The “Smart Approach” to Endoscope Reprocessing

u=751906931,1520697405&fm=21&gp=0Endoscopy means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into an organ.

Given the importance these instruments play in the care delivery process, the cleaning and disinfection of the endoscopes are extremely important for reducing the risk of endoscopic transmission of infectious diseases in hospitals. In fact, flexible endoscope reprocessing is often cited as the most prominent patient safety concern among healthcare practitioners. There have been many such cases of medical accidents reported in the heathcare industry and most are caused by poor management. 继续阅读

Bar code on steroids? The real potential of RFID

Bar-code-vs-rfidRadio frequency identification (RFID) is often touted as a “bar code on steroids,” but that description belies the real potential of the technology. RFID provides all of the automated identification and data capture benefits of bar codes, with the added ability to store more data, operate in extreme environments, and to work even when the tag isn’t visible or when operators aren’t connected to a network. Those capabilities can enable new types of automation, tracking, and asset management applications that were not previously possible. For example:

RFID Works Where People Can’t. Tracking assets and other goods using bar code labels is all well and good when you are, for instance, tracking a box through a warehouse. But if you are trying to track items that are flowing through a paint booth, an autoclave, a chemical wash, or other harsh production process, a rugged RFID tag can function where bar codes and labels would fail and where employees simply can’t go. With that type of tracking, processes that take place in harsh environments can be easily automated. 继续阅读

With Internet of Things, RFID has found its true calling

ISF_Infographic_1600x944-1024x604The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly gaining ground in manufacturing sectors, enabled by the convergence of cloud computing infrastructure, low-cost sensors, and durable RFID tags. The IoT has increased the importance of RFID technology, which is now transitioning itself from asset management to becoming an essential part of the next big thing. Now you can be connected in real time and given the business knowledge that can be used at many levels. Just how quickly is this happening?

According to a recent report from Markets and Markets, the industrial IoT was worth $181.29 billion in 2013, and is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 8.15% through 2020, reaching $319.62 billion globally, with RFID being a key component in an IoT implementation to identify objects and link them to the internet.

The manufacturing, oil and gas, energy and power, retail, healthcare, and transportation sectors are all expected to benefit as more manufactures add these capabilities to their end products. And China will lead the way, according to analysis from Infosys and the University of Aachen in Germany. 继续阅读

The Emerging Use of RFID in Dental

LM DENTALDentist offices and surgical centers face the same types of asset management and traceability challenges as medical hospitals when it comes to instruments. Dental instruments need to be properly kitted for use, inventoried, sterilized and reintroduced into inventory. Using RFID on these instruments only help improve asset management but also    ensure that each instrument is properly tracked throughout the process work flows.

While dental suppliers have used RFID for traditional supply chain tracking before (Finnish company Plandent, for example, deployed such a solution several years ago), the emergence of item-level tool tracking could greatly enhance operations at dental clinics in much the same way surgical tool tracking has improved similar applications in hospitals.

Xerafy’s tiny, autoclavable RFID UHF tags can be attached to dental instruments and trays, comply with U.S. FDA and biocompatibility requirements for use on medical devices, and are designed to withstand more than a thousand autoclave sterilization cycles. With Xerafy’s RFID tags, each instrument can now be uniquely identified and automatically tracked. 继续阅读

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 and 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.