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SencorpWhite Adds RFID to Medical Storage Unit
The company's MicroVert secure device for dispensing high-value supplies, pharmaceuticals or blood now comes equipped with RFID, to automatically identify what is removed and returned, and to manage inventory.
Feb 09, 2012—SencorpWhite recently released a version of its MicroVert compact storage system that employs radio frequency identification. RFID technology enables a user of the automated storage device, such as a hospital or a laboratory, to track which items are removed, and by whom, and can also provide instructions to an individual who is retrieving items, to ensure that he or she takes the appropriate products.
Several companies in the health-care market are currently testing the RFID-enabled MicroVert device, says Maurizio Turri, SencorpWhite's executive account manager for automatic-identification integration —who, prior to joining SencorpWhite, worked for the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center, where he managed RFID-related research and development programs. The solution can be sold to users outright, or be provided at a monthly fee for use of the equipment and cloud-based server.
The MicroVert steel storage device secures high-value items—such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals or tools—that are required by a company's staff, but that must be monitored in order to ensure that they do not end up lost, or expire before they can be used. The solution comes with SencorpWhite's onboard PC and a 15-inch color touch screen monitor for accessing Web-based Genesis inventory-management software. The software, located on the onboard PC, as well as on a server linked to the MicroVert device via a Wi-Fi, cellular or cable connection, manages the dispensing of items to a worker, and stores data regarding which products were taken. The software can also interface with a user's enterprise resource planning (ERP) or pharmacy-management software.
The MicroVert, which measures 78 inches high, 50 inches wide and 36 inches deep, is a steel storage unit available with either a single door or dual doors, as well as motorized shelves that turn toward the doors, according to the specific items requested. The storage device locks when not in use, requiring a PIN code for users to release the doors, thereby enabling the software to track who has accessed the unit. Also available is a temperature-controlled version that can maintain the temperatures of items stored within, via a cooling or heating unit.
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