It wasn’t that long ago the idea of embedded RFID in metal assets bordered on science fiction. Just over a decade ago, simply getting UHF RFID tags to work near metal was considered a significant engineering challenge. Fast forward: Xerafy offers an entire suite of tags that not only work on metal, but also embedded within it.
In fact, in 2011 Frost & Sullivan awarded Xerafy’s groundbreaking RFID-in-metal technology the 2011 Global Product Innovation Award. Traditionally, applications for metal assets were accomplished via surface mounting of RFID tags. However, this approach did not work for scenarios where the tags could be damaged. Xerafy’s process not only made it possible to protect the tags and integrate them at the point of manufacture, but also enabled reliable RFID tag reading for a class of goods that had — up to that point — been very difficult to track using the technology.
According to Frost & Sullivan: “This eliminates the need for the end-customer to apply RFID to its assets. Creating this value-added step at the point-of-manufacture greatly benefits the end-user in terms of cost, manpower and the fact that the product will be ‘RFID ready.’”
The market responded enthusiastically. Across vertical applications, companies began adopting Xerafy’s small, durable tags for a variety of use cases.
Embedded RFID across industries
An auto parts plant in Europe deployed Xerafy’s Pico-iN Plus tags embedded in the head of a bolt to track sleds that carry parts through the paint process. Automakers are also beginning to experiment with embedding similar tags into automotive parts themselves. Continue reading
Tracking medical devices using rugged RFID tags can help manufacturers improve supply chain management, while making it possible for hospitals to improve asset utilization, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency. More important, this type of tracking can help manufacturers comply with U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements that call for a unique identifier to be placed on an ever-increasing group of medical devices. Xerafy partner MedEx-Intel delivers hospitals and implant manufacturers an autoclave-ready RFID tag system for individual implants and instruments to establish a foundation of tracking compliance with the FDA’s UDI mandate.
While there is no shortage of RFID solutions available in the healthcare market, MedEx~Intel has developed a single-source MedEx~Intellitrax solution to implement data management at the micro and macro levels, and one that provides customers with current and future solutions that embrace the inorganic Internet of Things and the organic domain of medical device implants. Managed together, this approach forms a more comprehensive Internet of Everything.
In simple terms, the complete MedEx~Intellitrax solution resides on a Cloud-based server, and consists of three distinct systems that can function independently or as a complete solution: MedEx, Intellitrax, and GlobalTrack. Continue reading
Data center security and efficiency is a top priority for IT organizations, and keeping an accurate inventory of data center assets and their service history is a key part of corporate IT strategy. RFID helps companies better manage their data center assets, and Xerafy is at the forefront of those efforts.
APAC CIOoutlook magazine, a publication connecting the IT Enterprise Community in Asia Pacific countries, has selected Xerafy as the “25 Most Promising Data Centre Solution Providers” for its annual edition on Datacenter solutions. Xerafy was selected after the editorial team analyzed offerings, top management and reputations of about 1053 companies offering Datacentre Technology solutions in Asia Pacific Region. Xerafy was also recommended based on inputs and feedback from the magazine’s advisory board which consists of top CIO’s and senior IT managers from Enterprises in APAC.
APAC CIOoutlook names 25 most promising data center solution providers
Increasingly, healthcare decisions are driven by data – electronic medical records (EMRs) have been implemented in the majority of healthcare facilities; and these systems provide data that is generating new insights into disease patterns and treatment approaches. Turning this healthcare information into actionable intelligence requires Big Data solutions and analysis.
Big Data can pose significant challenges for healthcare providers. HIPAA and HiTECH regulations impose strict requirements around the storage, management, and sharing of protected health information (PHI). Healthcare organizations are also tasked with managing the capacity to store and archive the data, and then make it available in ways that allow researchers and other staff to easily access the information and create useful reports.
According to this piece in Information Age, even a small pathology lab with a small slide scanner can generate as much as 15 terabytes of data each year.
“Looking at numbers like this, and when you start to consider what is required to successfully store this data, it quickly becomes clear that pathology laboratories, as well as hospitals and other medical research institutions, have a significant task on their hands,” says author Ben Rossi. Continue reading
Xerafy’s Xplorer RFID tag has brought new levels of visibility to the oil and gas industry. The rugged tag is designed for tracking drill pipes and oil tubes used in petroleum drilling operations. At the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Xerafy partner InfoChip, in conjunction with Pepperl & Fuchs, will demo durable RFID solutions via a display of a drill/riser string asset scanning application along with the associated RFID hardware. This new solution captures data from the riser confirms its spot in the drill string and keeps non-compliant product from being used. The Pepperl & Fuchs reader is in a purged box and certified for offshore use, while Xerafy’s ATEX certified UHF Xplorer tag is passive.
Durable RFID Solutions provide critical intelligence for safety, longevity and compliance
RFID-based data capture can maximize the life of downhole drilling assets. These assets must be managed and tracked reliably to make sure the right items are used for appropriate operations, and that inventory, maintenance, inspection and other records are up to date. This not only improves efficiency, but also ensures equipment meets industry safety regulations, which can help reduce — or even eliminate — accidents and failures.
Riser joints on offshore drilling platforms are highly regulated because of the stresses they are exposed to. Companies must keep comprehensive records to ensure risers are well maintained and safe.
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