Lack of a complete operational view of every key asset in your business processes can spell disaster, particularly when these assets are RTI’s (Returnable Transport Items) supporting cyclic business processes. Examples of RTI’s include pallets, crates, bins, racks, and specialized carriers such as those used to transport automotive engines during engine production as well as final installation. The value of such RTI’s can range from $5.00 for simple wooden pallets in good condition to many thousands of dollars for specialized racks and carriers.
While the intrinsic value of each RTI should of course be considered, it is the potential for substantial compounding losses caused by the lack of availability of these RTI’s that could spell costly disasters for your business.
For example, in an engine manufacturing plant, specialized carriers made of precisely cut and welded steel tube are used to pack and transport each engine as they leave the engine factory to be transported to final assembly of trucks. When the carrier-with-engine package arrives at the final assembly plant , the carrier is brought inside, its engine removed, and the empty carrier is placed in a storage area, typically outdoors, for eventual return to the engine plant, for the cycle to run again.
Without a system to accurately track where each carrier is located, the business runs the risk of all the carriers being empty in the storage area of the final assembly plant, with none available at the engine plant. If this happens, the engine plant must stop its assembly line, as there is no means to remove and transport the newly-built engines off-site, which means a disruption in the final assembly plant’s line soon follows. The effects of this incident continue to snowball / mushroom, affecting all the other suppliers and producers as all related business process flows ‘freeze up’.
Now imagine if the engine assembly plant is in Detroit, Michigan, and the final assembly plant is in Mexico, near Mexico City, 2,327 miles away, a 37 hour truck drive. This single disruptive incident would likely take a week or longer to correct and begin to resume normal operations. Clearly this situation must be avoided.
Avoiding Disaster while Gaining Additional Benefits
Securent’s Low-Cost Cyber-Physical Trackers (CPT’s) are self-contained, long-life battery powered, easy-to-install, sensor-laden computers with GPS and Internet Access. For a single , low, monthly lease fee, Securent provides the CPT device along with access to all of the data the CPT reports, analytical algorithms, a web portal ‘dashboard’, and secure RESTful data access API’s to integrate easily with any Manufacturing Execution System , Enterprise Resource Planning System, and more.
In additional to quickly gaining an accurate operational picture in tracking and planning the availability of RTI’s to prevent disruptions, access to Securent’s Full Stack of services means you’ll have access to additional, valuable business process data, such as progress and expected arrival time of RTI’s in transit, taking instantaneous real-time inventory of all CPT-equipped RTI’s on demand, detecting mis-routing and possible theft of RTI’s through implementing GeoFencing rules on the CPT’s, and accurately measuring process times using Lean practices, such as Takt times, as CPT’s mounted in RTI’s can detect being loaded or unloaded, which generally signals the beginning or end of a production cycle.
Contact Securent today to bring your cyclic business processes under tight control with Securent’s Full-Stack Industry 4.0 Solution!