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Maxell Introduces RFID Test Tube Tracking System
At the Automation 2005 show held in San Jose, California, electronics company Maxell showcased an RFID system to track test tubes in a laboratory.
Feb 16, 2005—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
February 16, 2005—At the Automation 2005 show held in San Jose, California, electronics company Maxell showcased an RFID system to track test tubes in a laboratory. Working with Japanese companies Kobe Bio Robotix and Tsubakimoto Chain, Maxell aims for the system to replace those of bar codes used commonly today. Improvements of the RFID system include the ability to scan a shelf of RFID-tagged tubes instantly and rewrite features that allow information stored on each tag to be updated and modified over time. While the cost of Maxell's system might be three times its bar code counterpart, the company anticipates that the improved tracking and operational efficiencies will justify the price point. After all, the move to bar code tracking was also expensive, but everyone agrees in retrospect that it was worthwhile.
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