Metal Skin Helps Ambulance Service Manage Emergency Medical Equipment

EMAS-Home-3For East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), saving time means saving lives. Seconds count when the service, which operates 450 vehicles in four U.K. counties, is providing emergency medical transport for patients. RFID is helping EMAS save time in preparing for emergencies to ensure ambulance crews always have the life-saving equipment they need.

Ambulances are packed with ventilators, monitors, resuscitators and other equipment that needs to be regularly disinfected, inspected, serviced and returned so each ambulance has a complete set of tools. EMAS previously had a manual item tracking process, which created the possibility that items could be missed during the inventory and restocking process. Continue reading

Xerafy tags used to track high value IT assets and tools at Applied Materials

Applied-Materials-doorway-web-1Previously, Xerafy blogged about how Healthcare firms use a combination of Auto-ID technologies to balance price and performance and to match the assets being tracked. Here is another instance where a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, The Material Deposition Products (MDP) group at Applied Materials, has employed a hybrid system of Wi-Fi-based real-time location system (RTLS) technology and passive RFID throughout its engineering labs, clean rooms, sub-fab facilities and storage areas. The system has enabled Applied Materials to better manage intellectual property (IP) protection, eliminate labor-intensive manual searches and meet ISO regulatory compliance.

Our partner, Tagit Solutions, developed a turnkey solution consisting of Xerafy tags attached to or embedded in equipment with handheld readers for inventory tracking and RFID portals installed at doorways. Continue reading

3 Ways Passive UHF RFID Can Improve Oil & Gas Operations

3070_005The oil & gas industry is known as one of the top growth markets for RFID adoption, but how exactly is RFID being used? Personnel tracking with active tags is one well-known use case, but the majority of oil & gas industry RFID activity involves the use of passive UHF technology to track and manage materials to support maintenance, compliance and asset management activity.

Extremely rugged, ATEX-certified, read-on-metal RFID tags from Xerafy make these and other applications possible. Here’s a brief overview of some of ways passive UHF RFID technology is making oil & gas operations safer and more efficient. Continue reading

Understanding Material Selection for RFID Tag Solution

200851016401239Xerafy has blogged previously on Choosing the Right Rugged Tag and Understanding Harsh Environments, which looks into tagging challenges and the right tag selection. Let’s take one step back and understand what goes into material selection for the Rugged Tag.

Before developing an RFID tag for a market or a project, understanding the application requirements, performance expectations, use conditions and relevant certifications is important for developing and selecting the right tag materials to work with. Hard materials aren’t necessarily tougher and softer materials aren’t necessarily more protective. Continue reading

‘Are You Seriously Kidding Me Now?’

IMG_5439The Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) performs one of the key critical functions in hospital operations. Every year, hundreds of representatives ranging from sterilization technicians to infection control engineers attend the annual training and exhibition IAHCSMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) to learn the latest technology, materials, sterilization process and repair services. This year’s show held in Columbus, Ohio was another raving success with attendee participation at an all-time high.

Xerafy, together with hardware and software partners Alien Technology and RFID Global Solution demonstrated a comprehensive surgical instruments tracking solution that can be used from the operating room (OR) to CSSD and storage through a single system. Through this demonstration, many visitors witnessed how RFID could help eliminate patient safety risks and generate real time visibility. The biggest WOW! factor that conjured reactions of jaws dropping and looks of disbelief was the inventory count demonstration, where multiple tagged surgical instruments are read in a matter of seconds. Comments such “Are you seriously kiddingly me now?” and “No way!” were commonly heard throughout the day. Visitors requested the demo to be repeated multiple times, and were finally convinced there were no tricks going on behind the scenes only when they did the scanning themselves. Continue reading