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

Are You Ready for Industrial Revolution 4.0?

industry4slider-300x131With the meteoric rise of wireless, RFID and sensor technologies and the development of the Internet and cloud-based services, the industrial internet is already taking shape and will cause a disruptive paradigm shift in the Industrial Revolution.

The first Industrial Revolution started when the first mechanical loom was introduced in 1784. It wasn’t until 1905 when the second industrial revolution began with mass production based on division of labor, powered by electric energy. It wasn’t until the start of the 1970s when the industry was introduced to electronics and information technology for a further automation of production. With each industrial revolution, the gap is shorter and we are now embarking on Revolution 4.0 where technology enables machines and products to take an active role in creating new efficiencies and operational improvements. Although there is a transition period, moving to these cyber-physical production systems is going to happen quicker than you think.

Technology Innovation and IP Protection

auth-featDeveloping innovative technology is a complex, time consuming and very expensive process. Despite the challenges, Xerafy is committed to developing innovative technologies for the benefit of its customers and the public. Unsurprisingly, Xerafy is known in the RFID marketplace for its groundbreaking breakthroughs including being the first in the world to introduce: 1) the game changing metal label, 2) the smallest RFID tag that can be used even for surgical instruments tracking, 3) an embedded RFID tag for the extremely harsh application in oil and gas downhole pipe identification.

Xerafy’s innovations have allowed it to obtain broad patent protection for most of its tags worldwide. At the same time, Xerafy’s key focus has always been on our customers and meeting market challenges. There comes a time, however, when it becomes necessary for an innovative company to safeguard its innovation and intellectual property, particularly against competitors who want to utilize Xerafy’s innovation without taking a license to Xerafy’s patents. 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