Traceability in Manufacturing > Plant Based Asset Tracking
Plant based asset tracking factory

Plant based assets

Plant based assets on the shelf

Increase asset utilization and decrease non productive time

Pallets, calibration equipment, hand tools, machine tools, molds and dies, etc. are critical assets in most manufacturing plants. When one of these critical assets is not available the result is a delay in production. Unplanned downtime costs organizations hundreds even thousands of dollars per minute.

Tracking assets with RFID technology is a simple and effective method for automatically identifying physical location, usage and maintenance information, calibration data, contents, etc. Rugged RFID tags as small as 6mm in diameter can be placed on the asset. The data mentioned above is then written to the tag and can be read and written to thousands of times to insure the data is current.

Commonly Tracked Assets:

  • Machine Tools: Offset Measurements (from presetter), Usage, Tool Pocket Matching
  • Molds and Dies: Set-Up Parameters, Usage, Maintenance and Part Matching
  • Totes and Containers: Contents, Location, Usage and Parts Matching
  • Hand Tools: Calibration Data, Location, Use Level, Part Matching
  • Storage Tanks and Vessels: Confirm Contents, Usage and Maintenance
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV's): Location, Flow Control, Usage and Maintenance

Key Consideration:

The most important assets to an organization can be described as high-value assets. High-value is not to be confused with high-cost. While a high cost asset certainly requires monitoring, high-values assets may be a lower cost to the organization, but need to be readily available because they are critical to the production process.