Unified Information Devices, Inc (UID) is an innovative leading provider of radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions headquartered in Lake Villa, Illinois. With a goal of empowering researchers to generate higher quality data faster, accurately and consistently, UID combines advanced RFID technology with novel software to facilitate the identification and tracking of research animals as well as a variety of other essential laboratory items. UID’s innovative product offering ranges from microchips for lab animal identification and temperature monitoring to inventory systems that assist with the accurate, secure tracking of controlled substances. Led by an experienced team of select biomedical scientists, software engineers, hardware engineers and RFID experts, UID remains committed to creating high-quality products accompanied by easy-to-use solutions that help scientists improve animal welfare, make significant discoveries and move science forward.
The Client’s Issue:
With the advancement of controlled substances in animal hospitals, vivarium’s and laboratory animal research facilities, there are numerous state and federal regulations that UID’s solutions must follow to protect DEA license holders. One of their latest innovations, the Controlled Substance Inventory System (CSI-360), was specifically designed to improve security, ensure compliance and facilitate the management of controlled substances. As is stated on UID’s website, the CSI-360 “combines a two-part authentication process, novel software and RFID tracking technology to provide secure access and 100% accurate recording of all controlled substances.” Controlled Substance Inventory System (CSI-360)
When developing the CSI-360, the UID team concluded that they were going to need help producing a properly secured narcotics cabinet that would not only work with their system but meet all obligatory narcotics storage regulations too.
“We needed a DEA approved solution that would provide secure storage of narcotics while also allowing for easy access and tracking of the narcotics.” said UID’s Director Of Business Development Dennis Bruns, “Harloff narcotics cabinets provided the perfect solution to this issue.”
Helping To Find A Solution:
Having heard of our reputation for providing a good selection of high-quality, secure storage solutions for both narcotics and other controlled substances, UID reached out to inquire about forming a partnership with Harloff to help fine-tune the CSI-360 system. In addition to being designed to meet the stringent requirements of regulatory agencies such as the DEA, it turned out Harloff narcotics cabinets are also skillfully designed for easy integration with UID’s existing systems. UID’s business development and Harloff’s engineering teams identified the 2703-UID & 2730-UID narcotics cabinet models as the ideal fit for the CSI-360 system, but with a few custom tweaks. A variation of both the 2830AQ and 2803AQ were quickly developed for UID with the hardware added which allowed the CSI-360 the ability to plug and play with the newly customized cabinets. The transition was seamless as UID had found the narcotics cabinet they were looking for to integrate with their existing inventory management tracking and security system.
Our narc cabinets have been a welcome solution for UID. The additions to the CSI-360 has enhanced the offerings for their clients. When asked specifically how Harloff’s solutions have helped UID, Director Bruns was happy to share his satisfaction with the partnership.
“The partnership between the two companies has been especially beneficial, as Harloff has created custom SKUs that include the hardware for turn-key custom installations,” Bruns noted. “This has allowed veterinarian and laboratory practices the ability to install the cabinets quickly and easily in their facilities, without having to worry about any additional assembly or installation. These custom cabinets have also been designed to add an additional layer of security to protect the Veterinarians/DEA license holders.”
UID faced a specific challenge in securing controlled substances for their CSI-360 system and Harloff was able to develop a tailored solution to meet their needs. The customized cabinets not only provide secure storage for various narcotics, but the integration with the CSI-360 software also enables automation, alerts and advanced reporting capabilities, making this system a cutting-edge “Smart Cabinet” solution for the future.
If your facility faces a unique issue with its medical storage needs, you can count on Harloff to be there to develop a custom solution just for you! Just ask Director Bruns, who when asked if he would recommend Harloff to companies facing similar issues at their facilities, stated:
“Yes, we recommend Harloff narcotics cabinets to any practice, vivarium or laboratory that wants to increase their levels of safety and security when it comes to the storage of narcotics and high value assets.”