • Status of Asset after Inspection.
  5. Improved Employee Efficiency.
    • Reduces potential downtime associated with the inspection process by as much as 65%.
  6. In Field Validation of Inspection.
    • Utilise reader for instant identification of critical or retired slings.
    • Should be able to read tag in the field to quickly determine if the asset is within specification.
      • Status of sling.
      • Last Inspection Date.
      • Date of next inspection.
  7. Reduction of Liability.
    • Inspection records are kept up to date and maintained electronically.
    • Provides a proper audit trail of a product’s safety history, including repairs, pull tests and visual inspections.
    • Provide accurate, extremely detailed inspection reports in the case of a safety audit, litigation or workplace accident.

Thorough Database

Database Example

Computer based record keeping of inspection

Ability to Edit Asset.

Ability to Edit Asset

Types of RFID record keeping systems

PC Based

  • Inspections are completed on handheld unit.
  • Handheld must be synchronised to user database.
  • Only data for single location is viewable.

Web Based

  • Inspections are completed on handheld unit.
  • Handheld is synchronised to user database simultaneously.
  • Data can be viewed from anywhere with web access and a security code.

Technical reference material to support the inspection

  • Embedded into Software.
  • Reference to BS EN Standards.

Technical reference material to support the inspection

Technical reference material to support the inspection 

  • Reference to Standards where applicable 
Product Type  Specification  Inspection Standard 
Chain Sling  BS EN 818  Slings 
Wire Rope Sling  BS EN 13414  Slings 
Round Sling  BS EN 1492 Slings 
Shackle  BS EN 13889  Rigging Hardware 
Hoist Ring  ASME B30.26  Rigging Hardware 
Clamp - Locking  - Below the Hook Lifting Devices 
Clamp - Non-Locking  - Below the Hook Lifting Devices 
Clamp - Non-Marring  - Below the Hook Lifting Devices 
Clamp - Specialty  - Below the Hook Lifting Devices 
Block - Mobile Crane  - Mobile and Locomotive Cranes 
Block - Bridge Crane  - Performance Standard for Electric Overhead Wire Rope Hoist Hoist 
Block - Scrap Yard  - Mobile and Locomotive Cranes 
Block - Snatch  - Rigging Hardware 
Block - Derrick Hoist  - Rigging Hardware 
Block - Construction  - Rigging Hardware 
Block - Tilt-Up  - Rigging Hardware 
Block - Tubing  API RP 8B  Recommended Practice for Procedures for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair and Remanufacturing of Hoisting Maintenance, Repair and Remanufacturing of Hoisting Equipment 
Block - Drilling  API RP 8B  Recommended Practice for Procedures for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair and Remanufacturing of Hoisting Equipment 
Block - Overhaul Ball  ASME B30.5  Mobile and Locomotive Cranes 

Template for Success

  • Understand that QUIC-CHECK® is not an overnight, plug & play system. It’s a process that requires discipline and practice to achieve full system potential.
  • Dedicated person
    • Has “ownership” of the system.
    • Schedules/conducts field inspections.
    • Offers distributor inspection services.
    • Intimate with QC software procedures.
  • “Pre-sell” system by:
    • Initially, enlist aid of Crosby personnel.
    • Over time, accomplish this independently.
  • Put QC RFID tags on all slings as standard practice.
  • Understand value of system.
  • Have a dedicated PC for use only for Crosby QUIC-CHECK®.
  • Install QUIC-CHECK® updates as soon as possible after notification.
  • Offer system improvement suggestions to Crosby.

View all our Crosby Rigging products online.

Last updated: 12-02-2013 15:43:03

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