RFID technology continues to mature with form factors smaller than ever anticipated. This time the healthcare industry stands to benefit when Xerafy brings a new on-metal tag to market next month.
The new XXS line is billed as the world’s smallest passive UHF EPC Class 1 Gen 2 RFID metal tag. Dennis Khoo, CEO of Xerafy, says that the tags will be commercially available by the middle of November.
The XXS series tags complement Xerafy’s XS series tags and together enable more than 90 percent of surgical tools in hospitals to be tagged.
No bigger than a grain of rice, the new XXS series of RFID tags delivers a strong size-to-performance ratio with a read performance of up to two feet. The new tags are available in two form factors: the Dot XXS tag which is round and measures at 0.16 x 0.10 inches thick, and the Dash XXS tag at 0.26 x 0.08 x 0.08 inches thick.
“The introduction of XXS high performance RFID tags will create many new opportunities in the market, allowing even the smallest assets to be tagged,” says Khoo. “These ultra-small tags will also serve as a catalyst for RFID embedded technologies; and as the Internet of Things (IoT) comes of age, smart assets will be able to integrate RFID technology at the design and manufacturing stage.”
The XXS RFID tags also come with an autoclavable version for the healthcare market and are durable enough to withstand repeated sterilization cycles and industrial chemical washes. The incorporation of unique device identifiers (UDI) identify medical devices throughout their distribution and use, and when tied into electronic health information systems, strengthen the national medical device post-market tracking system.
The minute size of the RFID tags eradiate most concerns regarding the tag interfering with the use and balance of the instruments. The XXS tags also make the embedding process easier, allowing surgical tool manufacturers to explore source tagging solutions instead of the traditional approach of retrofit attachment.