Recommended M163 Wristband Tag Product Cleaning Procedure
M163 Tags are designed to be comfortably worn by the user when attached with single-use ¾” wristbands. The enclosures are impact resistant, splash resistant and temperature stable. The tags are sealed via sonic-welding to resist moisture and fluids. Tags can be regularly and repeatedly exposed to warm soapy solutions. Tags will withstand normal bath and shower regimens, wipe-down and cleaning procedures; simply discard the wristband, then clean and re-use the tags. Periodic wiping will not damage the tags. Tags should be stored in dry conditions; prolonged periods of liquid immersion other than those described below are not recommended.
The enclosures for the M163 family of active RFID wristband tags are injection-molded from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Novablend 2677 (manufactured for RF Code by PolyOne Corporation). Test results indicate that periodic exposure to CLINI*TECH disinfectant does not produce any adverse conditions for the tags.
Disinfectant CLINI*TECH disinfectant / CAT# CTG175
Active ingredients: n-Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides 0.105%
n-Alkyl dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides 0.105%
Inert ingredients: 99.790%
A. Items needed: Disinfectant, Gloves, Towels, Cotton Swabs, Inert Plastic Tray or Basin
- Examine tags and remove any visible dirt/debris.
- Clean wings (band area) using a cotton swab.
- Place tags into tray/basin in a single layer.
- Add cleaner until the tags begin to float, approximately ½ inch depth.
- Soak tags for 5 minutes.
- With gloved hand, flip the tags and soak for 5 additional minutes.
- Air dry on towels.
- After drying there may be a slight residue remaining on the surface. Tags may be hand-cleaned with hot water and various soft hand soaps.
C. Other Information
- Diluted chlorine bleach (up to 1:10 bleach solution ratio, or 5000 ppm available chlorine) may be used for tags that have been exposed to certain infectious diseases. Use of higher bleach concentrations is not recommended; please refer to hospital infection control policies.
- The tag enclosure and internal battery are rated up to +70 degrees Celsius (158 °F). Do not subject tags to elevated temperature cleaning cycles such as a dishwasher or autoclave.
- The enclosure is sealed via ultrasonic welding. If the tag is subjected to sustained loads under harsh or hostile environmental conditions, the enclosure may show signs of environmental stress cracking.
- The propagation of cracks over time can result in cosmetic and functional defects (e.g., broken seal, water penetration, electronic failure).
- Do not clean with window cleaners, solvents or abrasives. Exposure to certain chemicals, including ammonia, highly concentrated alcohol solutions (e.g., 100% isopropyl alcohol) and oil-based products (e.g., mineral oil, vegetable oil) can accelerate the stress cracking process.
- Customers are encouraged to evaluate product performance and fitness for use in their operating environment before deploying large populations of tags.