Asset Monitoring Solutions for Multiple Applications
To achieve sustainable yields, the agriculture sector must continually drive waste reduction and enhance productivity. The IoT is solving problems in Ag through multi-level efficiencies including equipment tracking, improved fertilizer usage, field mapping, supply-chain monitoring and automating from farm-to-table. Asset tracking applications provide agriculture company’s increased situational awareness allowing them to sense and respond in real-time.
Farmers can utilize IoT to collect data including location, temperature to monitor the health of their livestock. This information helps farmers in identify animals functioning outside of healthy parameters and may need attention, so they can be segregated from the herd, thereby preventing reductions in productivity or the spread of disease.
Greenhouse farming is a methodology that helps in enhancing the yield of vegetables, fruits, crops, etc. Greenhouses control the environmental parameters, such as temperature and humidity, through manual intervention or a proportional control mechanism. As manual intervention results in production loss, energy loss, and labor cost, these methods are less effective. Installing smart technologies can increase farm competitiveness and sustainability
The construction industry was an early adopter of IoT solutions, focused on machine hours, fuel consumption, GPS tracking, theft prevention, and idle time. This data allows for equipment owners to schedule preventive maintenance, determine optimal operating procedures, prevent theft, misuse of equipment, and more.
For contractors, it’s all about total cost of ownership (TCO). How much does unscheduled downtime cost when a machine breaks down? Why does one of your machines use 40% more fuel above average? Which parts or consumables can wait longer before being replaced? Challenges uniquely suited for asset tracking and monitoring solutions.
Asset tracking and monitoring applications can provide varying levels of analysis to help you utilize data for improved decision-making. Better data and analytics will lead to less downtime by enabling better predictive maintenance, so you only change oil when you need to, or you know the exact location of an asset, at any moment. Predictive analytics help owners keep track of their assets and make repairs only when truly necessary.
Supply Chain and Logistics
Whether you’re in manufacturing, distribution, shipping, planning or managing the flow of assets, knowing the status of goods in your supply chain can be a challenge. Asset tracking and monitoring solutions are being utilized to decrease material waste, improve logistics and ultimately serve customers better.
Track deliveries from the vendor to your facility
In situations where the supply chains involves multiple vendors, asset tracking can be used to track at the pallet level, from the moment they are packed until the time they enter your facility. You can even track their return and redeploy your assets.
Track deliveries and materials around your facility
Large, dynamic facilities can sometimes make it challenging for drivers to carry goods to their intended location, which can often lead to lost or misplaced goods. Pallet or container-based tracking systems can increase transparency and drive organizational efficiencies.
Track deliveries and materials inside your facility
Materials moved inside a facility for assembly or shipping often fall prey to being misplaced leading to slower production times, employee frustration, and, ultimately, customer dissatisfaction. An asset tracking solution can provide the granular level of information necessary to make timely, informed decisions.
Factories and retailers regularly receive shipments of perishable or sensitive goods that only stay fresh for a short time, and/or require specific environmental conditions to maintain quality. Monitoring throughout the shipping process for temperature and humidity levels or degrees of shock and vibration can provide situational awareness that signals potential damages or other non-ordinary incidents long before deliveries are made enabling contingencies to be executed.
Manufacturers in every sector have a significant opportunity to not only monitor but also automate many of complex process involved in manufacturing. While there have been systems which can track progress in the plant, advances in technologies are enabling access to far more intricate, timely and relevant information.
IoT enabled machinery monitoring can transmit operational information to partners like original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as to field engineers. This enables operations managers and factory heads to remotely manage factory units and take advantage of process automation and optimization.
The use of sensors with manufacturing equipment enables condition-based maintenance alerts. There are many critical machine-tools that are designed to function within certain temperature and vibration ranges. Asset monitoring can actively observe machines and send an alert when the equipment deviates from its prescribed parameters. By ensuring the ideal operating environment for machinery, manufacturers can conserve energy, reduce costs, eliminate machine downtime and increase overall efficiency.
Production Flow Monitoring
Monitoring in manufacturing can enable transparency of production lines starting from the refining process down to the packaging of final products. This real-time visibility into the entire process enables managers to adjust operations eliminating potential lags in production, waste and unnecessary work.
Tracking and monitoring applications permit the monitoring of events across a supply chain. Using these systems, inventory is tracked and traced globally on a line-item level and users are notified of any significant deviations from plans. This cross-channel visibility into inventories provides accuracy of available material, WIP status and ETA’s of finished materials, driving overall supply chain optimization.
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