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Can RFID Track Printed Circuit Boards?

Posted By RFID Journal, 06.16.2015

Are there any examples of companies using RFID to monitor PCBs?

—Name withheld


We have not published a lot of articles about companies using RFID to track printed circuit boards, but here are a few:

Electronics Factory Uses RFID to Manage Assembly of Cisco Circuit Boards
The system, which has improved production efficiency, is the result of a combined effort between Cisco Systems and Jabil, the company that assembles its products.

Schneider Electric Lays Groundwork for Tracking Circuit Boards via RFID
The solution involves the installation of an EPC Gen 2 RFID chip directly onto the printed circuit boards that the company incorporates into its products, with the board's ground plain serving as a tag antenna.

The Benefits of Embedding RFID in PCBs
Beta Layout GmbH has integrated passive UHF RFID transponders into its printed circuit boards. This video describes how RFID was integrated into the PCBs and explains the benefits of doing so, including making the boards identifiable and traceable from the beginning of the production process, as well as creating additional value for users.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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