How NFC epaper optimizes manufacturing and management

17 Aug 2022

While companies are constantly in pursuit of more accurate and efficient management and production, what kind of technologies should be adopted for optimal production capacity as time advances? By reading this article, you’ll be learning what NFC epaper is and how it helps businesses transition from traditional methodology to up-to-date smart technologies.

Introduction to NFC epaper display

Near-field communication (NFC), also called short distance wireless communication, is a short distance high-frequency communication technology that allows contactless data transmission between devices. The following are three basic operating modes of epaper display NFC and each of their applications:

Card emulation mode

Card emulation mode allows NFC-enabled devices to function as an IC card with RFID technology, replacing many of the traditional IC cards currently used with a single device. The most commonly seen examples include credit card, debit card, IPASS, entry access control, tickets, etc.

Reader/Writer mode

Under reader/writer mode, the NFC-enabled device works as a contactless reader/writer for NFC tags. Common applications include reading data from smart posters or bulletin boards with electronic tags, just to name a few.

P2P mode

Peer to peer mode works similar to infrared technology but allows data transmission within a shorter distance and higher speed with lower energy consumption. This mode is often used in music download, image sharing, device synchronization, etc.

Epaper NFC under visitor management system

After learning about the basic operation modes of epaper display NFC and their applications, the following paragraph will provide an analysis of the obstacles traditional visitor management systems are facing, and how businesses can improve by replacing visitor passes with NFC epaper. In addition, you’ll be able to understand the significant role NFC epaper plays and the benefits it could bring for your business.

Pain Points of traditional visitor pass

The traditional way of taking down visitors’ registrations and giving out physical passes might seem easy and straight-forward, but it can also cause many issues for the company. One of the most common problems is the inconvenience caused to the visitors by having them go through various procedures, many times including, waiting in line, signing in at the front desk, just to name a few. Keeping track on visitors’ information with all the hard copies is another challenge companies have to face, not to mention hand written information is oftentimes hard to distinguish and lacks accuracy.

Advantages using NFC epaper

It is in our human nature that people develop first impressions towards one another, and those impressions often hold great influence over how trustworthy and reliable they think about each other. This works the same for businesses; replacing traditional visitor management systems with technologies like epaper display solutions not only offers guests smooth and refreshing visiting experiences, but it also shows how much the company appreciates those guests and their attention to details at first sight.
Epaper display with NFC technology allows the information on the visitor’s badge to be updated from anywhere anytime and the badge itself to be reusable as data and information can always be overwritten by another NFC-enabled device using the reader/writer mode mentioned previously. NFC epaper solutions also help digitize visitors’ information and make it easier for companies to manage those data. And the most interesting part is that with NFC coil, those epaper badges do not require external energy supply as they can display data without energy consumption and are powered by the electromagnetic field of the other active devices (NFC readers/writers) when information is being read or written.

Epaper NFC application

So how exactly can NFC epaper solution be utilized in visitor management system? Using epaper displays, companies are able to customize and display information on the badges such as visitors’ affiliated organizations, images, or even Wi-fi passwords, upscaling the practicability of those passes. Epaper display with NFC technology will allow companies to track and control visitors’ access to provide better security and safety.

Production management digitization with epaper display solution

The majority of the traditional manufacturing industry still highly relies on paper works; however, it could many times lead to lower efficiency and incur unnecessary costs. The following paragraph will provide an analysis of how to realize paperless manufacturing and optimize capacity using NFC epaper solutions.

Pain points of traditional manufacturing process

According to a survey conducted by independent research firms, a growing number of company executives are concerned about issues resulting from traditional paper-based manufacturing systems; yet, more than half of the companies out there still use a mix of spreadsheets and paper for their day to day work. And some of their biggest problems are the hidden costs. Research shows that companies spend as much as 3% of their revenue on paper; and if you also take into consideration the labor spend on creating, managing, storing, or shredding those documents, the actual cost could be even higher.

AIOI Smart CardsAdvantages using Epaper display solutions

Epaper display content management system offers centralized data management system to help optimize production efficiency. As more and more governments and regulators are turning their attention to environmental issues, it has become a timely manner for companies to find alternatives for their paper usage. With that in mind, epaper display with wireless radio feature has become the perfect replacement to help pave the way for a more environmental friendly working environment.

Epaper NFC applications

NFC epaper can bring more benefits than one can imagine; not only can the nature of its low energy consumption help cut down costs for companies, it can also reduce man-made mistakes and boost accuracy. In addition, epaper NFC application on machine automation makes it easier for employees to monitor and make alterations during production, improving efficiency and saving workers time for more important tasks without scanning or typing the number or information from items.

How Pervasive Display products accelerate production capacity

2.66”, 2.71” and 3.7” epaper displays

These models are commonly used as guest passes for visitor management systems. They can also be used on electronic shelf labels, smart tags, reusable transit items, 1D/2D barcode carriers, just to name a few.

4.2” and 7.4” epaper displays

These types of epaper displays are mainly used for production management and industrial automation; some common applications include kanban, navigation, signage, and user manual.

EXT3-1 development kit

This EXT3-1 development kit comes with a epaper display driving circuit on board, making it easy for developers, engineers, or makers to utilize and create the NFC applications mentioned above with any evaluation board (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32, etc) or development board with NFC technology from semiconductors.

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