The concept of smart clog is definitely at the forefront.

Few companies have adapted to change or have intention to invest in this technology.

The new hospital tender specifications already list the presence of a tag as essential requirement, not to mention industrial laundries, that to stand out in efficiency, have been managing for a long time linen and sport clothing.

It is turn of shoes. To offer a smart service of 360° degrees, also serves a smart clog!

However, what exactly means smart clog? It’s a sanitary clog equipped with a microchip or tag Rfid or transponder or smart label that identifies and traces movements or uses.

Why include a microchip in the clog?

It is not easy daily moving thousands of garments between towels, sheets, pillowcases, quilts, uniforms and footwear. The industrialization of processes involves a very difficult tight movement to rule, independently from the internal or external service. The manual inventory takes too long, not to mention the fact, that garments are similar and are often confused, as well as lost or missed.

The key of solution? The automatic identification that is the using of microchip (or intelligent labels) that univocally premises to identify each garment, in this way to speed up automatically the take charge, the movement annexed to all processes associated to washing, drying and ironing.

The microchip of sanitary clog avoids losing it and monitors washes. Therefore, it is warranty of security and hygiene, as well as prevention of waste.

It is an imperative to adapt the sanitary clog to these systems of smart reading and logistic, that is sign of productive and commercial liveliness, under penalty of future exclusion from many sales channels.

The sterilizable line Reposa prepared for microchip.

Reposa is among the first to have believed and invested in this adaptation. On customer request, the entire sterilizable line, top of range Reposa Max, Reposa Easy and Reposa Save presents internal and external space for insertion of tracking microchip.

Unlike garments or linen where the tag is simply sewn, apply the same tag inside a printed rubber clog as a unique body, has required an effort of development and research.

The tag should be save, not removable, protected during washes and usage. The space and the thickness of produced clog is limited and reduced, while the antennas in use are always longer to amplify the reading radius.

But it is not enough resolve space and production dynamics! It is also necessary identify the right frequency of microchip (that also influences on its form and dimension), that one, conforming to the reading systems in the structures of destination. If the microchip has incompatible frequency, it results unreadable or not performing, and it is completely useless.

Reposa accepted the challenge!

What means Rfid and where this tecnology is applied

RFID is an acronym of Radio-Frequency Identification. The technology Rfid consists of Rfid tag, applied on or in the object and connected to an antenna that sends signals.

Classification of RFID systems

The RFID tags are normally classified based on some technical parameters:

  • Based on method of power supply

Passive RFID → tags receive energy needed to operate from the field provided by the reading system, with a distance of limited reading (up to 10-15m). A system with passive RFID technology can operate in low frequency (LF), high (HF) or highest (UHF e VHF)

Active RFID → tags are powered with an electric power source (for example with long-life batteries): when these tags are queried by the reading system, they emit a radio-frequency signal capable of propagation over larger distances. Using advanced radio transmission technology in the band UHF, active RFID equipment transmit and receive data at distances over 100 meters.

  • Based on processing of stored data

Read-only mode → allows using the RFID technology in replacement of bar code.

Read-write mode → allows not only a transmission of information, but their update on the microchip. The tag becomes an identification system that may keep track of a product’s history from the processing stage and to be interactively used throughout the supply chain up to retail distribution and in some cases up to the customer.

Last diversification: the form. The Rfid tag may be flexible in the form of credit card, long and narrow, as a button or coin, in the form of key o may have a shaped form in basis of its plastic container.

Applications and benefits of RFID technology

Here are some possible applications of Rfid technology:

  • Warehouse logistics_ identify with tag each container and each shelf of warehouse reduces errors in withdrawals and provides a certain identification of the item.

  • Control presences and accesses_ RFID has a valid alternative to technologies of traditional personal identifications (badge, cards, etc.)

  • Tracking of practices application of one RFID label to each practice allows automating their research in paper archives, to make the recording of the withdrawal/refund and to keep track of the various movements between offices and warehouses.

  • Service and maintenance with a simple reading of tag applied directly on servicing machines, it will be possible to obtain the history of carried out maintenances and repairs

Multiple application scenarios of RFID in the healthcare sector:

  • Tracking of the drug supply chain to ensure product safety and ant counterfeiting

  • Management of the pharmaceutical warehouse for dynamic and real-time information, plan purchases and so avoid reductions in stock and out-of-stock or remove expired products

  • Tracking of surgical instruments, test tubes, biological material (ex. blood bags), where RFID is often connected to temperature sensors.

  • Certain and correct identification of patient, associated to relative pharmacological care

  • Management of supplies and devices provided ( argued in the previous paragraphs)

All this is aimed at eliminating human error and economic optimisation of operating and logistics flows.

How to read Rfid tags?

Equipment mostly in use.

The information contained in tags can be read and updated with specific equipment. For fixed installations it refers to so-called “gate”, that are nothing more than antennas mounted on a suitable frame in areas where tags to be tracked will be passed.

There are also portable terminals that can detect the same tags: the device in this case is movable and suitable for use in the field as technical assistance or for inventory management. Both systems must then be connected appropriately to information system.

The latest development for management of sanitary hooves is the massive reading cabinet, which uses a RFID-UHF technology. The system here is able to store the movement of hooves, allowing operators to know the exact quantity inside.

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