Facebook Connect on LinkedIn Connect on Twitter Connect on Google Plus
 

RFID for Autoclaved Devices

A medical device manufacturer needed to keep up-to-date inventory of autoclave-sterilized joint replacement components – without costly, time-consuming manual barcode scanning processes. Vizinex RFID was there to help.Sterilizer

The Challenge

A major medical device manufacturer provides – though a network of distributors – joint replacement kits used by thousands of hospitals nationwide. Each kit contains a number of components, which are chosen individually by surgeons to create the proper fit for each patient.

The unused portion of each opened kit is returned to distributors who must re-stock the unused items quickly and accurately. Tracking the parts moving to and from customers and then back into available inventory stocks required a precise and automated identification method. RFID provides a high throughput, low error solution for these distributors.

The Vizinex RFID Solution

The manufacturer needed to provide distributors with a streamlined method of inventory tracking. The process needed to:

  • Not require kits to be shipped to distributors, then opened and counted
  • Consistently provide accurate, up-to-date results
  • Utilize components capable of withstanding multiple autoclave cycles

The manufacturer turned to Vizinex RFID and its software partner to provide an asset tracking solution meeting all of the above criteria. In turn, Vizinex produced a durable, autoclaveable RFID tag solution integrated with a scale, capable of determining which components were present in each kit, based on weight.

The Vizinex RFID tag itself – hardened to withstand steam, chemicals and elevated temperatures – is mounted to the metal tray housing each kit.

The tags’ theoretical lifespan of 400 autoclave cycles has been proven in the field: In the two years since deployment, none have faltered – significantly outperforming the manufacturer’s previous RFID tag solution.

Results

RFID technology helped the manufacturer create significant efficiencies, saving money and reducing non-value-add work both internally and at partner distributors. Perhaps most importantly, the RFID-based asset tracking system helps ensure patient safety and reinforce the trust hospitals and surgeons place in the manufacturer’s solution.

Have a challenging asset tracking application? Vizinex’s team of experts can deploy modern RFID technology to help you solve it quickly and affordably. Contact us at 215-529-9440 or sales@vizinexrfid.com to learn more.

Vizinex Updates

FROM THE BLOG

Don’t Sacrifice Inventory Control in the Name of Efficiency

A waste hauling company developed a set of metrics to try to improve the efficiency of...

RECENT NEWS

Vizinex RFID’s Sandra Garby Featured in Industry Week

Embarking on the entrepreneurship journey in the US manufacturing industry is not a trek for the...

FROM THE BLOG

Warehouses Use RFID Tags and Drones to Save Billions

Warehouses with an extensive inventory have historically lost billions of dollars to misplaced items and faulty...

RECENT NEWS

Vizinex RFID Announces RFID Solutions for Returnable Transport Items

Vizinex RFID, the industry leader in developing and manufacturing high performance RFID tags tailored to specific...

FROM THE BLOG

RFID is the Ideal Solution for Tracking Green Assets

Providing a unique advantage over barcoding, RFID technology is quickly transforming into the ideal inventory management...

RECENT NEWS

Vizinex RFID’s Plans for Expansion Featured in Lehigh Valley Business Journal

Expansion is the name of the game for Vizinex RFID. The Allentown-based company is in the...

FROM THE BLOG

RFID Technology Gives Factories the "Tools" Needed to Maximize Productivity

Factories are using RFID tags to determine the possible lifespan of tools more efficiently. The technology...

RECENT NEWS

Vizinex RFID Releases VX-Mini RFID Tag

Vizinex RFID, the industry leader in developing and manufacturing high performance RFID tags tailored to specific...

FROM THE BLOG

Don’t Sacrifice Inventory Control in the Name of Efficiency

A waste hauling company developed a set of metrics to try to improve the efficiency of...

RECENT NEWS

Vizinex RFID’s Sandra Garby Featured in Industry Week

Embarking on the entrepreneurship journey in the US manufacturing industry is not a trek for the...