With the Roche Inventory Solution 5.0, we have raised the performance – bringing you greater reliability and compatibility with existing procedures. We redesigned the Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 based on feedback from labs of all sizes and disciplines. It features a new platform, a redesigned scanner, and multiple new workflows.
These updates smooth the way for you to optimize your supply chain, and ultimately free your concentration for the work you do in providing care for your patients.
Inventory management is far from your top priority. In fact, 72% of labs manage their inventory manually, and 10% do not manage their inventory at all.1 In addition, you fear the potential extra work, stress, training and costs of integrating a new digital inventory management solution.
We developed the Roche Inventory Solution (RIS) to be easy to implement and easy to live with. This is a solution that keeps laboratories of all sizes informed and in control of inventories at all times - and helps to save both time and money.
The Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 consists of two key components: a smart hand-held device and a cloud-based web application.
The Roche Inventory Solution supports lab technicians and managers throughout the inventory lifecycle, simplifying daily tasks and improving oversight.
The Roche Inventory Solution (RIS) 5.0 has been designed with you and your needs in mind. That means it flexibly adapts to your existing workflows without the need for extensive modifications to your infrastructure. Because the Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 leverages barcode technology (as oppose to RFID), it is easy to adopt and intuitive to use, making it a simple yet highly effective solution. Moreover, it supports easy integration of third-party inventory items, uses low-cost hardware, is inexpensive to implement and offers a high degree of standardization. All this makes the Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 a versatile addition to your laboratory environment.
Not every product you use is RFID-tagged. But all of the items in your laboratory, from reagents to basic lab essentials, have a barcode. This makes it easy to integrate products into your inventory regardless of vendor, eliminating the need for you to manually relabel products or invest in tag-printing hardware.
The Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 comprises handheld barcode readers and a software interface. This keeps the costs for implementation, training and operation low. By contrast, introducing RFID technology requires much greater up-front expenditure for equipment and infrastructure – so return on investment is slow.
Barcode scanning is fast and efficient and requires minimal changes to your existing processes. Compare this to RFID – where major infrastructure overhaul as well as large-scale installation of readers is necessary – and it’s easy to see why barcodes make sense for inventory management.
To get the most from your inventory solution, you need to train your staff how to use it. Getting used to the new practices that come with RFID technology and transitioning from manual to highly automated processes is costly and time-consuming. The barcode scanners and web interface that are part of the Roche Inventory Solution 5.0 are familiar and intuitive for your staff.
Line-of-sight imaging offered by barcode scanning is immediate and accurate and delivers instant feedback on whether an item has been successfully captured. Despite the automation promises of RFID, tags can be missed due to factors such as insufficient antenna coverage and electromagnetic interference (tag collision).
RFID tags are not yet established as an industry norm, so there are multiple standards and tag types. And not every vendor uses the same ones. By contrast, barcode technology is firmly established and standardized across many industries.
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Head of the Lab Laboratorio Mega