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Tego Inc and RF Contols Partner to Accelerate Smart Factory Industry 4.0 Solution Adoption for Aerospace and Defense

WALTHAM MA SEPTEMBER 03, 2022 – Industrial solution provider, Tego Inc is pleased to announce a partnership with RF Controls to deliver Tego’s smart factory solution to aerospace and defense companies and other discrete manufacturers.

“Tego has successfully installed CS Smart Antennas in a production site, with up to 45 ft ceilings, and results stand for themselves that RF Controls products enable a unique and scalable battery-free RTLS option for our customers” said Timothy Butler, founder and CEO of Tego Inc. “RF Controls hardware seamlessly plugged in to Tego’s end-to-end platform solution. The result is a best in class connected solution for use in rugged production and supply chain environments. This enhances Tego’s platform solution, which delivers enterprise-wide visibility, automated process traceability, and integrated reporting with other software programs like MES and SAP. By teaming together, we facilitate faster solution adoption and implementation among customers.”

Tego Inc’s platform solution targets the estimated $40 Billion smart factory market segment consisting of aerospace and defense manufacturers. The solution delivers automation and digitalization of production floor inventory, goods movement, and includes manufacturing data process flows and real-time tracking capability. Installed on-premise or in the cloud, companies benefit from the solution’s integrated data analytics which integrates horizontally and vertically for maximum operational benefit and real-time business insights.

Under the agreement, Tego Inc will showcase RF Controls real-time location hardware. The initial collaboration will focus on real-time tracking of parts, components, and materials used by discrete manufacturers throughout their production facilities and as they transform into finished goods. RF Controls co-founder and CIO, Todd Spence, indicated that “Tego’s solution delivers the most comprehensive business process management solution in a no code, automated platform for customer’s ease of scalability. Tego’s end-to-end solution empowers customers with real-time business insights and automated reporting for improved throughput, better profit margins and dynamic resource management planning.”

 

About Tego Inc

Tego delivers a platform solution for industrial asset tracking, supply chain traceability, and process management. The company’s award-winning platform provides edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT deployments.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA.

 

About RF Controls

RF Controls is headquartered in St Louis and its products are made in America. The company is enabling a link between the physical and the digital world through its overhead Passive RFID RTLS solution. Its award winning CS Smart Antenna, Best New Product RFID Journal 2019, is part of the foundation for a connected future where logistics, manufacturing and retail are transformed into continuous, hands-free, location captured data of every item and asset. For some customers it is the first time they can truly see what they have been trying to manage all along.

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Can gamma-proof data stem the tide of aseptic manufacturing deficiencies?

In news that’s starting to sound like a broken vinyl record, instances of voluntary recall and FDA warnings continue to plague the aseptic manufacturing industry. To wit:

Baxter issued a voluntary recall for more than 427,000 units of sodium chloride injection and 54,528 containers of dextrose injection, citing “a lack of assurance of sterility” as the driving mechanism. (Read more on FiercePharma).

The FDA cited Tubilux for “deficiencies that include improper equipment use, insufficient laboratory controls, and problems with the company’s sterility assurance program.” (Read more on PharmTech.com).

And most recently, Rugby Laboratories just issued a major voluntarily recall for Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup. (Read more on Pharmaceutical Processing).

Even as the global market for environmental monitoring is estimated to reach $19.56 Billion by 2021, factors such as high costs of current proposed solutions, complicated implementation procedures, and high export barriers across emerging countries are restraining market growth.

How can gamma-survivable digital intelligence help? In an aseptic manufacturing environment, it transforms the very assets already in place into smart aids that keep better track of moment-by-moment conditions and process controls, to produce a more complete and verifiable record of sterility assurance.

The assets we’re talking about are those that monitor airborne particulates, active viable air, passive viable air and equipment surfaces, and facility personnel themselves. Whenever a drug or biologic goes through a given process or stage of production, these components gather digital records and time-stamped details about the manufacturing procedure, location or condition of the environment, which of course includes chain-of custody and information needed for regulatory compliance. These assets become embedded with a literal digital thread, to help downstream operators collect, manage, and report every stage of production including initial sterilization. The data then feeds the manufacturing clinical laboratory database and, quite simply, personnel are put in position to perform their jobs better. Operators, laboratory technicians, managers — even executives — can digitally access and sync component data, and call up production or sterility details about any individual unit at any time, even after a batch has been released to the market.

To learn about Tego’s gamma-proof intelligent solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing, please visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see how Tego can improve your aseptic manufacturing processes, contact us here.


Frost & Sullivan Presents Tego with 2016 United States Asset Intelligence for Healthcare New Product Innovation Award

Tego Brings Compliance and Lifecycle Intelligence to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Medical Devices and Lab Processes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of asset intelligence solutions for the healthcare market, Frost & Sullivan bestowed Tego, Inc. the 2016 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is recognized as one of the most innovative solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the healthcare industry pertaining to smart asset management for hospitals, drug and device manufacturers, distributors, and sterilization service companies. The solution makes every asset smart by embedding local intelligence on products for enhanced quality management, visibility and data accuracy, and much safer use.

Frost & Sullivan Presents Tego with 2016 United States Asset Intelligence for Healthcare New Product Innovation Award


Tego Announces Open, Multi-Platform Operating System for Powering Things with Intelligence

TegoOS Now Supports Major Mobile OS and RF Gateway Protocols

Boston, MA, September 19, 2016Tego, Inc. announced today the release of its open, multi-platform operating system, TegoOS, adding new capability to Tego’s innovative Asset Intelligence Platform, which provides local intelligence on any asset, anywhere. TegoOS now supports all major mobile and desktop operating systems, including iOS, Android, Windows and OS X. The open OS operates across all RF gateway protocols and handheld readers. It also enables distributed data about assets to be easily available to any cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform as well as core enterprise systems such as Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics applications.

“In the age of IoT, businesses need operational intelligence about the state and condition of their physical products, components and assets for better and safer business practices, and the use of open standards in IoT is a critical success factor,” shared Andy Mulholland, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research. “Tego is among the next generation of IoT companies bringing local data connectivity to assets for operational, maintenance and strategic purposes.”

Using TegoOS, assets can tell their story at the point of use by making their origin, authenticity, lifecycle maintenance history, or chain of custody available to authorized users. TegoOS empowers manufacturers, distributors and maintenance organizations across aerospace, life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing sectors to deploy scalable solutions for lifecycle and service management, regulatory and process compliance, and authenticity management. Out of the box, TegoOS provides encryption, compression and flexible and efficient file management. The process of storing data on a physical asset becomes a simple, one push-button activity.

The three main components of the TegoOS include:

  • A comprehensive software library supporting Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform functionality and extensibility, securely storing and retrieving structured or unstructured data directly on any asset through a wireless communications protocol
  • A mobile application for AIP administrators and users with one common interface to RF gateway devices such as Motorola, ThingMagic, Intermec, Zebra, Impinj, TSL and LLRP gateways.
  • Integration capabilities for cloud-based IoT and enterprise systems

TegoOS powers Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP), backed by a comprehensive portfolio of 30 patents. AIP provides the capability to embed digital information directly in the asset itself. From product specification and configuration, maintenance and use history, and intended use and compatibility, to process instructions or images, Tego’s AIP allows distributed data solutions to be installed quickly within small or large environments—providing line employees with critical operating data and ensuring asset data connectivity to devices and systems. TegoOS greatly simplifies the process of storing, recalling and communicating the information embedded in a product, component or asset.

“TegoOS powers data and insights for the T in the IoT,” said Timothy Butler, CEO of Tego. “It provides data connectivity to assets so businesses have the information they need to take the necessary actions to save money, keep users safe, and continue to build new revenue models.”

About Tego

Tego powers assets with intelligence. Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform makes businesses smarter by embedding digital information in assets and components for the aerospace, life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Insights about assets’ lifecycle history, regulatory compliance and integrity drive operational excellence and new revenue models. Smart asset data is available for the right people and systems, including IoT, EAM, ERP, and Analytics applications.

Tego is an architect and co-author of the aerospace Spec 2000 Ch9-5, has 30 granted patents, serves dozens of global customers including Honeywell, Parker Aerospace, and B/E Aerospace, and is a healthcare leader with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

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Frost & Sullivan Asset Intelligence for Healthcare: New Product Innovation Award

Tego recognized as one of the pioneers in smart asset management solutions, with its proven asset intelligence platform (AIP) solution targeted towards the healthcare industry. Makes every asset smart by bringing intelligence to things that have been unreachable with conventional IoT solutions.

 

 


The Internet of Things UDI and Medical Device Compliance

For medical device companies, information will become the foundation for their manufacturing, and it will be augmented by more data about the product’s distribution, condition, and directions for use, re-use, and upkeep. In other words, devices will ship with a pedigree and become embedded with a digital record of their entire life history. That local information will be the benefit made available for all stakeholders.

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Improving MRO Processes Using Distributed Part History Data- Smart Assets

Effectively managing parts histories is a key element of improved MRO economics. New smart asset technology can automate and optimize this process

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A Different Architectural Approach to Internet of Things Deployment

A Different Architectural Approach to Internet of Things Deployment: Supply Chain Matters Conversation with Tego.

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B/E Aerospace Proceeds With Global Plan

B/E Aerospace selects Tego as its worldwide tagging partner to beging tagging interior airplane parts such as airplane seats, flight entertainment consoles and beverage equipment. Tego’s solution enables digital information to be stored on the asset during manufacturing and throughout the product’s lifecycle so that data can be accessed by Airbus and Boeing and airline maintenance organziations, saving time and creating unbefore seen operational efficiencies.

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Technology Advances Fuel SPD Progress, Quality Assurance Goals

The nation’s largest tissue bank, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, is currently using Tego RFID tags to track their allograft tissues (bone, skin and soft tissues). This customer offers high quality tissue by having some of the most stringent standards in the industry. The added benefit of Tego RFID solutions helps them to maintain their high standards by providing accurate, real-time information about the status and location of tagged assets, tracking them from the point of collection throughout their facility.

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From Flying Parts to Smart Pipelines, the Things of the Industrial IoT

Real-time visibility of these assets, combined with improved collection, management and analysis of critical data, will allow businesses to operate in entirely new ways to achieve increased productivity, improved safety and reliability, faster time to market, and greater overall efficiency and profitability.

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Super-Rugged RF Solution Survives All Forms of Sterilization

The ultra high frequency (UHF) radio frequency TegoChip can easily stand up to gamma, eBeam, autoclave, and ethylene oxide sterilization without performance degradation.

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Connecting the Unconnected in the IoT

As IoT continues its rapid growth, durable, high-memory tags will be critical for extending connectivity to large market segments not well served by more expensive, active “broadcast” connectivity methods. The tags’ small form factor, low power consumption, and low cost will make it possible to tag a much larger number of “things.” These “edge” things will likely to be the majority of “things” in the IoT.

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Tagging the Aerospace Market

Remote connectivity is a challenge for aerospace industry. RF technology has evolved to providing more than IDs on airplane parts to carrying maintenance records, files and safety check information so that entire value chains benefit. Airplane parts are going digital and getting smarter by having their own history and safety information stored directed on the part itself.

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Hi-flying efficiency with Tego’s RFID tags for Aerospace

RFID tracking has been proven to be very useful countless times over with its implementation in almost every aspect of our lives. Tracking, for example is one of the many that RFID has “tagged”, decreasing human error in all aspects of inventory, maintenance and data collection for the aviation sector. This is where Tego “tags” in with their high-storage RFID tags to aid their supply chain partners. We spoke to Bob Hamlin, CTO of Tego to find out what it takes to design RFID technology for the high-flyers.

PAN: RFID technology continues to find new applications in a growing number of industries, the aviation sector being one of them. What were the contentions that led the aerospace sector to consider RFID? Bob: Maintenance is a high-cost activity for airlines and they are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) efficiency to reduce costs. Today, many organizations along the supply chain generate information about parts and important data ends up in many different places, leading to inefficient maintenance processes.

Airlines have documented workflows that show mechanics spend more time finding the paperwork associated with a part than they do on their repair activities. Additionally, many maintenance responsibilities are needlessly labor-intensive.

For example, we have seen cycle time studies around the inspection of emergency equipment such as life vests and oxygen canisters, and the overhaul of passenger seats, that show 98-99% time reductions when RFID is introduced to these tasks. RFID technology creates visibility into the supply chain and maintenance activities by allowing large amounts of data to be stored on tags attached to components. It minimizes unplanned maintenance and premature parts replacement and detects malfunctions early.

PAN: From being low-requirement solutions, RFID tags have moved up to a whole new level by addressing the difficulties encountered in tracking and maintaining aircraft parts, and more. How has this innovation improved MRO in aviation?

Bob: RFID tags can store everything from the simple information often found on an identification placard such as part number, serial number, and expiration dates, to detailed historical MRO information typically stored in a centralized dasu_tabase. With the tag physically attached to a particular component, the information is easily associated with that component.

Many tags in production today have specifically targeted flyable parts. Industry standards address environmental factors such as humidity, pressure, and flammability. Tags that meet these standards can be used in external aircraft locations as well as pressurized cabin spaces. Using standard reader equipment, aircraft maintenance staff can read a part’s vital statistics from the attached tag – from the date of manufacture and hours in service to repairs and modifications. In addition, they can easily obtain information that was previously accessible only by opening difficult to reach or secured areas, by simply directing a handheld reader towards the area where the part or component is located.

Ultimately, all of this same information can be shared across the supply chain between the operator and the maintenance organization, from one MRO to another, and between inventory management staff and parts suppliers. Technicians can immediately determine component status in the field in an efficient and economical manner. It all adds up to a more streamlined operation and allows maintenance personnel to focus on maintenance activities.

PAN: For maintenance activities, it is crucial to have the information at hand – wherever and whenever it is needed. What happens in the typical lifecycle of an airplane part, for example?

Bob: Not having updated information follow a part throughout its lifecycle is one of the biggest challenges for an MRO organization. In fact, information about each phase of a part’s life is stored in distinctly separate areas. Here is what typically happens at each stage of the parts that go into an aircraft:

  • The parts manufacturer records pedigree information, such as the part number, serial number, date of manufacture, and when it’s shipped. Some data goes on the nameplate; other data is printed out on hardcopy records and/or in an electronic dasu_tabase. Some information is shipped along with the part; most stays behind with the manufacturer.
  • Then the airframe manufacturer installs the part on an aircraft. This generates additional data such as its location on the aircraft, the date of installation, and the part’s Air Worthiness Certificate (Form 8130-3). Some of this information stays behind with the manufacturer after the aircraft is delivered to a customer.
  • The aircraft owner/operator performs in-service maintenance activities, storing identification information and records related to maintenance and replacement tasks. This data is the property of the airline.
  • When the part is due for overhaul or replacement, a separate Maintenance Repair and Overhaul organization will collect and store overhaul records including modification level, condition code and general maintenance history. Data from the owner/operator would help the MRO process but it’s difficult to access.

PAN: Where does Tego fit into this value chain? Share with us the kind of solutions that Tego offers in this space.

Bob: By building on current RFID technology, Tego is creating “smart assets” with capabilities that go way beyond what has been typically thought of as RFID. For example, we have made advances in semiconductor technology to create RFID tags with up to 8KB of usable space, over 640 times the memory capacity of the original 96-bit tags used in the earliest retail applications. With this much memory available on the tag, it is now possible for supply chain partners to write pertinent information whenever a significant event happens in the lifetime of a part, and to keep that information stored directly on the part whether it stays in one place or moves around. That information can take the form of historical maintenance records or scratchpad messages from one technician to another. These smart assets can assist maintenance staff with making on-the-spot decisions.

We have also created chip technology that is especially useful to the aerospace industry. Our high-memory chips are designed to be fully passive, avoiding the added weight and potential RE interference associated with battery-operated tags. We have the only UHF chip technology that can maintain stored data for up to 30 years at high temperature. The stored data is also impervious to radiation, magnetic fields or high-powered radar signals. To keep all this information coming from multiple sources well organized, we have been leading the effort to standardize storage formats for RFID under the leadership of the Air Transport Association (ATA). Our software products, such as TegoView, provide a ready-to-use solution for industry participants to store and access ATA-formatted data on RFID tags. To add their own data in any file format they need, aerospace organizations can use TegoDrive which includes the additional simplification of treating RFID readers and tags as an extension of the Windows desktop.

PAN: Moving from a legacy system to being a “smart” tracking facility certainly doesn’t mean the end of the road. What concerns need to be addressed to further the advancement of RFID in aviation?

Bob: Airframe builders, airlines and MR0 organizations can get started in their own closed-loop systems, but in many cases the bigger benefits will be realized through the co-operation of all supply chain partners. [-Business standards are in place with ATA Spec 2000 and the EPC Tag Data Standard which allow for needed co-operation, but this still requires adoption by everyone involved in the process.

Another interesting challenge is around information security. Now that there is enough space on high-memory RFID tags to store so much data, the natural progression is for some people to want to store confidential or sensitive data, or to authenticate the identity of the source of the information. Preventing unauthorized read/write access may also be a concern. A lot of work is underway, by Tego and industry partners, to provide all of these security services.

Tego, Inc.

Tego’s high‑memory RFID solutions, including best‑in‑class semiconductor chips, tags, and application software are creating distributed interconnected smart assets that communicate wirelessly and without batteries. With the ability to read and write information directly on assets, organizations can automate processes, make intelligent decisions at the point of use, and know immediately the history, condition and status of any asset. Today, through Tego innovation, smart asset capabilities are providing solutions previously not possible or imaginable. Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

Tego, TegoTag, TegoView, TegoDrive and TegoChip are trademarks of Tego, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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