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RFID News Roundup
HID Global extends its SlimFlex RFID EPC tag portfolio, with pliable square tag; Delo intros new die-attach adhesive aimed at RFID industry; Pacific Medical Centers expands Versus Advantages RTLS to Totem Lake clinic; Monitex brings RF Code's active RFID technology to Australia; SES RFID expands into NFC market; Trapeze Group acquires RFind; Datamars launches UHF RFID system for textile-services, health-care, hospitality markets.
Jun 21, 2012—The following are news announcements made during the past week.
HID Global Extends Its SlimFlex RFID EPC Tag Portfolio, With Pliable Square Tag
HID Global has announced the availability of its new SlimFlex Square Tag, a durable ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag designed to provide multiple mounting options for optimal read range in industrial applications. The pliable tag is manufactured with an Alien Technology Higgs-3 chip, compliant with the UHF EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6 standards. The new tag's square configuration provides read ranges of up to 26 feet (7.9 meters) in dry conditions when mounted to any non-metal surface, and in wet conditions when mounted vertically to a flat surface or extended from a corner. The SlimFlex Square Tag is the latest addition to the company's recently introduced SlimFlex family of RFID transponders (see RFID News Roundup: HID Global Adds Flexible Broadband UHF Tag to Portfolio). All SlimFlex RFID tags are waterproof, provide high resistance to aggressive liquids and deliver reliable performance and reading stability across fluctuating temperatures, according to HID Global. Custom color options are available, and tags may be embossed or laser-engraved with a logo or a message for branding or enhanced visual identification. The SlimFlex Square Tag, like the entire SlimFlex family of UHF tags, can be mounted to uneven surfaces and provide long read ranges for asset-tracking, logistics, returnable transport item and waste-management applications. The SlimFlex Square Tags are available now.
Delo Intros New Die-Attach Adhesive Aimed at RFID Industry
Delo Industrial Adhesives, a specialist supplier of fast-curing encapsulants and adhesives, has announced a new die-attach adhesive. The new Delomonopox AC268 epoxy resin is an anisotropic electrically conductive adhesive designed to enable extremely fast production processes, the company reports, and is suitable for tasks in the RFID industry. According to Delo, its adhesives can be found in one out of three RFID labels currently in use worldwide. The AC268 resin is employed in chip-attach processes, particularly in flip-chip applications. It has a short curing time of six seconds at 190 degrees Celsius (374 degrees Fahrenheit) with a thermode, making fast production processes possible. Up to 20,000 microchips can be bonded per hour on a flip-chip production system, the company indicates, and the adhesive adheres well to a variety of flexible and rigid materials, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyimide, FR4, copper, aluminum and silver. The Delomonopox AC268 epoxy resin was subjected to thoroughly testing at Delo's engineering labs, the company reports, including temperature shock tests, bending tests and storage within a climatic chamber. The adhesive has an improved resistance to humidity, says Jens Amarell, Delo Industrial Adhesives' RFID product manager, making it a suitable solution for applications in which reliability is important—for example, those involving railway tickets, passports or protecting high-quality products against counterfeiting.
Pacific Medical Centers Expands Versus Advantages RTLS to Totem Lake Clinic
Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) has expanded its implementation of Versus Technology's Versus Advantages real-time location system (RTLS), which it has installed at PacMed's newly remodeled clinic at Totem Lake, in Kirkland, Wash. Since the RTLS was implemented eight weeks ago, the solution has allowed the clinic to treat patients more quickly. "We spend slightly more time on the front-end registering patients, but we've reduced the time it takes to find patients, and we no longer require medical assistants to escort patients from the waiting room to their exam rooms," said Jane Reubish, the PacMed Totem Lake clinic's supervisor, in a prepared statement. "We're collecting data, and we can see where everyone is, even if they're behind closed doors." With the Versus system in place, the same number of patients can be accommodated within a significantly smaller space, the company says. Pacific Medical has been utilizing the RTLS solution at its Canyon Park clinic, located in Bothell, Wash., and has doubled its number of monthly patient visits—from 3,000 to 6,000—and achieved an average patient visit time of approximately 46 minutes (see Washington State Clinic Doubles Visits With RTLS). The RTLS solution has enabled the clinic to reduce average wait times, and to improve patients' satisfaction by ensuring that they spend less idle time alone, and more time meeting with caregivers. The system employs battery-powered badges and asset tags using both RFID and infrared technologies. Every three seconds, the tag simultaneously transmits a 433 MHz RF signal, using a proprietary air-interface protocol, and an infrared signal, both encoded with the same unique ID number. IR sensors are employed to receive the tags' IR signals and enable the system to pinpoint a particular badge's location within a room, or within a few feet. RFID readers are also used as a redundancy to the IR system. The Totem Lake clinic offers primary care services to approximately 110 patients daily within its 17 primary examination rooms and three eye exam rooms. All staff members, including those in the registration/business offices and pharmacy, wear Versus badges. Upon registering, each patient is assigned a Versus badge, to be worn on the wrist. Some equipment is also tagged, making it easy for workers to quickly locate assets. The system alerts employees when a patient is ready to be seen, and tracks how long it takes to complete each stage of the treatment process. Some key patient milestone indicators that the Totem Lake staff can see in real time include each patient's overall length of stay, as well as waits time from the start of each new care interval.
Monitex Brings RF Code's Active RFID Technology to Australia
Monitex Australia Pty Ltd., a Sydney-based provider of a real-time monitoring and reporting platform for data centers, has integrated RF Code's wireless environmental-monitoring sensors and readers into its offerings. RF Code's sensors and readers, which leverage 433 MHz active RFID technology, include sensors that can monitor and manage risk from environmental events (see RF Code Announces Platform for Tracking IT Assets and RFID News Roundup: RF Code Intros Temperature-Humidity Sensor With Extended Battery Life). For example, its environmental-monitoring solution automates the capturing of sensor data, including temperature, humidity, fluid detection, power usage and air pressure—all of which can impact data centers. The data captured via RF Code's sensors and readers complements Monitex's new "single pane of glass" dashboard and reporting solution that offers data-center managers a single view into their operations.
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