Teijin Develops Three New Medical-device Management RFID Solutions

Tokyo, Japan, July 16, 2015 --- Teijin Limited announced today that it has developed three types of radio-frequency identification device (RFID) solutions for medical-device management using CELL FORM, the company’s RFID-enabled sheets that work like reader antennas, and the Recopick RFID information-management system.

Conventional RFID stock-management systems are not cost effective and their information reading qualities are unstable. Teijin’s CELL FORM RFID solutions offer breakthroughs that solve both problems.

The first solution is a medical-device management system that will be introduced at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo within the current fiscal year ending in March 2016. The system is capable of identifying in real-time the location of all infusion pumps and syringe pumps within the system, including equipment storage, shelves and patients rooms across all 22 wards of the hospital. It is ideal for managing medical devices in hospitals to reduce excessive inventory, monitor usage and eliminate misplacement.

The second solution is a smart cabinet system that manages medical supply inventories and automatically orders replacements when disposable items are used. The system performs automatic stock checking, reduces excessive inventory and maintains inventory on a real-time basis.

Teijin’s third new RFID-based solution is a smart sensing board that automatically reads RFID tags attached to disposable medical items stored in a bin. The board is placed on the top of the bin to record usage by monitoring the RFID tags on each device. The board can record the amount of items used and when the items were used to support precise fee calculation.

CELL FORM confines electromagnetic waves to a cell within and around its special thin, flat sheet. It incorporates @CELL data communication technology developed by CELLCROSS Co., Ltd., a spin-off venture company from the University of Tokyo, and specialized materials and manufacturing know-how developed by Teijin.

Teijin is developing CELL FORM for applications such as the surface-based communication of radio waves and expanded wireless LAN applications. Recopick® radio-frequency identification device (RFID) information management system facilitates information gathering, including presence and location, for thousands of communications/items in real time. Recopick® propagates ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio waves on two-dimensional surfaces, such as shelves, with minimum effect on other medical devices.

Teijin expects CELL FORM applications, including Recopick and PaperBeacon, the world’s first surface-based authentication beacon, to generate sales revenue of 2 billion JPY by 2019.

About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 

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