Tracking medical devices using rugged RFID tags can help manufacturers improve supply chain management, while making it possible for hospitals to improve asset utilization, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency. More important, this type of tracking can help manufacturers comply with U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements that call for a unique identifier to be placed on an ever-increasing group of medical devices. Xerafy partner MedEx-Intel delivers hospitals and implant manufacturers an autoclave-ready RFID tag system for individual implants and instruments to establish a foundation of tracking compliance with the FDA’s UDI mandate.
While there is no shortage of RFID solutions available in the healthcare market, MedEx~Intel has developed a single-source MedEx~Intellitrax solution to implement data management at the micro and macro levels, and one that provides customers with current and future solutions that embrace the inorganic Internet of Things and the organic domain of medical device implants. Managed together, this approach forms a more comprehensive Internet of Everything.
In simple terms, the complete MedEx~Intellitrax solution resides on a Cloud-based server, and consists of three distinct systems that can function independently or as a complete solution: MedEx, Intellitrax, and GlobalTrack. Continue reading
Xerafy’s extensive network of partners represent innovative RFID solutions implemented around the globe. This week’s blog features RFIQ, a leading RFID turnkey solutions provider in South Africa that is redefining the RFID landscape in Africa. Thanks to Conrad Taljaard, Managing Director of RFIQ for his contribution to the blog.
1) How is your company positioned in the RFID industry?
RFIQ was created back in 2011, but we have been involved in the RFID industry since 2005. We are an RFID solution provider company based in Johannesburg South Africa and make RFID come alive. RFID is not simply a small division in our company but forms a major part of what we do on a daily basis. We offer solutions in terms of LF, HF as well as UHF RFID technology. We have successfully combined other technologies like biometrics with RFID — making it possible not only to manage RFID enabled products but to manage the human identification associated with the RFID items. We are an integrator partner, developing in-house applications, systems and integrating these with other systems. As a complete turn-key solutions provider, we provide world leading technology and assist customers on a daily basis to make the correct selection in terms of tags, and we pride ourselves in the actual implementation and ongoing support.
2) Tell us about an interesting RFID application you’ve worked on or been working on?
We have been involved in many interesting RFID projects ranging from issue and return solutions using biometrics to maintenance application in terms of fire equipment asset management using Xerafy’s Metal Skins. Xerafy’s Metal Skin was chosen because it is cost effective, high performance and easy to print, encode and apply around curved surfaces securely.We have also deployed the CargoTrak in many applications ranging from vehicle and trailer management to mining applications because it is IP68 and provides up to 12m of read range reliably. One of the most popular tags in the market remains the Xerafy NanoXII offering good all around stability, ruggedness and high performance to size. We recently completed a merger with BlueChip Holdings and should see some very interesting applications coming from the divisions in the group.
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