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”.
Join the conversation
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?
A closer look: NFC-enabled manufacturing
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