End-to-End Sample Tracking with RFID

Consistent and continuous sample management ensures data integrity

Complying with extensive documentation and other legal requirements is essential in the pharmaceutical industry. Inspectors from regulatory authorities (e.g., FDA) are increasingly conducting unannounced inspections and have very extensive powers, including the immediate closure of the inspected facility. As a result, the highest quality standards need to be applied to track data and samples consistently and continuously.

Your Benefits

  • Always know where samples and documents are currently located 
  • Best data quality through digitalized laboratory processes 
  • Cost reduction due to minimized batch errors 

  • A Turck Vilant RFID System collects data from RFID devices and prints a label

  • An RFID Gate records the movement of samples

  • Samples are identified and verified by the RFID tags in the transport box

  • In the laboratory, the Turck RFID System reads the printed tag to identify the sample

  • The system reads the RFID tag of the sample via a UHF antenna mounted under the table

Seamless integration of IT and OT

The integrated sample-to-cloud solution from Turck Vilant Systems links Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). It records the product description, position, movement direction and transport sheet of sample collections. The data from the UHF RFID tags is centrally stored on the Turck Vilant server in the local network of the company or laboratory. As a result, they are open for central data storage in data lakes.

RFID identification in sample management

Once the sample is produced, it is taken to a storage room where it’s assigned a sample description. The system issues an RFID tag with a unique ID, and it is affixed to the sample. 

Tracking of samples in building corridors and laboratory

As samples pass through RFID gates throughout the building, RFID tags are read to verify the item and to record their position and direction of movement. At the analysis station, the sample is again identified by a UHF reader to ensure that the samples are in the designated laboratory.

Consistent monitoring and documentation

After the test is completed, the samples must be disposed of and are not allowed back into production. This is recorded and documented by means of RFID Gates. Sample descriptions and a transport sheet are returned to the warehouse and properly archived. Throughout the entire process, the position, direction of movement and status of each sample can be tracked with absolute certainty, ensuring that information on each sample is available on short notice. 

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