Not every device we profile can be high-profile sexy cool, but this little number could become hugely useful in a behind-the-scenes sort of way. It’s called GammaTag, and it’s a gamma-ray resistant read / write RFID chip. This means hospital inventory that needs to be sterilized by radiation can still be tracked and monitored by RFID:
GammaTag easily attaches to components such as sample and production bags, tanks, filters, manifolds, tubing and hose, storage vessels, and to complete single-use systems. Several attachment methods — silicone tape, watchband style holders, pouches, and lamination — are available. GammaTag withstands gamma radiation up to 45 kGy (kilograys) and temperatures from -20°C (-4°F) to 85°C (185°F).
GammaTag’s read/write ability makes it unique, as data may be written directly on the tag, unlike read-only bar code labels or tags. In conjunction with a handheld tag reader and software (known as PET, Process Equipment Tracking), GammaTag allows access to the current status of process components on the spot — simply aim the reader towards the tag to recall information or to write new data to the tag.
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