Contract manufacturer Flex (formerly Flextronics) is incorporating RFID into HP printers and laptops made and sold in Brazil. In this case, the greatest return on investment in RFID is in the manufacturing phase where it increases efficiency and reduces waste and loss.
Additional value can be achieved while the products are in use. The tags can connect the product to the internet (Internet of Things) for performance monitoring, diagnostics and even automatic ordering of cartridge refills.
When the products finally arrive at Flex’s recycling division, Sinctronics, the tags instantly verify receipt at the designated location and reveal makes, models and all the material types, saving the recycler time and optimizing material recovery.
RFID: Technology that Keeps on Giving!
Read more in my Op Ed in last week’s e-Scrap News on this and other examples of RFID use in electronics. Send me your comments! LRoman@TransparentPlanetLLC.com
You are not to blame! There is a chasm between technology experts with readily available solutions to identify and track materials and sustainability and material recovery experts who are trying to achieve accountability and reduce waste and energy. When we give everyday items and materials an IP address and connect them to the web, the possibilities for efficiency, accountability and material recovery become very real.