Passive UHF tags on rigging equipment will provide real-time asset tracking in extreme environments
HONG KONG, July 16, 2013 – Xerafy, Ltd, a global supplier of RFID metal tags, and Holland 1916, a manufacturer of rugged identification products, have teamed with C-Logistics LLC, part of the Edison Chouest Offshore family of companies and a leader in integrated supply chain solutions for the oil and gas industry, to develop a new ruggedized RFID solution for metal slings and rigging equipment. The solution supports logistics and asset tracking applications in the oil and gas industry.
The industry-first passive UHF RFID solution combines a Xerafy Versa Trak small form factor on-metal RFID tag with a synthetic housing from Holland 1916. The housing is an ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) plastic that is extremely resistant to shock and abrasion. The solution is also intrinsically safe, an important concern in the oil and gas industry. Continue reading
HONG KONG, June 26, 2013 – Xerafy, a global supplier of RFID metal tags, has teamed with Caretag, a software and solution provider, to deliver traceability of surgical instruments and trays to a consortium of hospitals led by Rigshospital Copenhagen.
Sponsored by the Danish government fund for innovation, Förnyelsesfonden, the pilot project is comprised of hospitals and national health authorities including Rigshospital Copenhagen, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg University Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden as well GS1 Denmark, the Danish health innovation society, and the Danish Medical technician society.
The projects goals are to RFID-enable sterilization centers at the instrument level to increase patient safety, optimize logistics and storage of surgical instruments within hospitals, optimize workflow at central sterile supply departments (CSSD) and surgical theaters, prevent the loss of instruments, free up time for better treatment and improve service to patients. The project will also serve as a de facto proof of concept for using RFID to comply with the forthcoming U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules for unique device identification (UDI) in hospitals. Continue reading
Xerafy and SIS-USA partner to introduce RFID-based system to accurately and automatically track surgical trays and devices
HONG KONG and CHICAGO, May 1, 2013 – Xerafy and Surgical Instrument Service Company, Inc. (SIS-USA) have partnered to solve the ongoing issues related to tracking and managing surgical trays, surgical devices and biomedical equipment. Each company is a leader in its respective field and the new partnership will bring an innovative, best-of-breed solution to provide highly visible surgical asset management aimed at tracking the use history of surgical instruments and devices.
The SIS-USA solution incorporates software and Xerafy autoclavable radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to bring tray-level visibility to tray inventories between the sterilization department and operating room. It uses EPCglobal Gen 2, ISO 18000-6C standard passive UHF RFID technology to automatically track, count and record items as they move through decontamination, assembly, sterilization, storage, transport and procedural uses – from the autoclave to the operating room and back. Continue reading
Xerafy, Ltd. rejects Omni-ID USA’s allegations of patent infringement. Xerafy considers these claims totally unfounded and spurious
HONG KONG, April 26, 2013 – Following comprehensive analysis by independent RFID technology experts, Xerafy is very confident that its RFID tags do not infringe on either of Omni-ID USA’s patents. Xerafy reached this conclusion after engaging with independent technology and IP experts to review the claims made by Omni-ID USA and conducting a thorough examination of Xerafy product portfolio against the complaint.
Omni-ID USA filed a lawsuit against Xerafy that makes general claims about product designs and reading methods that are inaccurate. Xerafy will vigorously defend the suit. Xerafy has successfully defended erroneous claims made by other companies before, and those disputes ended with the other companies withdrawing their inaccurate positions. Xerafy will continue to defend its rights and it reputation, and to contest any false or misleading claims about the company.
“We are extremely confident on our intellectual property position, and should this matter go to court, we are very confident we will prevail,” said Xerafy founder and CEO Dennis Khoo. “There is absolutely no basis for Xerafy to pay any royalties, licensing fees or penalties to Omni-ID USA, and we will continue to resist Omni-ID USA’s pressure to do so.”
Xerafy conducted numerous discussions and meetings with Omni-ID USA prior to the lawsuit being filed to understand the basis for the infringement allegations as well as the technical points at issue. During that time, Omni-ID USA insisted that Xerafy join Omni-ID USA’s technology licensing program and pay royalties for Xerafy’s entire product portfolio. However, Omni-ID USA failed to demonstrate that any Xerafy products infringed its patents. Xerafy is fully convinced it does not infringe, and that Omni-ID USA has no rights to revenues from the sale of any Xerafy products. Continue reading
PORTLAND, Oregon and HONG KONG, April 25, 2013 – Access Solutions and Xerafy recently provided an automated Foreign Materials Exclusion (FME) solution with RFID functionality to improve safety at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in Homestead, Florida. The plant recently completed an extended power uprate (EPU) project that expanded its power generating capacity by 15 percent. The plant was offline during the EPU as thousands of contractors were on site to upgrade the facility. Access Solutions’ FME STARtrac(SM), AUTO-ID Foreign Material Exclusion system, featuring RFID tags from Xerafy on tools and materials used in the project, enhanced safety and provided asset tracking during the upgrade.
FME is an essential component in protecting critical power generation equipment during maintenance. The power industry has experienced equipment failure when objects not part of the operational design are left behind following maintenance activities. FME STARtrac from Access Solutions reduces the potential of this happening by using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other auto-ID technologies to identify and track tools, components and other assets. The software stores detailed asset information, alerting FME technicians if an item’s condition has changed or is left in a controlled area. Continue reading