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  • 09 Jun 2021

SML RFID launches ultra-small tag for pharmaceutical items

SML RFID launches ultra-small tag for pharmaceutical items

SML RFID has launched GB32U9, its first DoseID certified inlay, and the latest addition to its range of high-performance RFID tags, designed for unit-of-use medications in pharmaceutical applications to provide high quality and rapid inventory counting in dense tag populations.

The GB32U9 is designed to tackle the pharmaceutical industry’s pain points of tracking liquid and small items. The inlay combines its ultra-small size with U9 sensitivity to provide balanced and accurate tracking of general pharmaceutical packages. In addition, its small design means the GB32U9 easily fits on a wide range of pharmaceutical products, including small items such as plastic syringes, plastic vials, and other plastic materials containing liquid. 

The GB32U9 features auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers, and pre-serialized 96bit EPC. Its ultra-small broad bandwidth antenna measures 20x10mm with a wet paper face size of 26x12mm.

The GB32U9 inlay is DoseID certified, having met Auburn University ARC Lab’s Spec S. The certification ensures that serialized unit-of-use medications can be read accurately and reliably throughout a range of hospital pharmacy and inventory management workflows.  

‘In an industry as critical as pharmaceutical and medicine, having an inaccurate view of inventory proves costly and needs to be addressed, and hospital pharmacies are looking to pharmaceutical manufacturers for solutions,’ commented Dean Frew, chief technology officer and senior vice president of RFID at SML Group. ‘The GB32U9 inlay is designed to alleviate these pain points and provide pharmaceutical manufacturers an easy solution to DoseID-enable their unit-of-use medications.’

Dr Jeremy Liu, vice president of RFID technology at SML Group, added: ‘The GB32U9 inlay provides a unique and innovative approach to inventory management for the pharmaceutical industry. Where smaller items with liquid around have previously been difficult to scan in hospital and supply chain workflows, the GB32U9’s ultra-small size allows these organizations to obtain pinpoint accuracy. The compact design, combined with the sensitivity of the U9 chip, creates an inlay that caters perfectly to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry’s operations.’

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