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Tego Releases Environmental-Monitoring Technology for Pharmaceutical Applications
The Touchless Environmental Monitoring Solution includes a high-memory tag attached to items such as agar exposure plates, an app used on a handheld reading device and Tego's Asset Intelligence Platform to track the history of the item in laboratories or clean-room environments.
The tags are designed for rugged environments and to sustain temperatures that can vary widely from sub-freezing to gamma and electronic beam sterilization. Tego's solution consists of the cloud-based Asset Intelligence platform with its Hub software dashboard, as well as the Tego Narrator App, which users can download on their reading device. "The software doesn't favor any one device," Cerfolio notes. "Rather, its power is that it enables the exchange of lots of information at the edge, between the operator and the asset, that has been made intelligent with Tego's solution."
In the case of agar exposure plates, tags are affixed to the plate's exterior, and production data can be written to the tag and stored with its unique ID number, both on the tag itself and in the software. From that point forward, other information can also be added or stored, such as the identity of the culture in the plate, the due date or expiration date, the name of the manufacturing center or the identity of the test station within that facility, as well as the operator's ID.
"Tego's AIP is limitless," Cerfolio says, "as far as the type of data that can be written and stored. Data could be structured or unstructured, an Excel file or an image."
According to Cerfolio, companies will use the solution to automate the collection of data, thus ensuring that the agar plate does not need to be touched to access its ID or data, and to capture a history about the item itself and the people who have interacted with it. "In this way," he states, "they can prove, batch by batch, compliance with FDA contaminant regulations."
The solution follows Tego's digital environmental-monitoring solution for the aerospace industry, in which critical airplane parts and components must be tracked and require high-memory tags, as well as software to store and interpret data.
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