BioSpace, News Releases - May 5, 2004

Biotech Firms Get Integrated Vending And Wireless To Manage Logistics

cStar Technologies Inc. announces its entry into the biotechnology lab equipment sector. cStar, a wireless data communication company, is proud to launch e-Dispense, a system that dispenses life science products like a vending machine. A wireless data connection allows the system to be located almost anywhere. The e-Dispense system was designed to offer the vending machine convenience for laboratory, pharmaceutical and hospital settings. Inventory can be stocked at any temperature. Life science products such as reagents and enzymes can be dispensed from the machine's chilled or frozen storage conditions while hospital medications and instruments can be stocked at room temperature. Authorized users select and dispense restrictive products unattended anytime using personal swipe cards. A card can be assigned to dispense only select items from the machine based on the user's qualification and needs for inventory control. Wireless data transfer replaces manual stockroom record keeping. The manual process of supplying and documenting restrictive products to staff is inefficient and prone to recording errors. Wireless transmitters relay activity to suppliers and management for accountability (who is using what), inventory management, quality control, and supply chain management. Wireless allows e-Dispense units to be located anywhere and is not dependent on proximity or the need to install a wired network connection.