Tageos launches smallest RFID inlay for healthcare & pharma

DoseID certified solution for unit-of-use medications

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Tageos' new RFID inlay. Photo Tageos

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for high-performance, resilient healthcare solutions worldwide. RFID technology contributes strongly to that by providing products for seamlessly tracking and tracing pharmaceutical items on a unit-of-use basis. DoseID, an industry consortium for the use of RFID technology in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space certifies RFID inlays for tracking of pharmaceuticals.

With the EOS-202 U9, Tageos is not simply expanding the range of DoseID certified and ARC Spec S approved inlays designed for unit-of-use medications and specimens in pharmaceutical applications. The French-headquartered RFID supplier is fundamentally upgrading that range with a product of unique capabilities. Its new UHF product announced on 25 August 2021, features a sophisticated, very-small-footprint antenna design measuring just 20 x 10 mm (wet inlay finished size 22 x 12 mm) alongside NXP’s state-of-the-art UCODE9 IC. The IC complies with the EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol and the ISO 18000-6c standard for global use, and features auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers, and pre-serialized 96-bit EPC memory.

Suitable for tagging all latest items specified by ARC Spec S

The chip and the antenna design tailored to its make EOS-202 U9 the market’s smallest RAIN RFID inlay (as of August 2021) to exhibit strong performance across all types of items currently tested according to ARC Spec S for healthcare and pharmaceutical applications.

Its industry-leading read sensitivity and reliability, even in dense RFID tag populations, make the EOS-202 U9 viable for use across the latest portfolio of tested items outlined by ARC Spec S, including clear and amber liquid glass vials, clear glass powder vials, plastic/COC syringes, plastic syringe caps, and plastic blow-fill-seal vials. That performance edge pays off in a wide range of hospital, pharmaceutical, and inventory management workflows, and comes without any size disadvantage compared to other existing certified inlays.

The new EOS-202 U9 high-performance UHF product underlines Tageos’ commitment to deliver innovative, high-quality RFID inlays, confirmed by the company’s award of the ARC Quality Certification for the design and manufacture of its RFID inlays and tags. The new inlay is available in dry, wet, and paper-face formats in large quantities as of now.

Providing the healthcare sector with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution

“The new EOS-202 U9 inlay underpins our strong commitment to always provide our customers with the most advanced products in terms of maximum performance, quality and sustainability. With its unique combination of the smallest size and optimum read characteristics in challenging environments, the new inlay provides the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector with the ultimate ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution,” said Chris Reese, head of Product Management at Tageos. “Because of its broad range of applications, we
consider the EOS-202 U9 as a true breakthrough product in the market.”

Kit Check tries out new RFID inlay and approves

Tageos customer and DoseID founding member Kit Check, the leading provider of automated medication tracking and diversion detection solutions for hospital pharmacies in the US, expressed its satisfaction with the new product. “We are excited to have access to a new product that combines the smallest size in the market with unique suitability for all relevant packaging items. It certainly looks like the EOS-202 U9 delivers on its ‘one-size-fits-all’ promise – and that is good news for us and for all of our customers,” said Kevin MacDonald, co-founder, and CEO of Kit Check.

DoseID also welcomes the launch of the new Tageos EOS-202 U9 inlay – “It’s good to see our list of certified inlays growing. The fact that there is now a product that passes all ARC Spec S tests also confirms, our certification and testing concept makes it very easy for customers to choose the right solution,” said Tim Kress-Spatz member of the Board of Directors at DoseID.

Tageos is a global market leader in the design and manufacturing of RFID inlays and tags. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality, innovative RAIN RFID (UHF), NFC, and HF products, enabling customers such as retailers, brand owners, and industrial manufacturers to identify, authenticate, track and trace, and complement their product offerings in a wide range of applications and markets. Tageos is ISO 9001-2015 certified and has received ARC Quality Certification from Auburn University’s RFID Lab for the design and manufacturing of its RFID inlays and tags. Tageos is headquartered in Montpellier, France, with offices, sales, R&D and operations in Germany, USA, Hong Kong and China.

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