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RFID technology with UPM Raflatac RFID tags

 DePuy Orthopaedics implements RFID technology with UPM Raflatac RFID tags
and ODIN technologies' end-to-end supply chain solution
 DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of
Johnson & Johnson and a leading supplier of orthopaedic implants, has
incorporated RFID technology into its day-to-day operations, leveraging UPM
Raflatac Gen2 RFID tags and a complete solution developed by ODIN
technologies.

 The goal of the end-to-end solution was to improve efficiency in DePuy
Orthopaedics' supply chain logistics by automating the manual inventory
inspection process for the company's Express Care sets containing titanium
and cobalt chrome joint replacements. The company places UPM Raflatac's UHF
Gen2 DogBone RFID tags on individually boxed orthopaedic implants, as well
as the completed Express Care sets.

 RFID has streamlined DePuy Orthopaedics' inventory processes as well as
delivered increased efficiency and accuracy by reducing the Express Care
set processing time from between 10 and 30 minutes to less than one minute.
Instead of scanning each item individually, employees are now able to
replenish and reship the company's daily output of 675 Express Care sets
faster than ever before. The ODIN solution, which is based on sound physics
and infrastructure automation, relies on the UPM Raflatac UHF DogBone tag
to deliver 100 percent accuracy.

 

 RFID technology has provided DePuy Orthopaedics with reliability and
scalability under challenging conditions. Tags must be read accurately in
the presence of metal which can cause RF interference, parts are not
necessarily placed uniformly in boxes, and the majority of the company's
incoming orders require same-day processing and shipment. The end-to-end
solution offers 24 x 7 monitoring and remote diagnostics, deploying
configuration and firmware changes electronically from a secure data center
using ODIN’s proprietary EasyMonitor solution.

 

 "The accuracy with our RFID process so far has been amazing," says Dave
Johnson, Director of Distribution for DePuy Orthopaedics. "I see RFID as a
competitive advantage because now I can take some of my resources and
allocate them to other areas."

 

 "The system we developed for DePuy Orthopaedics was more challenging than
most product or inventory applications for a number of reasons," says
Patrick Sweeney, President of ODIN technologies. "One hundred percent
accuracy is a requirement to ensure that DePuy's surgical clients have what
they need in the operating room. After extensive physics testing, it was
clear UPM Raflatac's DogBone RFID tag would be the optimal tag for DePuy."

 

 "UPM Raflatac has invested considerable time and resources ensuring that
its UHF RFID tags provide perfect reads," says Jan Svoboda, RFID Sales &
Marketing Director, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "Our major role in this
end-to-end solution is proof of our commitment to delivering exceptional
RFID technology."

 

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac is a world-leading supplier of self-adhesive label materials
for a wide variety of needs in product and information labelling. In
addition, the company is at the global forefront in the development and
high-volume production of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID)
tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac, which forms the Label Division of UPM, has
around 2,700 employees and made sales of approximately USD 1.4 billion (EUR
1 billion) in 2007. The company has a global service network consisting of
12 factories on five continents and a broad network of distribution and
slitting terminals and sales offices worldwide.

 

About ODIN technologies
ODIN technologies is the leader in the physics of RFID infrastructure for
solution design, deployment services and automation. RFID is all we do.
Global corporations on five continents leverage ODIN technologies’ expert
engineers and patented RFID deployment automation tools to achieve
accuracy, speed and visibility for their RFID deployments. In addition to
consulting services, ODIN technologies is also the publisher of the RFID
Benchmark Series™, the industry's first and most referenced head to head
performance analysis of RFID equipment. ODIN’s RFID optimization software
EasyRFID™ has been successfully used at dozens of companies across more
than 150 sites worldwide to ensure accurate and scalable RFID
implementations. ODIN's founder, Patrick J. Sweeney II, is the author of
RFID for Dummies and CompTIA RFID+ study guide, both published by John
Wiley & Sons. ODIN serves clients from offices in Dulles, Virginia, USA,
Tokyo, Japan and Budapest, Hungary.



 

About DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is advancing the

standard of orthopaedic patient care, with a focused commitment to help
surgeons achieve excellence in surgical practice. The company designs,
manufactures and distributes orthopaedic devices and supplies including
hip, knee, extremity, trauma, cement, orthobiologics, and operating room
products. As a global leader in joint replacement products, DePuy
Orthopaedics is committed to Restoring the Joy of Motion® for patients
whose mobility is restricted by severe osteoarthritis or other debilitating
injury.