RFID Supply control
RFID can powerfully enhance management of equipment use and medical supplies, while ensuring availability during need. By automating the monitoring of hospitals’ medical supply stocks, RFID can even help enhance timely delivery. After access privileges to frequently used medical items or equipment are defined for individual staff, tracked access and use data can be analyzed to anticipate and schedule resupply, equipment maintenance or identify waste or overuse.
ACG Pulse’s automated vending system employed an Idesco RFID reader, to solve Prysmian’s need to monitor and control its staff’s work glove consumption. As a result, within a short time Prysmian succeeded in lowering glove consumption by 70 % and improving employee efficiency. Prysmian staff now use their personal access tags to easily retrieve work gloves as needed from ACG Pulse’s dispensary. Simultaneously, collected data monitors the remaining glove stock, to help ensure a ready supply.
How does RFID actually work, and what kind of features do transponders require to make it work? This article answers these questions by focusing on RFID’s transponders and their identification capability. If you are a system integrator, your own customers might find the points covered in this discussion helpful.