Xerafy, Censis Technologies Bring RFID to AORN and SPD

Hong Kong, March 27, 2014 – Visitors to the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo being held March 30 – April 2, 2014 in Chicago can see how innovative RFID tags from Xerafy can provide an accurate, time saving alternative to bar codes and other methods to track surgical instruments and trays as they are moved between sterile processing departments (SPDs), operating rooms and other areas. Censis Technologies, a leading provider of surgical instrument tracking solutions, is exhibiting at the show and will be featuring Xerafy tags as part of its Censitrac® portfolio of solutions.

Censitrac has multiple modules that give hospitals the ability to track the location of surgical instruments, trays and other assets in real time, produce usage history and asset utilization reports, ensure proper sterilization procedures are followed, maintain reprocessing records and provide other information to optimize OR management and improve patient safety. Censitrac users typically apply Data Matrix two-dimensional (2D) bar codes to the items they want to track and manage, but RFID tags provide an alternative identification method. Continue reading

Xerafy Redefines Rugged RFID Tags

New Gen2-compliant Roswell tag features antenna-free design and eliminates risk of failure

HONG KONG, 20-February-2014 –Xerafy has made a significant breakthrough in the read-on-Metal UHF RFID tag category with the release of its Roswell tag, which is the result of a patent pending design engineering innovation that improves tag ruggedness, temperature resistance and reliability. Roswell’s stainless steel exterior serves as the tag’s antenna, and because the unique design eliminates the need for a spacer between the tag and the mounting surface, there is absolutely no transmission loss associated with the way the tag is attached.

The innovation also enables Roswell to attain 5-meter read performance over a 180 degree orientation in extremely challenging, metal-intensive RF environments. The antenna-free design ensures reliability and durability by eliminating the risk of tag failure from high impact and vibration. Roswell tags can be welded or soldered directly to metal objects, or attached by bolts, tie loops or adhesive. The tags have a 1.1 inch (28mm) diameter can be laser engraved with human readable text or a 2D bar code. Continue reading

Xerafy, Motorola and OATSystems Exhibit Wireless Surgical Instrument Tracking System at HIMSS14

Mobile RFID solution to improve patient safety and produce inventory savings

HONG KONG – Feb. 18, 2014 – Xerafy, a leading read-on-metal RFID tags provider for healthcare and extreme environments, today announced that it will be exhibiting at HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Motorola Solutions’ Booth #5545. Xerafy, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems, and Motorola Solutions will collectively demonstrate their surgical supply management system on Motorola Solutions’ handheld computers, showing how radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can improve surgical safety and surgical instrument inventory management. HIMSS14 will be held February 23-27, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The system helps solve several safety and supply management problems for hospitals. The U.S. health care system discards more than $200 million worth of medical equipment and supplies from operating rooms, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2013, the Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert highlighting the patient safety risks associated with mismanaged surgical devices. Since 2007 there have been 770 reports of instruments being left inside U.S. hospital patients after surgery, according to the Joint Commission . These incidents are called unintended retention of foreign objects (URFO) and were responsible for 16 reported deaths. Approximately 95 percent of URFO incidents result in additional care and an extended hospital stay, and the average cost to resolve a URFO is $166,000. Improperly sterilized surgical instruments also cause infections and other adverse events. Continue reading

Xerafy Resolves RFID Patent Infringement Dispute with Omni-ID

HONG KONG, 06-February-2014 – Xerafy and Omni-ID have reached an amicable, out-of-court settlement in their intellectual property dispute.

Under the terms of the confidential settlement agreement, Xerafy will continue to manufacture and sell its complete range of RFID tags, including high performance read-on-metal tags, in the U.S. and around the world.

“Xerafy is pleased with how the matter was resolved,” said Xerafy founder and CEO Dennis Khoo. “IP disputes are common with emerging technologies, and we are pleased we could work with Omni-ID to come to a mutually beneficial agreement. We look forward to devoting all our energies to supporting our customers and continuing to develop new RFID products to solve business problems.”

Terms of the settlement are confidential.

Aviation MRO Service Prevents Foreign Object Damage (FOD) With RFID Tool Management System from Xerafy and NG Way

1HONG KONG, 29-January-2014 – A leading aviation MRO services provider with facilities in Europe and the U.S. has implemented an RFID tool tracking system from Xerafy and NG Way for foreign object damage (FOD) prevention.

Unattended tools are a leading source of foreign object damage, which costs the aerospace industry an estimated $4 billion annually . Boeing has reported the cost to repair a single engine that is damaged as a result of a foreign object can easily exceed $1 billion. FOD can also cause injuries and damage to airport facilities and support equipment.

An international aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider is successfully avoiding foreign object damage caused by tools because of its new RFID-enabled tool tracking system. The system uses XS Series Dot-On and Dash-On read-on-metal UHG RFID tags from Xerafy embedded into tools, plus handheld RFID readers and NG Way’s ToolCheck software to record which tools are assigned to technicians, track tool locations and to verify that no tools are left behind when maintenance activity is completed. Continue reading