Operating rooms and surgical centers can be hectic environments, with multiple patients entering and leaving for different types of procedures, conducted by different surgical teams. Every procedure requires a fresh, complete, and fully sterilized set of surgical instruments specific to that operation.
Surgical kits are assembled in advance of each procedure, matched to the patient, and then counted before and after the operation. This is to ensure that the doctors have everything they need before they begin, and to make sure that no instruments go missing after the procedure. All instruments have to be accounted for to ensure patient safety — many doctors have accidentally left surgical tools inside their patients.
But because of human error, 100 percent accurate instrument counting can be difficult to achieve. Many factors can compromise accuracy, including inaccurate instrument lists; personnel may not be familiar with the instruments; or staff may be rushed because of a packed surgical schedule. The time necessary for a staffer to hand count instruments adversely affects room turn-over time, thereby increasing costs. Continue reading
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
If you tell anyone in upstream oil & gas operations (offshore or onshore) you have designed a RFID tag that survives drilling operations and ask if they could use it, their response would undoubtedly be: Absolutely!
Xerafy, InfoChip’s exclusive partner, has done exactly that for the oil & gas industry. Prior to the new Xplorer tag, over the past 10 years there were many attempts to create a UHF tag for use in downhole drilling that proved unsuccessful. Most previous solutions embraced either LF or HF RFID technology and have fallen short of expectations due to lack of read range, multi-scan and/or durability. It is important to note that most oil & gas operators are requesting UHF frequency because it gives the user the ability to do multi-scan reads and provides longer read range options.
The new Xplorer’s rugged design exceeds the harshest drilling operations that a pipe encounters. The Xplorer tag operates at continuous exposure to 500°F and 30,000 psi. The form factor design featuring stainless and PEEK® materials allows the tag to stay in the milled pocket for the life of the asset. It is the first UHF tag that reads from 3 to 7 feet with a fixed reader mounted to a handling tool or other object. Continue reading
China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition (CIPPE) is the largest petroleum exhibition in China presenting the latest technologies and products in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. Held March 26 – 28 in Beijing, CIPPE 2015 attracted 2,000 exhibitors from 62 countries and regions.
Xerafy joined our partner Victrex at CIPPE 2015 to showcase Xplorer, our latest patent-pending RFID tag for tracking drill pipes and oil tubes used in the oil and gas industry. Xerafy Xplorer is an ATEX-certified downhole RFID UHF tag that was designed by working closely with oil and gas service companies, end users and drill pipe manufacturers. It meets their pipe integrity and ruggedness requirements for downhole drilling and sub-sea operations.
Xerafy’s Xplorer is constructed with high-strength steel and polymer materials from Victrex to meet hazardous environment requirements. The tag has been validated by tests simulating simultaneous high temperature, extreme pressure and severe vibration. Continue reading
Xerafy’s extensive network of partners represent innovative RFID solutions implemented around the globe. This week’s blog features CAEN RFID, a leading Auto. ID company located in Viareggio, Italy. Thanks to Luca Nardini, Sales Manager from CAEN RFID for the contribution to the blog.
1) Tell us about CAEN RFID and how it is positioned in the RFID industry?
CAEN RFID has been in the UHF RFID market since 2003 when we designed our first products. With more than 10 years of experience, we have built a good reputation for innovation, quality products and customer support. Our product portfolio is now one of the more complete in the UHF RFID market. It includes embedded modules, fixed readers for portals, mobile readers, desktop readers and RFID temperature loggers. Our customers, mostly system integrators, rely on our technology to build their own solution for customers, and on our technical support to get the most from our products.
We are convinced that UHF RFID technology will be widely adopted in the near future — in organizations of all sizes. This means there will be a proliferation of diverse applications where many different RFID-enabled devices will be needed. This is why we offer a wide variety of interoperable readers in various form factors, with different price and performances, with internal design and with cooperation from partners, specialized in various fields, to best respond to the final customer needs.
2) What is unique about CAEN RFID hardware solutions?
We realized that most of RFID installations require a controller for data analysis and filtering, local processing, data aggregation with information coming from other sources, remote communications and many other features. For this reason we developed a reader with an embedded PC and many communication interfaces, removing the need for an external PC and related cabling in most installations. This results in huge cost savings during deployment and operations, reducing the total cost of ownership of installed devices.
Coupling sensors with RFID technology is another area we strongly believe in. Today we offer a range of UHF RFID temperature loggers based on the ISO 18000-6C protocol, one which was adopted by DHL for the implementation of their temperature-controlled transportation service called THERMONET.
CAEN RFID technology is used, directly or through partners, by many worldwide customers including Motorola, DHL, M3 Mobile, IER, Check Point and many other important companies. Continue reading