Dentist 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. Continue reading
RFID 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.
OTC visitors proved our theory that upstream oil & gas organizations totally get the benefits of RFID for asset utilization, risk mitigation and logistics. Simply said, they all understand:
- What RFID is;
- Where it can be used, and;
- How safe it is to use
Many energy and petroleum drillers, service companies, inspection companies, and manufacturers realize how they can benefit from a connected relationship with other parties in the ecosystem who are part of the product lifecycle. The benefits include gaining traceability and documentation from cradle to de-commissioning the asset. Continue reading
What a difference a year makes. Next week we are attending the IAHCSMM annual exhibition and conference in Florida to demonstrate our bulk reading system for surgical trays and instruments. When we exhibited last year attendees couldn’t believe that our tiny RFID tags could survive the autoclave, identify dozens of items simultaneously and provide complete traceability through sterilization processes. This year, they don’t have to just take our word for it, we can share the results of our incredibly successful 18-month Rigshospitalet trial where our sterilizable read-on-metal RFID tags saved an estimated 31,000 hours while protecting patient safety.
Another thing that’s changed in the past year is that the Internet of Things has gained real traction in healthcare. Verizon reported that the number of healthcare devices connected to its network rose 40 percent in 2014. Xerafy has played a role there too, because our tags make it possible to add intelligence to almost any item and to extend the reach of networks and sensor systems. Continue reading
Rigshospitalet, a hospital in Denmark, conducted a long-term trial to see if RFID tags could survive the processes needed to provide traceability for surgical instruments, and if automated tracking could add value. After 18 months and more than 1,000 sterilizations inside an autoclave, the answer to both questions is yes.
Xerafy Dash XS tags were permanently attached to a variety of instruments that surgeons used during actual procedures at Rigshospitalet. The tags provide complete traceability through surgical and sterilization processes. RFID readers were used to automatically provide a count of instruments prior to a procedure, issue alerts if any items were missing, automate instrument counting after the procedure was completed to ensure no items were lost and possibly left inside the patient, and were read again prior to sterilization and after the sterilization process was complete to ensure every item underwent the proper cleaning procedure and that no non-sterile items ever made it into the operating room. Rigshospitalet used the “Tag, Track and Trace” (TTT) surgical instrument tracking system developed by Xerafy’s partner Caretag Surgical, which also set up the reading systems for the trial. Continue reading