Understanding Harsh Environments

幻灯片5It is clear that Xerafy is the leading RFID tag provider for harsh environments, but what exactly is a harsh environment isn’t so clear. Some environments that are hard on RFID tags are obvious – like demolition derby – but many more are not. For example, hospitals are generally clean and sterile, but the processes used to keep them so can quickly destroy common RFID tags. Metal is a well-known source of interference, so identifying items on metal warehouse racks can be a challenge. But did you also know wooden pallets can hold enough moisture to interfere with RFID tag reads?

RFID users may not realize they need harsh environment tags because of hidden hazards like these. To determine if your environment is harsh from an RFID tag’s point of view, investigate the following questions: Continue reading

Choosing the Right Rugged Tag

OAT-Webinar-TagsJust because a tag is readable doesn’t mean it is the best tag for the job. There are hundreds of UHF RFID tags and readers that are interoperable because they conform to ISO 180000-6 and GS1 EPCglobal Gen 2 standards. Standard compliance is only the starting point for finding the best tag for your operations.

Standards compliance does not guarantee performance in harsh environments, where tags may be exposed to vibration, impact, temperature extremes, chemicals and interference. While it may seem like there are hundreds of tag options for conditions like these, in reality there may only be a few. Details make the difference between success and failure in environments where tags may suffer physical damage or interference. That is why Xerafy has engineered more than 20 different RFID tags – they all comply with standards, but each is designed to excel in specific, challenging environments. Continue reading

Xerafy Brings Innovation to RFID Journal LIVE!

Xerafy BoothIn 2012, Xerafy brought EXTREME RFID to RFID Journal LIVE! and last year, we showed everyone Who’s Got Metal? This year, Xerafy will be bringing innovation to the event on April 8-10, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

Visit booth 110 to get your first look at our award winning, incredibly rugged Roswell tag. The entire tag is nothing more than an EPC Gen 2 UHF RFD chip in a stainless steel case, which also acts as its antenna. Michael Wack of IdentPro proclaimed Roswell as “one of the best innovation in the last (few) years. Despite its small size, Roswell is very robust, provides good read performance and perfect mounting options”. Learn more about how it supports new ways to use RFID in manufacturing, oil & gas, healthcare and other industries. Continue reading

Surgical Precision: RFID’s Advantages vs. Bar Codes

Roswell-on-surgical-tray-300x204Next week Xerafy will exhibit at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, which is the second of three shows where we are demonstrating our tags and partners that support surgical instrument and tray tracking (We’ve already been to HIMSS and have the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) event coming up in May).

We’re being invited to these events because RFID provides breakthrough functionality compared to the manual and bar code tracking methods that are typically used for tracking materials in sterilization processes and operating rooms. Here is a brief summary of some of the value RFID brings to these process:

  • Unlike bar codes, RFID tags require no direct line of site to read. That means the items can be identified and tracked by an unattended reader, or when they are covered by other objects. These capabilities make tracking more comprehensive and prevent items from becoming lost or unaccounted for.
  • RFID does not require an operator to physically scan an item. This is another big time saver, especially compared to having to aim a bar code reader at a tiny 2D bar code.
  • RFID can locate items when their location is unknown – this helps keep surgical instruments available when and where they are needed, and helps prevent unintended retention of foreign object (URFO) incidents.
  • Xerafy tags can be washed, sterilized and reused hundreds of time without affecting performance. Bar codes may fade or otherwise fail under the same conditions.

So far, most hospitals that have automated their surgical tray and instrument tracking are using bar codes. That’s mostly because reliable tags that could withstand sterilization were not readily available. Xerafy is changing that with Roswell and our other healthcare tags. As Janice Hardrath, CTO of Xerafy’s partner Censis Technologies said recently: “With Xerafy bringing sterilizable RFID tags to the market that are specifically engineered for surgical trays and instruments, I think we are going to see more adoption.”