Most companies lose “stuff” from as small as a torque wrench in a manufacturing facility to as big as a crane in oil & gas. No matter how good your process is to place items in specific locations, human error occurs and items will be misplaced. Not having the right item at the right time costs money. This could be in the form of replacing the item, time spent looking for the item, not being able to continue the work order, or a late delivery to your customer.
In order to keep operations running smoothly, it is imperative that your company knows where everything is at all times. There are many options to keep track of assets by using technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Ultra-Wide Band (UWB), Magnetic Loops, Ultrasound, Cameras with Machine Learning and more.
All these technologies have advantages and disadvantages, the details of “how” these tracking technologies work can be overwhelming. We like to keep things simple, ask yourself the following:
These are some of the basic questions we ask when looking at a tracking solution as well as the client’s facilities. Answering these questions will start narrowing down available technologies based on your restrictions. Choosing the wrong technology can cost your organization a significant amount of time and effort.
At Crean Innovations, we want to understand your business, use cases and roadmap before we implement any system. This way we can suggest a technology or multiple technologies that will satisfy your current needs as well as your Smart Factory roadmap for years into the future.