Purdue Pharma Selects Impinj Gen 2 RFID Item-level Tagging Technology
High-Performance RFID Readers, Tag Chips and Near-field Antennas Boost Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Efficiency and Security
February 17, 2007 - Seattle, WA
Leading radio frequency identification (RFID) chip and reader supplier Impinj, Inc. today announced that Purdue Pharma L.P. will integrate Impinj's Gen 2 RFID products into high-speed pharmaceutical packaging lines for improved pharmaceutical supply chain efficiency and security.
Scheduled for production-level deployment in the second quarter of 2007, Purdue Pharma's Gen 2 RFID-enabled packaging line will utilize the Impinj GrandPrix™ UHF RFID solution, comprising Speedway™ readers, tags powered by Monza™ chips, and application-specific near-field reader antennas. The packaging line will be certified for production readiness under SYSTECH International's TIPS® Serialized Product Tracking solution that includes exhaustive tests modeling Purdue Pharma production packaging environments. During advance testing, the Impinj-powered packaging line surpassed tag read rate requirements with 100% tag read reliability.
"We are working to implement innovative solutions that will enhance security within the supply chain," said Aaron Graham, vice president of Corporate Security and chief security officer at Purdue Pharma. "The Impinj RFID technology has been selected as an integral part of our packaging line improvements to help the company establish an ePedigree process that will significantly improve the delivery of products from the factory to the pharmacy counter."
Successfully deployed in large retail and distribution environments worldwide, the Impinj GrandPrix solution utilizing Monza tag chips and Speedway readers addresses the most important RFID deployment criteria for pharmaceutical supply chain environments — high tag throughput rates, high read and programming reliability and robust, secure track and trace capability. The Speedway reader achieves superior read reliability with throughput exceeding 1000 tags per second in typical supply chain environments and 200 tags per second in dense reader environments with up to eight interfering readers. The Speedway reader also features a unique mono-static antenna design that delivers the RFID industry's highest performance while substantially reducing deployment and ownership costs. Monza chips and Speedway readers carry both EPCglobal's Gen 2 Conformance Certification and Interoperability Certification marks.
"We are very pleased that Purdue Pharma has selected the GrandPrix RFID solution to power its exciting new packaging line," said Dimitri Desmons, vice president of RFID marketing at Impinj. "This deployment demonstrates the reliability and high performance of Impinj's RFID technology for enabling item-level tagging and ePedigree initiatives that significantly improve pharmaceutical supply chain operations and security."
About Purdue Pharma L.P.
Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at www.purduepharma.com.
About SYSTECH International
Founded in 1985, SYSTECH International is a global provider of packaging execution systems in the pharmaceutical industry. The powerful combination of SYSTECH's products and services provide companies with complete control over packaging processes along with the actionable intelligence required to continuously improve packaging performance. By partnering with SYSTECH, companies can leverage an agnostic, scaleable architecture, to deliver significant improvements at the line, plant and enterprise levels. For more information about their company and products, please visit www.systech-tips.com.
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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