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At ChainLink we have talked a lot about the advent of SmallSmartFast technologies—ever-smaller and ever-smarter devices and software that is fast to implement

allows on line plan adjustment  small, flexible teams. This allows smaller batch sizes, but it requires very faster changeovers, as well as teams that are cross-trained to do different functions. This is actually one of the key attributes of smaller teams—people become a lot more multi-talented and cross-functional—e.g. in startups, everyone wears many hats. In SmallSmartFast teams, most people have a much higher job satisfaction, because they have more variety, see more of the whole picture, have more direct responsibility for

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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