Whether your company is established, starting out, old-school or advanced, the key to profitability is in the most productive utilization of your physical and human resources. A truly performance-driven company should be fixated on quantifying, tracking, measuring, and monitoring assets. Thanks to IoT (The Internet of Things), smart solutions exist to monitor assets comprehensively, accurately, and in real-time. Thanks to the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), managing your assets is now smarter than ever – because it is now accurate, comprehensive, intelligent and real-time. When compared with legacy models of asset management, IoT solutions are cheaper, faster and simply, better – providing your company with an edge over competitors.
A run-down on IoT
IoT is quite the buzzword. It can be understood as the the connectivity between the internet and objects, people, and spaces. Underlying all the gadgets which comprise smart networks, IoT sits as a bridge between legacy systems and data-enriched, dynamic systems, stitching together multiple technologies to track, monitor, and measure. Increasingly, IoT is reactive and automation, both in consumer homes and businesses, will shape the next decade in the trajectory of society.
Asset tracking refers to tracking with the help of mobile and sensors embedded on vehicles, assets, and employees. Through an IoT-based equipment and capital asset-tracking solution, you can know the location, status, and operating performance of assets across your operations in real time. This will help you better monitor equipment, track inventory, service equipment, and make workers more efficient.
The advanced digital capability also allows assets to be tracked and monitored remotely. As companies improve their means to capture asset use, managers and employees can begin benefiting from real-time operational insights; improving agility and creating better use.
With IoT, you can monitor your machinery without manual intervention. With real-time asset health monitoring, a manufacturing plant can achieve lower operational costs by monitoring equipment and operating parameters to automatically trigger alerts and protectively initiate a service response. IoT sensors placed throughout a factory can determine when machines require maintenance or alert plant managers if the temperature or humidity levels are too high for sensitive processes such as painting or mixing ingredients.
A consumer packaged goods company can use the asset and material tracking to detect and reduce theft and maintain inventory levels by tagging and tracing products throughout the supply chain. A process manufacturing unit can use connected operations intelligence to achieve cost savings by effecting changes in their procurement model based on real-time consumable data.
A strong sensing and analytics-based Tracking solution can help you create a more efficient assembly line. By connecting location-tracking sensors on the production line — including beacons on workers, RFID tags on products, and RSP readers on workstations — and integrating data-visualization tools, you can enable your production managers can track key performance indicators at workstations, see where defects occur, understand their causes, and immediately address them. They can identify delays in the assembly line down to individual operators, increase process compliance, and introduce predictability.
Being asset-intensive, manufacturing companies face tight budgets, stringent regulations and high pressure to improve asset performance, even while being confronted with aging assets and workforce. Managing an asset with these challenges requires informed decision-making based on insight, knowledge and forecasting. Data is a powerful tool to achieve this goal.
Thanks to IoT, measurement techniques that were complex and expensive are now more affordable, accessible and increasingly important. Even as you enhance your operations and supply chain – as a connected enterprise – building an analytics layer on top of it helps you find field data faster and immediately available for processing. Add to that the power of having more relevant measurements and observations of superior quality at your fingertips leads to informed decision-making.
About the use of IoT in human asset management
Track, monitor, and measure can also be applied to human resources – provided enough care is taken to protect privacy and compliance with local laws. For example, sensors embedded in employee uniforms and helmets, in some of the industries, can detect hazardous conditions such as toxic gases, or warn of over-exertion based on the reading of an employee’s heartbeat. In another example, GPS-enabled devices or mobile applications help track the precise physical location of workers in order to deploy them most efficiently to new work assignments.
A typical IoT Smart Asset Management solution comprises Remote Asset Tracking, Asset Health/Condition Monitoring, Asset Lifecycle Management, Asset Workflow Automation, and Predictive Asset Maintenance. You need an end-to-end solution, which includes recommendations on what devices to adopt, building an IoT platform, implementing analytics, and using digital solutions to integrate the enterprise.
Credit to: Anand Ethiraj