Frequently Asked Questions

Is EPC technology just for use on consumer products goods?


The original vision was for EPC technology to be used on all types of products, not just consumer products. Having a single numbering scheme would make it easier to track goods not just within an industry but across industries as well. Goodyear, for instance, sells tires to automakers and to Wal-Mart, and it would be better to use one numbering scheme to track all their tires. But many industries have their own numbering systems, and EPCglobal has developed a “translation engine”—a software system that converts EPCs into industry-specific numbers and back again. Many industries are moving toward adopting EPC technology, including apparel, defense, computing, electronics and pharmaceuticals.


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