FAQ for UDI

FDA-UDI-300x112The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently published an FAQ and other guidance about its Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirement to permanently identify medical devices. Xerafy has experience with UDI solutions and we are getting a lot of questions about where RFID technology fits in the UDI program, which we address in the following FAQs.

Q: If I use RFID for the UDI, do I need to have a bar code too?

A. No. Bar codes are not required for UDI labeling. The FDA made a point not to require bar codes because it wanted to give labelers the flexibility to use the automatic identification technology that best meets their product requirements.

Q. Do we need to retroactively apply UDI labels to devices that were in service before the UDI Rule was created?

A. No, but it is something to consider. The UDI program provides a consistent format for identifying devices and managing data. The consistency could be very valuable for asset management, inventory control and lifecycle management operations. Otherwise, organizations will need to maintain databases that use different item ID formats, which could contribute to errors or cause interoperability issues. Your automated asset management program becomes more valuable the more items you include in it. Continue reading

Xerafy Partner atlasRFIDstore focuses on creating the absolute best customer service experience

Business PicXerafy is proud of its extensive network of partners around the world. This week our blog focuses on North American hardware partner, atlasRFIDstore. We recently had the opportunity to interview atlasRFID’s Marketing Content Manager Suzanne Smiley about their business and the direction of the RFID industry in the U.S.

How is atlasRFIDstore positioned in the RFID industry?
atlasRFIDstore is an RFID hardware retailer which provides customers a secure, one-stop shop for all their RFID equipment needs. We pride ourselves on hiring industry experts who work hard at establishing lasting relationships with our customers. With our product expertise, we are able to recommend the optimum hardware and RFID tags which best fit our customers’ project parameters, saving them time and money in the process. Continue reading

Three Things You Need to Know About Flyable Parts Tracking

flyableTraceability and visibility are valuable for many processes, but they are necessities in the aerospace industry. If a part’s identity and history can’t be verified it can’t go up in the air, so there is a real possibility that a multimillion dollar aircraft can be grounded because of insufficient records for a $10 part. Aircraft operators can’t afford ignorance about flyable part identities, and they also can’t afford delays while parts are investigated and records are consulted. The industry simply doesn’t have the profit margins to allow expensive assets and specialized employees to sit idle because of preventable delays.

These safety and business realities are why Xerafy and RFID technology have found a home in the aerospace industry – not just for airlines, but for any organization that is responsible for maintaining and building or providing parts. As Carlo Nizam, who leads RFID efforts at Airbus said in a recent RFID Journal article: “We believe very strongly the RFID part-mark capability can improve how we trace things, not just for us but the whole value chain.” Continue reading

Look for Xerafy at the 2014 IoT Show

Shenzhen-showThe 6th China International Internet of Things Technologies and Applications Exhibition (IOTE 2014) will kick off next week, August 14 – 16, at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.

As the largest and one of the more important RFID trade shows in China, almost all the familiar foreign and domestic players in the Chinese market will be there showing off their latest products and technology. And this year Xerafy will present our products through our partners like CEC Huada and SATO at the show. After all, people relate better to application than products. Continue reading

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