New, Flexible RFID Platform For Use In Various Pharmaceutical, Clinical Trials and Laboratory Applications
Maxell's Heliport RFID System Provides the Foundation for Next-Generation Track and Trace and Information Management Solutions in Life Science Industries
Fair Lawn, NJMaxell Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Hitachi Maxell Ltd., introduced the flagship product in the company's line of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) solutions. Maxell's new RFID system provides OEMs and system integrators in the medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory markets a flexible technology platform for the development of customizable and secure RFID solutions for a variety of high-value, life science applications.
The new RFID system is known as Heliport, and it is comprised of an advanced RFID reader and RFID chip that is customized for individual applications. It allows information to be wirelessly transferred from a tag to a reader to enhance the ability of companies to track individual items. The RFID system will be utilized by pharmaceutical companies, clinical trials facilities and research laboratories to automate the clinical trial, drug development and research process and ensure advanced data management through the system's advanced reading/writing/storing functionality. The system ensures automatic, accurate and real-time information tracking and management and supports the chain of custody, quality control and data verification requirements that meet the anti-counterfeiting, consumer safety and regulatory compliance needs of the pharmaceutical industry and the need to lower error rates, improve processing costs and ensure regulatory compliance in the laboratory and clinical trials environments.
The product is expected to accelerate the use of RFID in the pharmaceutical, clinical trials and laboratory markets, where its small size and writable memory are critical engineering considerations. It ensures information captured by the RFID system is safe and secure, a critical mandate for industries tracking highly sensitive and valuable information and responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance.
Smart Medical Technologies, a medical device company based in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA has designed a "smart test tube" system around Maxell's Heliport read/write technology. The company plans to introduce this system to the blood testing market later this year. The system is expected to fully automate the laboratory process.
Key features and functions of Maxell's Heliport system include
- Flexible Customization: Maxell's small form factor RFID chips can be integrated into a wide variety of end-designs previously limited to manual barcode systems. Possible RFID-enabled end-systems include test and specimen tubes, specimen bottles and vials and prescription drug containers and bottles.
- Multiple Applications: The system is designed for multiple life science applications and can be used to track lot codes and expiration dates, store pedigree information, manage regulatory compliance data, track individual patient and specimen information and record events and transactions.
- Readable/Writable Memory: The chips can store high volumes of data, from 128 B to 4KB.
- Data Privacy and Security: This product was designed to useproprietary standards and secure authentication.
- Advantages over Existing Systems: The system provides next-generation advantages over bar code devices. No line-of-sight requirements. Rugged packaging makes the chips and the data stored impervious to harsh environments, including extreme refrigeration.