Category Archives: S3Edge

S3Edge @ the Florida Association of Blood Banks (FABB) Conference

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S3Edge will be showcasing the  iTrace  blood product tracking system along with Helmer Scientific at the FABB 2013 Conference.

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iTrace is an RFID and barcode based Blood Product Tracking system that enables improved compliance with FDA tracking requirements for blood products, enables cross hospital inventory optimization to reduce waste from outdated products and improves patient safety by preventing the release of unsuitable blood products. The FDA recently approved the 510(k) clearance for iTrace.

If you would like to know more about iTrace or see a demonstration, please stop by the Helmer booth.

Cheers!

The S3Edge team.

iTrace for Blood Centers receives FDA 510(k) clearance

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Auto-ID based tracking system developed as a result of a National Institute of Health STTR Grant secures FDA 510(k) pre-market clearance, SysLogic initiates transfer to S3Edge.

Read the entire press-release here

Goto http://www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php to learn more

“This effort represents the culmination of years of hard work by Rodeina Davis (principle investigator for the STTR grant, and a luminary in the transfusion medicine field), and the consortium members in bringing a much
needed innovation to the market in a collaborative manner. The FDA 510(k) clearance and commercialization will ensure that the cumulative efforts of the consortium benefit the transfusion medicine industry as a whole”,
said Lynne Briggs VP and CIO at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “Our pilot of iTrace for Blood Centers showed marked improvements in efficiency and accuracy in reconciling and tracking blood products from collections
through distribution”.

“We are happy to now initiate the transfer of the 510K clearance to S3Edge to enable further commercialization of iTrace for Blood Centers. Today’s announcement showcases our commitment not just to create compelling
technology, but to realize the vision of creating a successful product for the transfusion medicine industry” said Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based information systems consulting and
services firm, one of the founding members of the consortium and awardee of the STTR grant.

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“The RFID system provided equivalent capabilities to
those of IPR in terms of detecting and resolving process errors. It additionally provided the blood bank staff real-time visibility for blood products in transit to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department. We are excited by the potential of this technology to further improve transfusion safety in operating rooms because of its hands-free non-invasive nature” said Dr. Thomas J. Raife, MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director, UIHC DeGowin Blood Center.

“As the exclusive commercialization partner selected by the RFID Consortium, this is an exciting development that enables us to broadly market and deploy iTrace for Blood Centers. We look forward to completing the requirements for the transfer of the 510K from SysLogic and bringing this solution to the market. This significant milestone could not have happened without the efforts, guidance and leadership of the consortium. We look forward to working in tandem with this team of health care stakeholders and distinguished researchers
to ensure Blood Centers around the world can take full advantage of this new system”, said Mark Anastas, President of S3Edge Inc.

Congrats to S3Edge partner, Xplore Technologies for being recognized among “100 Great Supply Chain Projects” in 2013 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine for a joint solution win.

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Super kicked that the S3Edge solution that utilized Xplore  Tech’s industry leading ruggedized hardware to enable innovative mobile RFID_based apps to be deployed for shipping at Carrier Corp has won this prestigious award from SDExec one of the 100 great SC projects of 2013.

Congrats team Xplore tech and we look forward to many such more ground-breaking wins in partnership with you!

Read more here and give us a call if we can help you deploy similar mission-critical solutions.

Cheers!

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FDA clears first blood tracking device (iTrace for Blood Centers) that uses Radio Frequency Identification technology

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The iTrace for Blood Centers device has the ability to enhance blood safety by helping to ensure that unsuitable units are not released,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “iTrace for Blood Centers will be used in blood establishments by trained personnel as a tool in streamlining blood collection and processing and aiding in product tracking and reconciliation.”

Read the press release here

S3Edge is proud to announce that iTrace for Blood Centers, the first application to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in blood establishments to assist in enhancing blood safety by preventing the release of unsuitable blood components, was cleared today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device was cleared for marketing based on the submission of a premarket notification, often referred to as a 510(k). A 510(k) submission made to the FDA demonstrates that the device is at least as safe and effective as, that is, substantially equivalent to, a legally marketed device that is not subject to a premarket application.

This is a significant milestone in the commercialization of iTrace for Blood Centers (developed and owned by S3Edge as part of the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium – read more here), and we look forward to working with Blood Centers and Hospitals world-wide to deploy this key piece of technology to keep our blood supply safe, secure, and operationally efficient.

Stay tuned for more updates! In the interim you can read more about the solution at http://www.s3edge.com/solutions/healthcare and sign up at www.s3edge.com to be notified when the product launches.

 

Cheers!

The entire S3Edge and TMRFID team.

Carrier makes excellent manufacturing even better with RFID based software from S3Edge to streamline operations and logistics at their manufacturing facility

Carrier Collierville, named by Industry Week as a top manufacturing plant in the nation (2011), has improved shipping productivity by 33%, and error reductions by 80 – 90% – due to the new auto ID based air-conditioner tracking system, and will keynote the upcoming RFID Journal Live 2013 event.

S3Edge is  extremely pleased to announce that Carrier Corporation, a Fortune 50 company that’s part of United Technologies will be keynoting at the upcoming RFID Journal Live event to talk about the mission-critical solution they’ve deployed in production with our software and hardware from our partners (Impinj, Xploretech, SMARTRAC, Xerafy, and Motorola).

Below is the description of the keynote session on May 1st at RFID Journal Live 2013, the world’s largest RFID event in Orlando, Florida.

How Carrier Made Excellent Manufacturing Even Better With RFID
Carrier, a leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. and a provider of technology to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. In January 2012, the company’s 900,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, located in Collierville, Tenn., was named one of IndustryWeek’s top-10 Best Plants in North America for 2011. In September 2011, the plant deployed an RFID system to create an automated shipping and component verification solution in a high-volume and high-velocity environment. Hear how the solution was designed and implemented, how it reduced truck-loading errors by more than 80 percent and how it boosted shipping productivity by 33 percent, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual savings. In addition, learn what’s ahead for RFID at Carrier.

Speaker:

Balaji Suresh, Materials Manager, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier

If you are in Orlando this week, and would like to discuss this in more detail, drop me a note.

Cheers

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Our customer, Carrier Corp to keynote RFID Journal Live 2013

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Source: RFID Journal Events [http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php]

Extremely excited to announce that Balaji Suresh, our project sponsor at Carrier Corp (a UTC company) will be keynoting this years RFID Journal Live 2013 in Orlando on May 1st.

Mr. Suresh will be talking about the first ever 24×7 high-availability shipping and parts verification solution they’ve deployed at their Collierville plant in Memphis, TN on the S3Edge Spotlight platform (live in production for more than a year now), and I’d highly recommend this sessions for enterprises who have been sitting on the sidelines looking to educate themselves on the value and approach of deploying such a solution in a mission-critical environment.

Drop us a line if you’d like to learn more!

Cheers!

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Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a successful 2013 ahead!

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Happy Holidays!

From the entire S3Edge team.

The mission-critical RFID journey continues: this time around in the transfusion medicine field.

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Great article by Claire from RFID Journal on the work we’ve been doing in the Transfusion Medicine supply chain. Read about it below, and check out www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php for more information.

Consortium Pilot Finds RFID Improves Efficiency of Blood Supply Chain

An interesting snippet from the piece that captures the essence of the overall solution:

The consortium found that the use of RFID during the pilot resulted in a 33 percent reduction in reconciliation issues or misplaced products at the blood-donation points, as well as an 87 percent decrease in reconciliation issues or misplaced products when blood arrived at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s headquarters. In addition, efficiency during final inventory check-in at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin increased by 63 percent. At the hospital, product visibility was improved and the correct blood product was delivered to patient bedsides without a single error, for a total of 144 transfusions.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Talking mission-critical RFID with Impinj

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I had an opportunity recently to talk to the awesome folks at Impinj and share some thoughts around the solutions we’ve been working on – check it out at http://www.impinj.com/blog/ and drop us a note if you have any thoughts / comments or questions,

Cheers!

 

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Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant First in the Industry to Debut Auto-ID Foreign Material Exclusion Tracking Program

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Another feather in S3Edge’s cap as we enable yet another mission-critical Auto-ID solution (in the Energy vertical)  for compliance and tracking – in this case delivered and administered by our partner Access Solutions & Siemens (ive in operation since April of this year) for FME services at  Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point reactor.

Here’s a gist of what is being said about the new automation system for tool and personnel tracking (STARtrac) powered by S3Edge’s Spotlight software.

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“Our system is the first of its kind in the nuclear industry,” explained Velma Brunt, one of two FME accountability technicians in the steam generator work area. “Basically how it works is we scan the individual’s badge and the tools they’re carrying into the work area. Once the person is ready to exit, we rescan their badge and tools. The system automatically alerts us of any materials left behind.”

Over 15,000 tools in the plant were Auto-ID enabled in advance of the EPU project. Many hand tools were equipped with radio frequency identification microchips for efficient scanning. The rest were laser-imprinted with bar codes or marked with identification numbers. Doug Sodaro, PTN’s safety manager, hopes the program will be a great tool in keeping the plant team in Prevention mode. “We use a lot of materials on a daily basis, which means we have to constantly mitigate FME risks. This tool is very useful in that it allows us to have Strong Ownership & Accountability over FME.”

To read the entire edition of Turrkey Point Nuclear News from April, check out the PDF from our partners website –> http://accesssolutions.site.aplus.net/userfiles/file/ptn_nuclear_news_SHORT.pdf

Cheers!

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