FREMONT, CA: The exponential progress of technology has brought an overwhelming sense of change in the manufacturing industry, and those advances are showing no signs of slowing. Among several technologies, location intelligence is at the heart of improving the efficiency, safety, and security of the manufacturing environments. The latest location intelligence technologies can work within centimeters accuracy, and combine and synthesize data from billions of access points. The ability to reliably track objects opens up new possibilities in the world of manufacturing.
Supply Chain Visibility
Intelligent and accurate supply chain visibility in transit at every node in the network and production process enables more accurate planning of manufacturing. Accurate real-time location data and the always-on-tracking are powering the revolution in supply chain visibility. Location intelligence allows manufacturers to understand exactly where parts and materials currently sit in the supply chain. This enables true manufacturing process optimization with human workers only needing to get involved in exception management.
Asset and Resource Optimization
Understanding the patterns of human workers and equipment as they move about the factory floor can help operators determine whether the floor is over or under resources and the efficiency of process flow. With better asset visibility, manufacturers can make more informed decisions about actual asset and resource utilization metrics. Looking at the traffic patterns with the help of location tracking can also help operators identify sources of inefficiency and ways to the improved overall process flow.
Increasing Workplace Safety
Understanding the current location of all the manufacturing equipment and people significantly increases the safety of workers. As the manufacturing floor moves towards more automation, knowing the location of people moving about the floor becomes critical to ensure their safety. Geo-fencing with automatic shutdown can protect the workforce from hazards. By having all personnel wearing beacons, it is possible to locate and help anyone present in the hazardous event quickly.
Concisely, location intelligence offers manufacturing organizations complete, real-time visibility to operations they need for competing in today’s market.