GR Firm Launches RFID For Sealed Product Caps

GRAND RAPIDS — The radio frequency identification technology developer eAgile Inc. announced the successful high-volume production launch of the eSeal heat induction system, the first system engineered to integrate the benefits of RFID into the billions of caps and closures consumed by the over-the-counter pharmaceutical, vitamin, cosmetic and chemical manufacturers.

The production launch of eSeal follows pilot runs at multiple facilities where millions of RFID-enabled closures were introduced to the supply chain.

“In today’s world, consumers are demanding safety, especially as it relates to healthcare products.,” eAgile CEO Gary Burns said. “Similarly, brand owners and everyone in the supply chain want to provide the safest products possible. eSeal has proven to establish an unprecedented level of security and authenticity in one easy-to-implement solution. Having deployed eSeal at a significant scale, a full array of supply-chain management benefits were provided from the visibility gained by item level tagging. In addition, we achieved the client’s goals of anti-diversion and enhanced security.”

Working as a stand-alone or in conjunction with current security technologies, eSeal integrates a uniquely encoded RFID inlay between the closure and the seal of the product. The final product is a complete cap and seal which is easily substituted into current production equipment. The eAgile system installs RFID hardware and software to provide relevant data to data management applications throughout the supply chain.

Said eAgile president Peter Phaneuf, the system “does more than protect against counterfeiting and product diversion — it provides our clients the ability to refocus efforts back onto core business activities.”

With eSeal, real-time information gathered by the integrated system is used for anti-diversion applications, supply-chain management and product availability within distribution centers and retailers. The company is also enhancing brand interaction opportunities by linking consumers and their smartphones to information on prescription authentication, expiration, and dosing information, along with re-purchase and promotional opportunities.

More about Grand Rapids-based eAgile at http://www.eAgile.com/eSeal.

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