RFID Improves Asset Management

Asset management concept image with business icons and copyspaceAssets are part of every business operation, from the plant floor to the office, and from the oil field to the operating room. However, traditional asset management approaches are often error-prone or labor intensive. Manual methods are time-consuming and can lead to mistakes (such as transposed serial numbers). While barcode scanning solutions are more accurate, they require line-of-sight scanning, which can be difficult when it comes to heavy equipment or items with difficult to reach labeling (like servers installed on a crowded rack at a data center). RFID improves asset management. RFID tags can be combined with enterprise asset management software to provide a faster, more efficient, and much more accurate solution for maintaining asset location and condition records.

The types of rugged, passive RFID tags that Xerafy provides can be attached to a wide array of difficult to tag assets (such as metal equipment or curved items) and in extreme environments (where the tags are exposed to shock, vibration, chemicals, liquids, and extreme temperatures).

Using handheld or fixed RFID readers, companies can quickly capture data from large numbers of assets at once, which can reduce data collection from hours down to seconds. By strategically placing readers in doorways, companies can even gain a near real-time view of asset locations. Continue reading

Five Benefits of RFID in Hospitals

Senior Health CareAt Xerafy, we’ve helped a number of hospitals and other healthcare organizations improve their operations using rugged RFID solutions. Hospitals are using RFID to track everything from surgical instruments to large assets like beds and wheelchairs, and even patients.

Over time, RFID technology has proven its ability to provide a strong return on investment (ROI) in the hospital environment. Below are five benefits of RFID that are key improvement areas contributing to ROI, based on Xerafy’s experience with hospital customers around the globe.

Labor Savings:

In the operating theater, nurses and other staff waste time manually counting surgical instruments before and after each procedure. While this process is time consuming, it is necessary to ensure patient safety (no instruments are inadvertently sewn up inside the patient), to make sure the right tools are available for the procedure, and to reduce asset loss. Using RFID, these manual counts are eliminated and hospitals can automatically track instruments as they pass through sterilization processes. Continue reading

Improve Oil and Gas Industry Safety with RFID

home_banner-editedOil and gas industry safety issues have come to the forefront in recent decades. In the 2011 “Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages,” it was reported that more than 450,000 workers were employed in the oil and gas extraction and support industries. These workers are engaged in many different industrial processes needed to successfully drill and service a well. These processes frequently require the use of specialized equipment and specialized work crews, and the number of workers in the industry has only increased as operations expand around the globe. Continue reading