The wireless proximity technology known as Near Field Communication, or NFC, has been making headlines recently, especially in the consumer sector. Look at just about any news site, and you’re likely to find an announcement about some kind of NFC-enabled application, whether it’s mobile payments, wearables, next-generation ticketing schemes, or new sharing services like short-term bike and car rentals. What hasn’t been getting as much coverage, though, is the promise NFC shows for manufacturing, and the many ways it can make factories smarter, more efficient, and more productive.
Today’s factories are already pretty smart, using technologies like cloud computing, the Internet of Things, omnipresent connectivity, and advanced automation to increase output, support customization on a large scale, respond more quickly to changes in demand, and, of course, save energy and lower costs.
NFC is a welcome addition in these sophisticated production environments, because it delivers new levels of convenience, communication, and configurability throughout the supply chain, from initial production to warehousing, the store shelf, and beyond. NFC works in many different ways to enhance manufacturing, and we’ve identified the top 15 advantages.
To get the details about our top 15 list, download our new white paper, titled “What NFC means for smart factories, intelligent supply chains, and Industry 4.0”.
Where do you think NFC fits in the supply chain? And how might you use NFC tags to make production smarter? Do you own any products that use NFC tags?
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