Xerafy Has Solutions for a $30 Billion Problem

policecargopromoA recent Forbes article examined what companies are doing to prevent cargo theft, which costs U.S. businesses $30 billion annually according to the FBI. The article reports that electronics and pharmaceuticals are the most expensive goods stolen from the supply chain, while metals, food and beverage products, household items and apparel are the most frequently stolen.

The article goes on to cover how companies are using expensive GPS, satellite and mobile computing systems to track their goods. The trouble with these systems is that they are used to tell when vehicles and shipping containers go missing. Xerafy can provide a deeper level of cargo protection, asset management and inventory control because we can track and manage products at the pallet, case and item levels. The most problematic products cited in the FBI report – computer equipment and other electronics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage items, etc. – are ideal candidates for tracking and management with our Trak Series and Metal Skin product lines. They can be used in the supply chain, but also in data centers, factories, warehouses, hospitals, offices and virtually any other location.

Metal Skin makes it possible to track and locate products that can’t carry a traditional RFID tag because they are too small, curved or flexible. Metal Skin moved RFID smart labeling away from just cartons, documents and garments and enabled thin, flexible, standard RFID labels to be used on metal items and other assets, including laptops, tablets, cell phones, test equipment and more.

The Trak Series family has tags designed specifically to meet various asset management needs, ranging from blade servers inside data centers to returnable transport items used in international supply chain operations. Like Metal Skin smart labels, Trak Series tags can be used on or off metal. They offer support for international frequencies, ruggedness to enable outdoor use in industrial environments, and a wide range of sizes for use in data center, hospital, manufacturing, logistics and other operations.

Specialized tags like these surpass what bar code and general purpose RFID technology can do and are helping make RFID asset management an $18 billion market. Xerafy tags have helped companies manage thousands of hard-to-track assets; contact us to see how we can help you.

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Healthy Outlook for Healthcare RFID Adoption

9577847_xxlThe latest RFID market growth forecast from IDTechEx not only shows a very bright future for passive UHF, but also reflects how far the market has come. The healthcare market projection provides a strong example.

There will be 28 percent more passive UHF tags used for medical and healthcare applications in 2014 than there were the year before. The percent change is in line with the overall growth for all passive UHF tag sales (27 percent). However, the healthcare segment is growing faster than some applications that are more established and have received much more end-user attention, such as logistics, airline baggage and cargo tracking, access control and even general asset tracking. Continue reading

Xerafy Makes Aviation Flyable Parts Tracking Easier

29577655_xlLately, aerospace OEMs and MRO providers increasingly have been adopting high-memory RFID tags for storing part manufacturing and maintenance history for the life of an aircraft. The aviation market has accelerated adoption of Air Transport Association (ATA) SPEC2000 standards to improve both the structure and transferability of data. Differences in certification requirements among regulatory agencies (FAA, EASA, etc.) previously hampered adoption of RFID on serialized aircraft components. But now, driven by the common business goal of an outsourced, open source, global supply chain, the airline industry — led by Boeing and Airbus — the industry is collaborating to make more use of automatic data capture using GS1/EPC RFID standards of RFID in ATA SPEC2000 for permanent parts marking.

The application of RFID technology in the aviation industry has many proven benefits, with the ultimate objective of continued air safety. By storing information about a component part directly in an RFID tag that stays with the part, its history is always readily available at any point in the part’s service life. This is particularly important for maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations (MROs) which may not have Internet connectivity at the point of service. Traditional data collection systems (clipboard-based inspections, manually entering serial numbers, bar coding) are too slow and inaccurate. Part serial numbers are often inaccessible to workers, a problem that RFID solves with its long read range. Continue reading

Finding RFID’s Fit in the Internet of Things

10634881_xlCisco predicts there will be 13.5 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2022 in the manufacturing industry alone. But……43 percent of manufacturing executives currently don’t understand or even know about the Internet of Things, according to a recent LNS Research survey.

These data points seem to contradict each other. Please use the comment section below to tell us what you think. Here is our view: Xerafy’s customers and partners probably know more about the Internet of Things than they think. Continue reading

UHF Makes its Mark in Manufacturing

20455435_xxlWe’ve recently seen some trade magazine articles and white papers about using RFID in manufacturing that have an outdated view of the technology. The coverage correctly explains that RFID can automate and improve work-in-process (WIP) tracking and other production processes. The guidance becomes misleading when it suggests that high frequency (HF), 13.56 MHz RFID technology is needed for use in industrial environments.

There was a time when 13.56 MHz RFID was the best option for use around assembly lines and other operations where metal was present. That time was many years ago. UHF RFID tags are read millions of times every day in factories thanks to innovation by Xerafy and others that have made it practical to use UHF on and around metal objects. Continue reading