IdentPro helps Rittal Track Work-In-Progress with Xerafy Harsh Environment RFID Tags

IdentPro_Xerafy_tag_at_Rittal_2_hi-resRFID can provide Real-time Tracking of Manufacturing Work Orders , Component Parts & sub-assemblies through multiple, but high temperatures and harsh operating environments have traditionally made it challenging to deploy this type of automatic identification technology. Xerafy’s ruggedized RFID tags enable process automation in the most hostile manufacturing environments, as German manufacturer Rittal experienced with our patented MicroX II tags.

Rittal is a leading manufacturer of switch cabinets, air conditioning systems, and server and network cabinets. Rittal lacked WIP visibility into its painting processes, which led to manual stock checking and sub-optimal employment of its resources. Material purchases were based on historical estimates rather than real-time usage, and the company lacked information on temporary material stock. Continue reading

Healthcare IoT Goes Beyond Monitoring Patients

5What a difference a year makes. Next week we are attending the IAHCSMM annual exhibition and conference in Florida to demonstrate our bulk reading system for surgical trays and instruments. When we exhibited last year attendees couldn’t believe that our tiny RFID tags could survive the autoclave, identify dozens of items simultaneously and provide complete traceability through sterilization processes. This year, they don’t have to just take our word for it, we can share the results of our incredibly successful 18-month Rigshospitalet trial where our sterilizable read-on-metal RFID tags saved an estimated 31,000 hours while protecting patient safety.

Another thing that’s changed in the past year is that the Internet of Things has gained real traction in healthcare. Verizon reported that the number of healthcare devices connected to its network rose 40 percent in 2014. Xerafy has played a role there too, because our tags make it possible to add intelligence to almost any item and to extend the reach of networks and sensor systems. Continue reading

Rigorous Surgical Instrument Tracking Trial Proves Value of RFID, Xerafy

blog-healthcareXerafy has been explaining how RFID can improve surgical sterilization procedures and improve patient safety for years. Now we can report the results that prove it.

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

Guest Blog: Oil & Gas Drillers Get the Tag They’ve Been Waiting For

20e0c0cIf 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