Identiv announced that the company has partnered with S+P Samson to produce the latest innovation for surgery instruments and medical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. In working directly with hospitals and Identiv, S+P Samson has developed an extremely thin, small ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID label to stick on stainless steel and plastics, like medical instruments. With a key component — a UHF inlay — this label can withstand cleaning, disinfection, or hot steam treatments and continue to track all life-saving tool maintenance parameters that hospitals require.

Every day, in every hospital, thousands of medical instruments have to be sterilized. Identifying these tools by RFID makes it easier for hospitals to keep track of the number of sterilization cycles and to accurately monitor instrument lifetime. The traditional administration of medical instruments required extensive manual labor. With RFID, the storage location, correct maintenance, age, and many other parameters of hospital instruments and devices can now be monitored easily and automatically.

“S+P Samson searched out the right company to connect with to engineer the necessary UHF inlay,” said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv Director of Product Management, Credentials. “Identiv is an expert in designing and manufacturing high-frequency (HF) and UHF transponders for embedded use in everyday objects, including medical devices, books, toys, and athletic apparel.”

Identiv’s transponders can be delivered in different form factors, including labels (printed or not), dry inlays, wet inlays (with backing adhesive), tickets, and more, and are uniquely positioned to deliver RFID connectivity to any object in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. S+P Samson connected with Identiv for the missing piece of the company’s UHF RFID label, a 5.4 millimeter (0.2 inch) diameter dry inlay made of Polyimide (PI) substrate and copper lines. This Identiv-designed UHF inlay chip is fully compliant with ISO18000-6C and is optimally tuned to deliver maximum performance in the customer’s environment.

“We chose to work with Identiv because of the team’s expert engineering and flexibility,” said Michael Boisson, S+P Samson Head of Product Development. “Identiv is highly skilled in the Internet of Things market and provided us with the right tools to make our product a reality. Working together, we are protecting patients in an ever-evolving world.”