Impinj-Powered UHF Gen 2 RFID Solution Delivers Exceptional Results for Item Tagging of Pharmaceuticals
November 14, 2006 - Seattle, WA
Impinj, Inc., a leading provider of Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) chips and readers, today announced the results of a live demonstration conducted yesterday by the HealthCare Packaging division of Owens-Illinois (O-I) at the RFID Health Care Industry Adoption Summit in Washington, D.C..
In pharmaceutical manufacturing and fill-line demonstrations, a near-field UHF Gen 2 RFID solution, comprising Impinj's Speedway™ reader and O-I's item-level embedded RFID tags powered by Impinj's Monza™ chips, achieved 100% reliability when reading and writing tags at high speed on pharmaceutical bottles. In the first demonstration, the UHF Gen 2 system programmed 96-bit EPC numbers at rates exceeding 600 tags per minute on bottles containing the four most common dose types — liquids, gel caps, solids and powder. In the second demonstration, the system developed by Impinj and O-I flawlessly read 600 tags per minute on cases containing 48 individually tagged bottles and a case-level tag.
"These results are a true breakthrough in item-level RFID implementation," said Michael Liard, Research Director, RFID & Contactless at ABI Research. "The demonstrations validate that a near-field UHF RFID solution exists and that it provides remarkable performance and reliability. The focus on RFID as part of the packaging, and not a standalone label attached to the packaging at the item-level in pharmaceuticals, is both innovative and exciting. With these solutions being made available, we can expect to see increased interest among pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers evaluating item-level RFID."
Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
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