AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION

Driving Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are dominating today’s technological innovations. “Smart factories” organise and optimise themselves so they can quickly react to changing requirements. Complete visibility of processes are the foundations for efficient planning and control procedures. At any given time, there needs to be visibility and traceability of components and materials including their processing status and location. This, however, is only possible if the objects are uniquely identifiable and tracked at every phase of the production and logistics process.

The continuous identification of products across the supply chain will become critical to success in all industries in the future, making it possible to work faster, more efficiently and more flexibly.

Where maximum process reliability and traceability are required, seamless automatic identification is an absolute must. This is especially true in the Healthcare sector. Over the past few decades, codes, identification processes and data collection solutions have evolved continuously. This White Paper provides an overview of the fundamentals of automatic identification; the different technologies available and the advantages and possibilities of each, but also highlights restrictions of the different systems.