Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to composite materials to construct lighter and stronger airframes. Because many of the composite materials used in the manufacturing process require precise temperature controls, solutions for tracking the composite materials used are taking off faster than Airbus’s newest A350 XWB.
Airbus and Boeing combined are slated to produce more than 8,000 aircraft combined over the next six years, making composites the dominant material in the manufacturing of aircraft by 2015, a massive increase from 1980 when under 5 percent of an aircraft relied on composites.
RFID Journal this week featured commercial aircraft component manufacturer ATK, which is using a solution provided by Xerafy partner OATSystems and employing Xerafy’s MicroX II tags to track composite materials and associated tooling. Continue reading
Along with partner Surgical Instrument Service Company, Xerafy showcased our healthcare surgical tray and instrument level RFID tracking solutions at the 2013 International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management conference (IAHCSMM) from May 6 to May 7 in San Diego. The result was another stellar show of support from SPD managers, directors and equipment manufacturers for improving the process of managing surgical instruments through UHF Passive RFID.
IAHCSMM is an annual conference dedicated to central sterile supply department (CSPD) professionals and includes education, certification programs and exhibits showcasing the latest CSPD equipment and technologies. The industry continues to undergo a rather massive transformation to ensure CSPD professionals have the proper training and tools to properly manage inventories and monitor the sterilization processes, which is no easy task, especially when important items tend to disappear or be misplaced and those errors can be costly or even life threatening. Continue reading
The use of RFID to keep track of valves in the oil and gas industry has quietly been growing over the past two years and we are now beginning to see climbing adoption rates for the technology.
The most frequent use of RFID tags is asset management. According to Valve Magazine, it present multiple advantages. The securely mounted tags can be read from a distance in warehouses and layout yards and cannot be easily removed from the valve. Oil and gas companies and valve manufacturers can reduce paperwork by having instant access to model numbers, certification numbers, manufacturing data and complete service and inspection histories. Continue reading
This week has seen a lot of coverage on the future of RFID in healthcare. RFID Journal profiled our partnership with Innovapaedics to help revolutionize medical implants (which we blogged about here) and, in another article announced the start of an ambitious two-year research project that will investigate the use of RFID to guide surgical robots, track instruments, manage the sterilization process and more.
While these articles look ahead to the future, for Xerafy the future is now. We are working with customers and partners to make several of the applications referenced a reality today, along with some new ones we hope to announce soon. Continue reading
Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandate that all companies maintaining sensitive data such as financial and health records not only prove they own their equipment, but also have complete control over equipment content security.
To address the challenge of increasing inventory accuracy and decreasing inventory time and physical labor within data centers, Xerafy partner RadiantRFID provides a complete solution of RFID tags, readers and software that automatically track and secures assets, with very little human intervention. Continue reading