Murata showcases RAIN RFID tag and button cells for smart healthcare applications at Pharmapack Europe 2023

30th January 2023
Harry Fowle

Murata will showcase a small RAIN RFID tag as well as its HIGH-Drain silver-oxide and mini alkaline batteries for smart healthcare applications at Pharmapack Europe (Stand B8) on 1st – 2nd February 2023.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how Murata’s RAIN RFID tag has been designed to provide a unique identifier. The use of the tag enables RFID readers to determine the item’s identity and authenticity in smart healthcare applications. The small yet robust RFID Tags can be fitted to metallic and non-metallic surfaces, perfect for use on small items. To avoid any risk of contamination during the drug-filling operations, they can also be embedded into the product, such as pre-filled syringes, vials, and cartridges.

Murata incorporated an antenna in multilayer ceramic substrates to produce a small and robust RFID tag capable of automatic identification and bulk reading of over 400 units/min for high throughput efficiency. This capability allows real-time identification at full production speeds, preventing any mix-up during drug-filling operations. The RFID tags also provide item-level serialisation, thus limiting batch segregation should a defect be found in the aftermarket.

Murata has developed HIGH-Drain mini alkaline (LR) and silver oxide (SR) batteries. The button cells deliver large current and high pulse discharge current (up to 3x higher than conventional SR/LR) for smart medical devices that require large current loads for communication, lighting, camera, small motor, and other use cases. Typical applications include dosing devices, insulin pumps/pens, and capsule endoscopes. The batteries offer a maximum pulse discharge current of 120mA to maintain a minimum of 1.2V at 100ms upon 0% Depth of Discharge (DOD) at 23°C.

Murata's material-mixing technology achieves the high energy density of the HIGH-Drain SR batteries. The use of antioxidant, high-performance separators also contributes to improved storage characteristics. These batteries are 100% made in Japan and offer excellent leakage resistance thanks to Murata's distinctive sealing structure and special sealing-material treatment. Moreover, they deliver excellent stable discharge characteristics.

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