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