IOT in Production plant floor tracking, locating & monitoring

Ripples IoT in Production floor Inventory tracking , workflow, shop floor monitoring

IOT in production 

Factory floor – The yearly inventory and spare stock take is a week-long exercise, which involves matching production trolleys, bins, and racks for procurement, production, and finished goods. I wish we had an efficient inventory tracking solution that helped reduce the stocktake time so that our production is not stalled during this annual activity, which helps in improved throughput and lower cost in production management. Some of our factories located globally also face the problem of equipment and inventory theft. Deploying antitheft solutions that give our alerts when something moves out of the factory or warehouse can help us save a lot of money, reap the benefits of iot in manufacturing.

Remote production control asset tracking

The electronics manufacturing center has over 100 tools and spares inventory scattered over 20,000 sq meters of production area. We are at times clueless about where the essential tools are. If only we had technology that would help us easily locate these inventory items. I am sure our supervisors and shop floor managers will find a noticeable improvement in productivity, which means we will be able to ship out our products at a much higher rate and save costs, which can be passed on to our customers in these testing times. Preventive maintenance, repairs, remote monitoring etc can help us save and improve efficiencies by deploying IOT in production floor tracking, monitoring and locating.

Role of iot in production planning

We are in the business of manufacturing high-end equipment for the semiconductor industry and our production shop floor spans an area of 30,000 sq. meters. It is difficult for us to the exact time it takes for equipment to move from one zone to the other. Ideally, a production zone performance system would be good to have so that we can draw matrices and devise performance rewards.

Production factory floor equipment monitoring

Ten years ago, we deployed over 300 analog temperature sensors on various equipment with localized dashboards. The group of 10 supervisors needs to spend time at each of these dashboards to understand variations in temperature, pressure, and humidity levels. We badly need a centralized digital dashboard that will provide instant alerts and notifications when critical parameters turn abnormal.

Ripples IoT in manufacturing industry - factory floor tracking, monitoring, locating

Repair and maintenance monitoring

Our repair and preventive maintenance systems are completely on manual methods, hence there is a lot of paper work for the technicians to log while visiting different zones in the production area, to conduct troubleshooting, repairs and preventive maintenance. We ideally need a solution that points out how much of repair and preventive maintenance time our technicians spend in each zone so that we can devise an activity based system.

Detecting anomalies in industrial equipment

There are 3 eCarts and 4 industrial elevators in our production area built over 4 floors. They work on a 27 x 4 basis as our factory is only shut twice a year – once for annual inventory stock take and the other for preventive maintenance, fumigation, and disinfecting. Whenever one of the elevators or eCarts breakdown, we lose critical time, which stalls the flow of raw material and people between the floors. We need an IOT in production line for a remote monitoring solution that will help detect anomalies in compressors, pumps, pulleys, gears, etc.

Ripples IoT - Industrial monitoring, shop floor workflow management solutions

Group knowledge tracking solution

Being a world-class product engineering company, we attract some of the best talents globally. Our corporate social responsibility ensures we hire some of the brightest engineers from the nearby universities of repute. Onboarding these trainee folks is a 3-month process and each team is assigned to a senior production supervisor. I wish we had a knowledge tracking system to ensure the trainee engineers shadow the senior on a continual basis.

Workflow production management, preventive maintenance, contractor safety

Shop floor safety for factory contractors

We have a group of 120 specialized contractors who visit our factory on a regular basis. They work in compliance, inspection, electrical, and certification departments. As part of workplace safety norms, it is critical that we ensure their wellness and production management safety of our long-term contractors, by monitoring their movement, define danger zones, prohibited areas, and track physical activities to avoid incidents such as electric shocks and falls from heights. We need to deploy a smart industry solution.

Monitoring Cost of production management 

Our bosses travel the world to study advances in the production shop floor, and workflow management systems, and every time come back with enterprise solutions that are so hard to implement and require rewiring and certifications, take time to train our folks on the shop floor area and costs a bomb. These high budget spending are frozen for the time being. Two years ago, we deployed a solution from a local vendor and we ended up spending a lot of time changing the batteries of the devices the accuracy levels were to the tune of 25 meters, which made no sense for inventory and workforce monitoring. 

Call us, and speak to our experts to learn more about our ready-to-deploy, fully integrated solutions for deploying IOT in production floor tracking, locating, and monitoring on mesh network technology, an award winning, massively scalable architecture.

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