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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.

www.rf-controls.com

Contact: info@rf-controls.com

Address: 1400 S 3rd St, Suite 220, St. Louis, MO 63104-4430

Media contact:

LaVerne Cerfolio

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Smart Connected Solutions Improve Business Margin and Increase Market Share

Aerospace manufacturers and MRO centers, automotive and heavy industry providers are readily adopting smart connected solutions to help realize the efficiency and productivity that Industry 4.0 technologies deliver. Typical Lean Manufacturing solutions aim to raise machine utilization, shorten lead times, reduce waste and lower inventories. Smart connected solutions foster automation and real-time track and trace capabilities that integrate production floor activities with their supporting supply chains for more accurate decision making. Market competition and diminishing margins force manufacturers to adopt these new solutions to maintain profitability.

 

 


Smart Connected Solution for Aerospace

Learn how aerospace customers are using Tego’s Platform to realize operational efficiencies on their production floor. The platform delivers automation, business process mapping and data integration for a complete end-to-end solution.

 


Tego Inc and TSC Printronix Auto ID Partner to Offer Complete Edge to Cloud Solution

The Partnership Serves Digital Transformation Initiatives in the Aviation, Automotive, Rail, and Healthcare Industries

 

WALTHAM MA SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 – Tego Inc announces partnership with TSC Printronix Auto ID, a global leader in the AIDC barcode printer industry. With this partnership, Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is validated and proven for use across Printronix Auto ID RFID enabled printers. Together, the companies will serve manufacturers across several key industrial market sectors, including aerospace, automotive, life science, energy and healthcare.

Tego is the leading provider for commercial aerospace supply chain visibility solutions and co-author of the ATA Spec 2000 Ch.9-5 standard. As an automated identification aerospace authority, Tego’s validation of Printronix Auto ID RFID enabled printers means they are capable to encode and print UHF high-memory integrated labels to meet compliance with the ATA’s aerospace initiatives. Printronix Auto ID announces immediate availability of printers for sale to aerospace manufacturers, airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organizations.

The Printronix Auto ID T800, T4000, and T6000e series provide a full portfolio of desktop and industrial four-inch and six-inch RFID enabled printers supporting both standard and on-metal RFID labels and tags. Designed for different print volumes, form-factors, and environmental conditions, all models support automatic RFID label calibration and the high-memory encoding functionalities to work with Tego’s software.

This partnership also offers industrial customers in automotive, rail and healthcare a complete end-to-end software solution via Tego’s award winning platform for asset tracking, supply chain visibility, and real-time location and traceability edge analytics. Tego’s platform solution integrates with enterprise software applications (e.g., SAP) and is configurable and scaleable supporting all major mobile and desktop operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X. Lastly, since Tego has the only UHF RFID chip technology that is both gamma and e-beam sterilization proof, this partnership brings an end-to-end offering for both med tech and clean-room pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

“Tego, together with Printronix Auto ID, provides a complete digital solution to track and trace industrial assets in both manufacturing and logistics supply chain” said Timothy Butler, CEO of Tego, Inc.

“In forging this strategic alliance we’ve enhanced our entire RFID printer portfolio to encode Tego’s high-memory RFID tags. This not only enables us to support Tego with their ATA 2000 commercial aerospace projects, but also gives us access to other markets that demand high-memory tags, such as automotive and healthcare,” said Sam Wang, President and CEO of TSC Printronix Auto ID.

 

About Tego Inc

Tego provides a complete asset tracking, supply chain and lifecycle management solution, providing edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT solutions.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. SAP, IOS, Android, ATA Spec 2000 are trademarks of their respective owners. Follow Tego on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

About TSC Printronix Auto ID

TSC Printronix Auto ID is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative thermal printing solutions. The company is comprised of two-industry-leading brands, TSC and Printronix Auto ID with over 65 years of combined industry experience, strong local sales engineering support, continuous investment in new product development and is capable of quickly adapting solutions to meet the needs of small business customers to Fortune 500 companies. TSC and Printronix Auto ID are proud members of the TSC Auto ID Technology Company family. To learn more, visit TSC Auto ID at www.tscprinters.com and Printronix Auto ID at www.printronixautoid.com

Media contact:

LaVerne Cerfolio


Collins Aerospace selects Tego as its Global Edge Asset Management Solution for Avionics Business

Tego’s AIP solution provides edge to enterprise data visibility, security and control in aerospace manufacturing and maintenance applications

Waltham, Mass. – October 27, 2019Tego, Inc., announces that its Asset Intelligence PlatformTM (AIPTM) for asset management and supply chain visibility has been licensed and deployed by Collins Aerospace at their manufacturing sites worldwide. Tego’s unique AIP solution is implemented within the Collins Aerospace network with integration to their SAP system to enable RFID tagging of flyable parts in the manufacturing of commercial and military aviation products. In addition to ensuring compliance with the ATA Spec 2000 standard for automated identification and data capture – used widely in the aviation industry – the solution digitizes critical asset information for their next-generation platform. The platform provides a new level of digital data visibility, security and decision making throughout the enterprise.

The AIP solution is deployed by Collins Aerospace together with TegoViewTM, the industry’s leading software for RF scanners to manage flyable parts tagging. In this way, Collins Aerospace is able to continue using all of their legacy RF hardware while preparing to take advantage of the fully scalable AIP solution, which will allow newer models of RF hardware, such as those running with IOS & Android mobile devices. The AIP solution deployed by Collins Aerospace has multiple layers of security in the software at both the RF device and enterprise network levels, ensuring visibility as well as compliance of critical data where and when it is needed.

“Collins Aerospace has taken a visionary yet very pragmatic approach by selecting Tego’s solution to maintain continuity of operations with their existing systems while knowing it allows for future scaling and technology enhancements to be incorporated”, said Timothy Butler, Founder and CEO, Tego, Inc.

Deployment of Tego’s solution at Collins Aerospace is among the largest industrial implementations of the Asset Intelligence Platform, proving the system is readily integrated into backend systems like SAP and scalable to even the largest global enterprises.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Tego Inc
Tego provides a complete asset tracking, supply chain and lifecycle management solution, providing edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With thirty granted patents, Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is a configurable, scalable, edge enterprise solution with industry specific templates for rapid deployment. Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT solutions.

As the leading aerospace solution provider, Tego’s global customers include Honeywell, Parker Aerospace, and Collins Aerospace. The company co-wrote the industry standard about asset lifecycle management in the commercial aerospace industry and is bringing their platform solution capabilities to other industries where data on the edge and the ability to withstand rugged sterilization conditions are critical success factors.

Tego, founded in 2005, is based in Waltham, MA. SAP, IOS, Android, ATA Spec 2000 are trademarks of their respective owners. Follow Tego on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
For more information, visit www.tegoinc.com

Media Contact:
LaVerne Cerfolio


Aseptic Tracking and Foolproof Quality Control

Digitized and Automated Chain of Custody and

Audit Information at Your Fingertips – Anywhere

For pharmaceutical manufacturers, product safety is non-negotiable. Violations could mean front-page news, lawsuits, or worse. Current aseptic environmental monitoring quality assurance practices rely heavily on labor-intensive paper-based methods, with only 15 percent of the market utilizing more automated methods like bar codes. Digital solutions can improve manufacturing effectiveness and facilitate reporting for environmental monitoring.

Learn how Tego helps to:

  • Automate data collection from devices and people.
  • Eliminate redundant data entry and transcription errors.
  • Improve worker efficiency.
  • Improve regulatory compliance.
  • Enable sound product and quality release decisions.

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TegoAir Solutions:

Solution Brief and Use Cases

Time-intensive processes can drag down the entire commercial aviation ecosystem from manufacturers to airline crews to MRO personnel. When you introduce intelligent asset tracking, you can speed up inspections, streamline inventory management, and provide asset visibility where and when you need it.

Learn what happens when your assets can talk to you:

  • Tego gives flight and ground crew personnel a walk-through aircraft inspection and digital alert regarding the status of safety equipment and other cabin interior parts.
  • For MRO organizations, Tego provides a locally stored, digital, lifecycle history on the part itself for every aircraft presenting for maintenance.
  • For Airframe Manufacturers, Tego provides a solution for reliable, full digital inspection and verification during final assembly and delivery to customers

Sterilization Supply Chain

Rugged Tracking for Harsh Conditions:

Sterilization-Proof Supply Chain Tracking

The sterilization processes undertaken in life science supply chains, healthcare companies, biopharmaceutical manufacturers, nuclear laboratories and sterile processing industries are too harsh for typical RFID chips and tags. Tego’s sterilization-proof asset tracking solution is the only ultra-high-frequency solution to stand up to the brutality of gamma and e-beam sterilization.

Learn how Tego helps to:

  • Allow information to flow freely from the point of manufacture through a product’s entire lifecycle.
  • Uncover usage patterns, link outcomes to products and practices, identify waste, and reallocate and reduced working capital.

Tego Tool Tracking

Tego Tool Asset Management:

The Right Tool, Fully Calibrated and Ready to Work When You Need It

Complex machinery require complex tools. When there are tens of millions of dollars worth of tools and assembly kits scattered across the globe, maintaining up-to-date information about each tool becomes incredibly complicated. Tego’s plug-and-play asset management system is ideal for distributed workforces and assets on the move.

Find out how you can:

  • Get access to critical data about a tool in the field anywhere it travels.
  • Have backend enterprise information available at your fingertips, enabling on-the-spot decision making.
  • Get a single view of your entire inventory in real-time without having to depend on infrastructure or connectivity.

Tego AIP for Hospitals

Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) solution delivers efficient hospital asset management processes and outcomes for both management and clinical staff alike.

Learn how you can drive improved quality of care, staff efficiency, and cost containment through effective asset utilization. From capital equipment uptime and condition management to automatic electronic replenishment of consumable inventory, a cost effective asset intelligence platform can get you there fast.

Learn more about how MROHistorian can generate value for your business – view the brochure below.


MROHistorian – A “Plug & Play” Digitized Asset Management Solution for OEM Providers, Equipment Operators and OEMs

MROHistorian is an “out-of-the-box” software solution that drives significant efficiencies in asset management and MRO processes in capital-intensive industries. It provides asset owners, operators and maintenance personnel with the ability to store and retrieve critical data and documents directly upon capital assets, eliminating paper-work and manual processes to retrieve records and historical information.

Operators can write and retrieve data directly and securely on parts, components, assemblies, tools, etc, using standard consumer mobile devices or commercial RF readers.

Imagine what it would be like to have digitized information such as manufacturing details, part specifications, authenticity certificates, and progressive maintenance activity directly at your fingertips as asset inspection and maintenance are performed?

Learn more about the solution here.

Interested in a MROHistorian demo? Sign up below!

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.


Tego Named a 2017 “All-Star Innovator” by Pharma Manufacturing

We are thrilled to report that Tego’s touchless, digital environmental monitoring solution for cGMP manufacturers was named an “All-Star” Innovation for 2017 by the editors of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine. The program recognizes standout companies who produced technological innovation in pharma over the course of the prior year.

PM calls out Tego’s exemplary use of IIoT technology to enable precise tracking and verification of contaminant exposure on product, material or equipment across the production steps for aseptic pharmaceuticals. The promise of automated and touchless detection reduces the possibility of contamination, limits the potential for costly wasted batches, and allows for much more selective, granular recall procedures. All types of environmental monitoring – for airborne particulates, active viable air, passive viable air, surfaces, water and personnel – benefit from this sterilization-proof, digital solution.

Read the full article here.

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solutions for aseptic pharmaceutical manufacturers, visit this page.

To schedule a demo for how Tego can improve your aseptic operation, contact us here.


Tego CEO Tim Butler Featured in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO

“A smart-asset approach is about putting extensive digital product information and life-cycle history onto components themselves. Meaningful data simply becomes part of the things’ DNA, ripe to divulge wisdom everywhere they go across their entire life cycle.”

Tego’s CEO Tim Butler was a featured columnist in Aviation Week’s InsideMRO, discussing the mindset shift to the ‘things’ versus the ‘internet’ in ‘IoT,’ which simply must occur in order to bring about true digital transformation in aviation and MRO.

Tim likens the new mentality to the moment when companies realized that moving away from mainframe computing architecture to desktop PCs would liberate the the business to accomplish more than was ever thought possible.

That is a stunning consideration, when you really stop to think about it.

From the article:

Granting intelligence to an asset at its physical layer is a novel approach, a departure from typical IoT thinking that centers upon the “I” part of the IoT. It is our belief the focus has skewed too heavily toward connecting everything with a sensor all the time, to send streaming information to a database or cloud repository or enterprise system. When this happens, the value proposition for the IoT tends to get lost amid concerns of conducting a large-scale, expensive system rollout. It can engender a “where do we start” mentality among fragmented operational teams already struggling to define time lines, returns-on-investment and ownership schemes for digital adoption. This predicament already is holding many airlines back from putting digital technologies into place, despite the vast potential they hold for value creation.

After each service or inspection, new maintenance information is added to the asset’s digital history, and it retains a permanent, progressive record for all workers with authorized permission to access and perform local analysis. This is done via a local smartphone and connected reader and enables faster, safer and more precise decision-making in the field. If need be, the field worker can sync the latest data record back to the enterprise systems of the airline operator, OEM, or third-party maintenance provider, providing thorough visibility into how a part is being used and its performance over time.

In short, every asset becomes a node of distributed intelligence, with data available at the point of need to guide maintenance, prompt compliance activity for life-limited parts, ensure the authenticity of parts, verify part performance and even provide maintenance instructions directly. The asset becomes so smart that employees asks it what needs to be done!

Read the full article here: Pulling The IoT Out Of Its “Dumb Green Screen” Rut

To learn about Tego’s radio frequency asset intelligence platform for transforming aviation operations, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve the performance and interaction among your organization’s assets, contact us here.


“Lack of sterility assurance” in CGMP strikes again: Hospira issues a recall

We learned late last week that Pfizer subsidiary Hospira issued a nationwide recall of its vials used to inject sodium bicarbonate, citing sterility concerns. Not only will this cause undue financial damage to the company, but more critically it removes a volume of potentially lifesaving drug from the market.

There’s a downstream impact, as well. PharMEDium Services had to recall a full run of its products that had been compounded using the affected Hospira lots. One sterility monitoring mix-up upstream creates a domino effect across the entire value chain.

Again, the difficulty manufacturers have with proving sterility across the entirety of their processes creates an outsized burden, not only for the manufacturer itself, but also for its partners and the healthcare community at-large. Unfortunately, the Hospira recall is but a time-stamped snapshot into how bioburden incidents add up annually, outlined in early Q2 2017 by Bioprocess Online.

Most importantly, this instance is a harsh reminder that a solvable issue continues to present a significant challenge. The good news is, there are new ways to overcome it. By storing digital data directly on a facility’s manufacturing components, monitoring processes can become automated and touchless, and manufacturers are more able to account for the possibility of contamination before lots are released to the market. This goes to mitigate against the potential for costly, brand damaging situations to occur. There’s much less chance for sterility to be compromised because operator touches have been reduced and digital information has been made readily available for easy access. If something’s askew, it is much more likely to be caught before final product leaves the building.

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

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


Cleanroom Technology – Tego unveils touchless EM tracking for cGMP

“Tego’s Asset Intelligence Approach survives gamma sterilization, reduces risk of contamination and streamlines compliance processes for cGMP pharmaceutical facilities.”

Cleanroom Technology magazine spotlights Tego’s ability to enable digital data on critical gamma and eBeam-sterilized components used during aseptic (sterile) manufacturing, to solve for visibility and traceability mandates in FDA-regulated cGMP manufacturing environments.

Tego continues to redefine the use case for RFID data.

From the article:
Tego, a leading provider of smart asset solutions based in Waltham, MA, US, has produced an automated, touchless, digital solution for environmental monitoring within FDA-regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform makes businesses smarter by embedding digital information in assets and components for the life sciences, healthcare, aerospace and manufacturing industries. Insights about assets’ lifecycle history, regulatory compliance and integrity can help to drive operational excellence and new revenue models.

Built on this platform, the latest solution applies advances in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology to precisely track and verify contaminant exposure on product, material or equipment used during production of aseptic pharmaceuticals.

The solution ensures that data is stored directly on environmental monitoring components; processes become automated and touchless so that manufacturers greatly reduce the possibility of contamination and limit the potential for costly wasted batches.

“Tego’s approach to progressive data on assets is gaining attention from pharmaceutical manufacturers because it helps minimize the potential for contamination and batch loss, and provides more complete traceability and visibility data as required by the FDA,” said Timothy Butler, founder and CEO of Tego.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers who perform aseptic processing are required to deliver meaningful information about the quality of the manufacturing environment during production. They must demonstrate to regulators that proper controls are in place, quickly discover problems or put themselves at risk of significant financial loss (one lost batch can cost $500,000 or more), and always have the right data at hand to support root cause analysis procedures.

All types of environmental monitoring – for airborne particulates, active viable air, passive viable air, surfaces, water, and personnel – benefit from this aseptic-proof, digital solution.

Staff are able to receive digital validation about the status of monitoring componentry and instantly update a component’s documentation as it changes across multiple prescribed points during CGMP manufacturing.

The digital environmental monitoring solution was born out of Tego’s work in the aerospace industry, where putting data on critical airplane parts and components has dramatically improved decision-making in the field, supported far more accurate reporting, extended products’ lifecycles, and produced significant cost savings.

Read the full article here.

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve your aseptic operation, contact us here.


Intelligent Aerospace – The Transformational Effect of Asset Intelligence for MRO and FBO organizations

“The day will come when every serialized, repairable, replaceable and maintainable part — numbering 10,000 on a typical airframe, will carry its own data.”

Intelligent Aerospace magazine puts asset intelligence into context for aviation MRO organizations and Fixed-base Operators (FBOs).

From the article:

The product lifecycle visibility challenge is largely a product of limited information, and it can utterly hamstring maintenance processes. At best, products and components today may carry a serial number, a barcode, or perhaps a digital ID tag, but they often exclude the finer details about the product’s specifications, configuration, maintenance history, and usage that are so central to efficient operation, maintenance, and even regulatory compliance in many industries. Instead, this information is typically kept on paper logs, in centralized Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, or in some cases nestled within the “tribal knowledge” of an experienced workforce.

Each of these modus operandi is complicated, expensive to maintain, and has inherent limitations. Paper logs can get misplaced or become unreadable, and data within enterprise systems can erode during IT consolidation and upgrade cycles; worse yet, it can become inaccessible if workers are in remote locations or stationed at a third-party aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) supplier. The factors contributing to “tribal knowledge” are hard to pinpoint and information is perpetually at risk, due to workforce churn. The end result: In many situations, MRO workers are left at the mercy of incomplete or non-existent product history information.

Read the full article here.

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solutions for smarter aviation MRO operations, visit this page.

To schedule a demo and see if Tego can improve your organization’s asset performance management, contact us here.


RFID Journal – Touchless Environmental Monitoring for Pharmaceuticals

“The tags are designed for rugged environments and sustain temperatures that can vary widely from sub-freezing to gamma and electronic beam sterilization.”

Tego’s VP of Marketing LaVerne Cerfolio sat down with Claire Swedberg at this year’s RFID Journal Live to discuss our new, sterilization-proof solution for touchless environmental monitoring in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Tego continues to redefine RFID for high-value use cases.

RFID platform solution provider Tego, Inc. has released an RFID-based solution for tracking environmental-monitoring components to manage the presence of contaminants in places where vaccines or medications are being made. The Touchless Environmental Monitoring Solution is aimed at providing a history of each component and its chain of custody to better manage use and location, as well as what items or products were located around it in the event of a contamination. Items being tracked include agar exposure plates, cleanroom airflow monitoring filters, finished drug components, and raw materials and components used to monitor the environment.

Tego’s environmental-monitoring solution includes a passive ultrahigh-frequency UHF RFID tag that stores data written directly to it, as well as fixed or handheld readers from a variety of vendors, and Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) software to manage the collected read data. By using the solution with high-memory Tego tags, multiple entities can have access to the data written on the tag itself, even if they lack access to the software, explains LaVerne Cerfolio, Tego’s marketing VP.

The technology was developed as a solution for pharmaceutical companies to track such assets as the hundreds or thousands of agar exposure plates that they use to prevent contamination while making medications and vaccines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that companies follow Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) by certifying that every vaccine, drug or biologic product is produced in a safe and controlled environment. The plates are used to identify if any mold or other contamination takes place, thereby identifying a problem before it can reach a finished product or a patient.

RFID enables the tracking of those plates. However, because they are often moved from one workstation, lab or manufacturing facility to another, the plates can be the responsibility of multiple parties, who may or may not have access to a single software platform.

For this reason, Cerfolio explains, Tego provides tags with high-memory chips—24 kilobytes of memory—that store a unique device identifier (UDI), GS1 manufacturing information about the product itself, and any data written by those inspecting or handling the test sample.

Tego’s environmental-monitoring solution tag can be securely read and written to for use downstream, Cerfolio says, “by authorized personnel when critical supply chain events occur, or if changes in the products’ status are necessary.” Such changes may be required in such scenarios as a soft recall.

The tags are designed for rugged environments and to sustain temperatures that can vary widely from sub-freezing to gamma and electronic beam sterilization. Tego’s solution consists of the cloud-based Asset Intelligence platform with its Hub software dashboard, as well as the Tego Narrator App, which users can download on their reading device. “The software doesn’t favor any one device,” Cerfolio notes. “Rather, its power is that it enables the exchange of lots of information at the edge, between the operator and the asset, that has been made intelligent with Tego’s solution.”

In the case of agar exposure plates, tags are affixed to the plate’s exterior, and production data can be written to the tag and stored with its unique ID number, both on the tag itself and in the software. From that point forward, other information can also be added or stored, such as the identity of the culture in the plate, the due date or expiration date, the name of the manufacturing center or the identity of the test station within that facility, as well as the operator’s ID.

“Tego’s AIP is limitless,” Cerfolio says, “as far as the type of data that can be written and stored. Data could be structured or unstructured, an Excel file or an image.”

According to Cerfolio, companies will use the solution to automate the collection of data, thus ensuring that the agar plate does not need to be touched to access its ID or data, and to capture a history about the item itself and the people who have interacted with it. “In this way,” she states, “they can prove, batch by batch, compliance with FDA contaminant regulations.”

The solution follows Tego’s digital environmental-monitoring solution for the aerospace industry, in which critical airplane parts and components must be tracked and require high-memory tags, as well as software to store and interpret data

Read the full article: http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?16136

To learn about Tego’s RFID chip and platform solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing, visit this page.

And if you want to see Tego in action, contact us here.


Digitized Solution for Environmental Monitoring of FDA regulated cGMP Facilities

The FDA requires manufacturers operating under Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) to certify that every batch of drug, vaccine, or biologic be produced in a high quality controlled environment.

Digital Environmental Monitoring (EM) removes human factors and provides significant process improvement opportunities. These digital, data-driven solutions must survive sterilization. However, digital EM with sterilization-proof technology allows CGMP manufacturers to write data directly onto a) products and materials that must be tracked and verified before, during, and post-production and b) products and materials that monitor sterility. More importantly, digitized environmental monitorying makes data available via touchless, sightless procedures.

The digital traceability and visibility provides a full GMP compliance solution as well as an early warning system.

Tego’s environmental monitoring solution provides increased assurance of sterility for aseptically produced pharma and medical products.

Learn more about the solution here.


Inside Big Data: Staying Agile by Focusing On the “T” in the IoT

Unlike traditional IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, edge computing looks to bring the power of the data closer to the asset itself so that decision making is quicker and data is nearer the hands of the right folks who can take the right actions. In practice, it’s called, “Decision making at the point of read.”

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