The Investment in Temperature-Sensing Labels Makes Sense for Zebra…
This year you will start to see our research and development teams advance the barcode label capabilities with Temptime’s impressive sensing portfolio. We are exploring ways to embed this temperature-sensitive label technology onto the same label that customers already use for other inventory management efforts. These integrated labels will remain readable by the same Zebra mobile computers and scanners used today for other applications. In other words, our goal is not to create a rip-and-replace scenario. Rather, we want to deliver even more value – and help customers secure an even greater return – for the technologies used broadly today.
But we want to do more than just advance the time and temperature-sensing technology to a digitally-integrated state. We want to ensure it is readily accessible to those who are responsible for manufacturing, storing and distributing perishable and cold chain goods, including pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, food, beverages, beauty products and even flowers.
Together, Zebra and Temptime will have the resources to deliver this game-changing technology to organizations serving both urban and rural communities worldwide. We want to help customers minimize consumer safety risks that have historically emerged in the handling of cold chain products. Our team will advise on application strategies that maximize the technology’s monitoring and control capabilities in combination with other mobile computing, scanning, printing and EAI solutions. And we will collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure successful technology integrations across diverse supply chain structures. At the end of the day, Zebra wants customers to feel confident in their ability to exceed quality expectations, whether they play a role in providing life-saving healthcare or life-enriching retail offerings. By acquiring Temptime, we are better positioned to help customers protect their customers.
That’s Why an Investment in Temperature-Sensing Technologies Makes Even More Sense for Zebra’s Customers…
Today, the Temptime portfolio of temperature-monitoring labels and devices provides a visual alert to healthcare workers whether a vaccine has been exposed to potentially damaging temperatures even in the most remote locations. In addition, customers like pharmaceutical corporations, biotechnology companies and hospitals are using Temptime devices and labels to help improve the storage and handling of medical products.
However, customers who opt to use the Temptime smart labels in combination with Zebra mobile computers, scanners, printers and the data-driven Zebra Savanna platform will be able to track and trace inventory using an additional safety-focused lens.
For example, workers equipped with Zebra mobile computers or rugged tablets can be alerted to temperature excursions that could be related to potential safety issues while time and temperature-sensitive products are in transit. This will enable fast corrective action to avert a crisis and maintain compliance with regulations without sacrificing production or distribution speed, which is demanded in the current “now economy.”
In turn, even more global healthcare workers will receive the guidance they need to make informed decisions about the use of time and temperature-sensitive products in critical care situations. At the same time, global manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, logistics and retail organizations will have the insight and tools needed to proactively enhance cold chain preservation efforts. In short, we at Zebra view our investment in Temptime and our global supplies business as a win-win for our customers and their customers.
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