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Printed Circuit Board Tracking with RFID: Speed, Efficiency and Productivity Made Simple

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Printed Circuit Board Tracking with RFID: Speed, Efficiency and Productivity Made Simple

Tracking goods through manufacturing was originally accomplished with pencil, paper and human input. Barcodes introduced an automated, machine-readable tracking mechanism that streamlined all types of manufacturing. But modern printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies are running into limitations because of barcode labels. And though barcodes and RFID tags will co-exist, the relatively large barcode labels have to find increasingly scarce real estate on high density boards. Furthermore, flexible manufacturing processes that create dozens or hundreds of models derived from a base design, must be replaced with a barcode label in the final stages of product production which indicates that manufactures need to examine whether barcode tracking or RFID tracking is the better option for their business.

Credit/Source: Chris Cook, Hank Tomarelli  Texas Instruments

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