Bluetooth tags for inventory tracking
In an earlier post, we had written about high-performance shopfloor inventory tracking using indoor position systems deployed on a large scale mesh network which can handle thousands of sensor tags spawn across large factories and warehouses. These solutions bring an accuracy of 5 meters and are completely battery operated, giving the ease of deployment, installation, and maintenance.
A relatively low accuracy system can be deployed in smaller factories and warehouses using a series of low cost, low powered gateways which can be fitted at regular intervals of 15 meters to give near to real-time information on the location and movement of inventory in warehouses and factories.
Inventory tracking in small factories
Recently during a pre-sales visit to an electronics component manufacturing unit in Indonesia which used Injection Moulding Machines, there was a need to track the pallets which carried gold plated connectors. The production manager wanted an effective solution and we proposed a solution comprising of 10 Bluetooth readers connected as a mesh, which locates the high-value components and provides zone based information on the location of the pallets. The factory has 37 IM machines spread over three buildings and it was easy to deploy the wireless sensor based solution to enable inventory tracking in a production environment.
Inventory tracking dashboard
The position of the pallet can be linked to each of the production machines by affixing Bluetooth tags on them. Using factory condition monitoring solutions, it is possible to tap information from the IM machines using a three wire input. This data can be pushed on to a shop floor dashboard to help in understanding the matrices required for Overall Equipment Efficiency. Current monitoring, abnormal vibrations, ground leakage, overheating and other parameters can be detected early to prevent loss in production time due to unscheduled maintenance works and breakdowns. The same infrastructure can also be used for attendance monitoring in factories.
Call us to know more about inventory tracking solutions for small factories in Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.