Electronics RFID Labels
The consumer electronics industry is a natural fit for the wide adoption of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. With a complex supply chain, high rates of theft, and a high potential for elevated out-of-stock rates, electronics stand to benefit greatly from the added tracking and visibility afforded by RFID. Many electronics companies and big box stores have already started implementing the technology, including Microsoft and Walmart.
The Supply Chain
RFID can be used during manufacturing, particularly for printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, where identification and work-in-process tracking is key. PCB manufacturing involves multiple steps, from initial inspection to component assembly, testing, and system integration. At each step, unique information needs to be assigned to a precise board, and the amount of data has only increased of late. Work-in-process tracking provides a more accurate, real-time method of reading serial numbers, which can lead to increased productivity.
Managing inventories of products that contain multiple internal components, such as hard drives, processors, and RAM, can be taxing. Additionally, unlike other consumer products, electronics retailers do not stock a lot of goods on store shelves, making them more susceptible to out-of-stock concerns. These items also have a limited shelf life. RFID can help manage these inventory issues more efficiently, decreasingly the likelihood of costly overstocking and allowing companies to better match supply to demand.
Electronic devices face a high theft rate, both from the supply line as well as in stores. RFID tags embedded into these devices can help improve security through enhanced tracking and by enabling new capabilities and benefits. One such example is the ability for manufacturers to remotely lock a device as it progresses through the supply chain, so if it is stolen, it cannot be used. RFID technology can also be implemented for product authentication, control of firmware updates, and warranty tracking.
GA international can provide fully customizable RFID tags to suit your specific application. This includes a variety of inlay and antennae combinations, depending on the amount of information that needs to be encoded, your safety concerns, and the necessary read range. Our durable specialty labels combined with customizable RFID technology make for an error-free, dependable identification solution.
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