Rigshospitalet, a hospital in Denmark, conducted a long-term trial to see if RFID tags could survive the processes needed to provide traceability for surgical instruments, and if automated tracking could add value. After 18 months and more than 1,000 sterilizations inside an autoclave, the answer to both questions is yes.
Xerafy Dash XS tags were permanently attached to a variety of instruments that surgeons used during actual procedures at Rigshospitalet. The tags provide complete traceability through surgical and sterilization processes. RFID readers were used to automatically provide a count of instruments prior to a procedure, issue alerts if any items were missing, automate instrument counting after the procedure was completed to ensure no items were lost and possibly left inside the patient, and were read again prior to sterilization and after the sterilization process was complete to ensure every item underwent the proper cleaning procedure and that no non-sterile items ever made it into the operating room. Rigshospitalet used the “Tag, Track and Trace” (TTT) surgical instrument tracking system developed by Xerafy’s partner Caretag Surgical, which also set up the reading systems for the trial. Continue reading
If you tell anyone in upstream oil & gas operations (offshore or onshore) you have designed a RFID tag that survives drilling operations and ask if they could use it, their response would undoubtedly be: Absolutely!
Xerafy, InfoChip’s exclusive partner, has done exactly that for the oil & gas industry. Prior to the new Xplorer tag, over the past 10 years there were many attempts to create a UHF tag for use in downhole drilling that proved unsuccessful. Most previous solutions embraced either LF or HF RFID technology and have fallen short of expectations due to lack of read range, multi-scan and/or durability. It is important to note that most oil & gas operators are requesting UHF frequency because it gives the user the ability to do multi-scan reads and provides longer read range options.
The new Xplorer’s rugged design exceeds the harshest drilling operations that a pipe encounters. The Xplorer tag operates at continuous exposure to 500°F and 30,000 psi. The form factor design featuring stainless and PEEK® materials allows the tag to stay in the milled pocket for the life of the asset. It is the first UHF tag that reads from 3 to 7 feet with a fixed reader mounted to a handling tool or other object. Continue reading
Manufacturers benefit by using RFID technology to make internal processes more efficient and improve supply chain responsiveness. Even when manufacturers don’t need to coordinate with customers, suppliers, logistics providers or other outside organizations, RFID technology can provide a quick return on investment by improving traceability in processes where errors related to identifying goods are high or when time or labor constraints related to item identification, handling or replacement, slow down the manufacturing process.
One such manufacturer who benefitted from using RFID is Trakya Döküm, which is one of the largest foundries in Turkey and produces more than 80,000 different product lines. One key challenge a foundry historically encounters is having an accurate, real time production overview, which can result in inefficient under- or over-production, poor inventory control, errors and duplication of work.
Trakya Döküm’s previous trial of an RFID solution did not pass the rigorous testing phase because the RFID products it chose did not withstand the harsh operating conditions of shock, vibration and impact that are common in a metal foundry. Finally, thanks to Xerafy partner EHV IT, a leading RFID integrator in Turkey, the foundry was finally able to “revolutionize their production management” as Fatih Yücecengiz, Trakya Döküm’s IT manager and RFID project lead, puts it. Continue reading