Asset tracking enables the capture of real-time data about the location, movement, and status of assets. This information can provide valuable insights into processes and workflows, increasing productivity and efficiency. However, choosing the right asset-tracking technology can be daunting. With options ranging from UWB to GPS to the ubiquitous RFID, how do you know which one is right for your business? Asset tracking technologies overlap in capabilities, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Furthermore,
What is RTLS Technology? There is a growing interest in RTLS (Real-time Location Systems) as part of the wider Industry 4.0 and “smart manufacturing” discussion. In recent years, RTLS systems have proliferated within the manufacturing, logistics, and engineering sectors. Companies with a better understanding of these technologies and their potential benefits are poised to profit from the increased efficiency, forecasting, and safety associated with their usage. What is RTLS Technology? How Does RTLS Work?
Hypothetically, an organization could implement real-time asset tracking across all its operations. An ideal asset tracking solution would therefore track all assets, in all processes, and at all times, and the data would be used to manage, monitor, and optimize the utilization of those assets. However, there are challenges associated with implementing asset tracking solutions, including management buy-in, the cost of installing & maintaining infrastructure, the organization's asset tracking maturity, integrating data into
Ever since Ransom Olds introduced the automotive assembly line in 1901, and Henry Ford the moving conveyor in 1913 we’ve pretty much been building cars the same way: cramming processes into fixed workstations. The fixed workstation is a very simple concept. Step 1: define the takt-time based on planned production volume, typically around 60 seconds for high volume. Step 2: set the line speed and workstation size to create 60s workstations. Step 3: divide
The barcode was first imagined in 1948 by Joseph Woodland, inspired by the dots and dashes of Morse code. Woodland was responding to a challenge set by a local retailer in Philadelphia, looking to find ways to speed up the process of checking-out in stores. By the 1960’s, an engineer, David Collins revived this idea and, combined with the availability of lasers, was putting thick and thin striped lines on railway cars so they
Don’t judge a book by its cover we are told, but I’ll admit that I’ve bought more than one volume based on its cover art. Those books haven’t always provided a life-changing literary experience, but what the heck? It was only a $10 gamble. An investment in location intelligence to underpin a process digitization strategy is somewhat more than a $10 proposition and selecting the right tracking technology deserves more thought than a perusal
As manufacturing facilities re-start around the world, it’s clear several efficient operating practices that are almost universally adopted will be somewhat reversed, certainly in the short-term, possibly longer. Take ‘just-in-time’ or lean manufacturing for example; made famous by Toyota and popular since the 70’s, manufacturers will need to rethink their supply chains to reduce exposure to potentially disruptive events. As an opinion piece in the FT succinctly put it this weekend; more ‘just-in-case’ than