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RFID: From Start To SencorpWhite

RFID Pharmaceutical SencorpWhiteHappy New Year! As we move into 2015 and I find myself surrounded by forecasts for the year ahead, I’m can’t help but notice more and more buzz about the “Internet of Things,” a topic I mentioned in an earlier blog post and will be talking more about in the coming weeks. Putting it all together, I decided to make a prediction of my own:

A somewhat “old-fashioned” technology is going to play a starring role in the new Internet of Things. Which “old-fashioned” technology? Why RFID, of course.

Some of you may consider RFID a relatively new advancement, but the technology itself isn’t new at all. RFID was initially developed during World War II to help identify approaching enemy planes, and it has been used in various forms of identification technology since then –although never gaining as much traction as it deserves. Most recently, there was a significant flurry of interest in the early 2000’s, when Walmart floated an initiative requiring that all of its vendors’ pallets and boxes be RFID tagged. That initiative failed miserably, and left many companies with a bad taste for technology that was more advanced and higher cost than they were ready for at the time. However…

When I saw the direction Walmart was headed with RFID those many years ago, I realized it would be only a matter of time before the technology would end up driven down to the item level, and I wanted SencorpWhite to be ahead of the curve. We began focusing on cutting-edge machines that automatically apply identification, such as a RFID tag, on packaging as the packaging is formed. SencorpWhite now owns the patent for this process (US 20050237195 A1: Method and apparatus for placing ID tags in molded articles), one that is becoming increasingly essential for manufacturers.

(Remember: The FDA requires that by 2017, medical device manufacturers must implement a system capable of identifying individual medical devices with a unique device identifier (UDI) that is machine-readable from the point of manufacture to the point of use.)

Over the past few years, RFID technology has advanced exponentially and the cost of tags has dropped, making this type of solution accessible for a variety of different end markets. From what I’ve seen, high-value products, such as medical devices, instruments, implantables and pharmaceuticals, are just the right fit to finally allow RFID to flourish at the item level. I also believe the momentum created in the life science market will open the floodgate for consumer packaging.

Now you see why it’s such an honor, and a no-brainer, that SencorpWhite has joined the RAIN RFID Alliance, an industry coalition designed to advance and commercialize RIFD technology so it becomes as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi. We’ve been asked to participate in their health care subcommittee, reinforcing our leadership in this space and opening up opportunities for collaboration with other potential partners who can help up bring our customers the most up-to-date and compliant technology available.

So, please stay tuned. In the weeks ahead, I look forward to writing more about RFID technology, the Internet of Things and how they are coming together to change both packaging and inventory management in exciting new ways.

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