Processing Magazine

Read/write RFID tag gamma-radiation resistant

December 4, 2006

Now available exclusively from AdvantaPure is GammaTag™, the first and only read/write RFID (radio frequency identification) tag that’s safely sterilizable by gamma radiation. GammaTag provides reliable electronic identification and data storage of single-use/disposable components used in critical process industries, such as pharmaceutical, bioprocess/biomedical, food and beverage, and medical device. GammaTag easily attaches to components such as sample and production bags, tanks, filters, manifolds, tubing and hose, storage vessels, and to complete single-use systems. Several attachment methods — silicone tape, watchband style holders, pouches, and lamination — are available. GammaTag withstands gamma radiation up to 45 kGy (kilograys) and temperatures from -20 degrees C to 85 degrees C. GammaTag’s read/write ability makes it unique, as data may be written directly on the tag, unlike read-only bar code labels or tags. In conjunction with a handheld tag reader and software (known as PET, Process Equipment Tracking), GammaTag allows access to the current status of process components on the spot — simply aim the reader towards the tag to recall information or to write new data to the tag.