Think RTLS is Only for Managing Inventory? Think Again!

In the fast-evolving landscape of manufacturing, staying ahead of the curve requires embracing cutting-edge technologies that optimize processes and enhance overall efficiency. Real-Time Location Services (RTLS) have emerged as a game-changer, addressing critical challenges faced by Operations Managers across manufacturing. In this blog, we explore the diverse use cases of RTLS, delving into challenges faced and the transformative benefits brought about by i-Virtualize TRACE Sensors powered by Quuppa.

Does this Sound Familiar?

You’re in the thick of manufacturing operations, juggling timelines, resources, and the ever-elusive smooth workflow. Traditional methods are feeling a bit outdated, and that’s where the buzz around RTLS comes into play. The need for precision, speed, and streamlined processes has never been more critical.

Data Visibility

You’re running the show, but the lack of real-time visibility into your assets’ whereabouts is like navigating in the dark. Enter RTLS—shedding light on your asset locations and status in real-time, giving you the power of up-to-the-minute information.

Inventory Levels

Keeping tabs on inventory in real-time? Easier said than done, right? RTLS steps in, offering insights that prevent bottlenecks, shortages, and the dreaded production delays. Say goodbye to guessing games with your stock levels.

Theft Prevention

Security woes keeping you up at night? We get it. RTLS comes to the rescue, providing real-time tracking and monitoring, making unauthorized asset removal a thing of the past. It’s like having a virtual security guard on duty 24/7.

Order Fulfillment

RTLS boosts your game by offering real-time insights into the movement of goods. Identify bottlenecks, streamline those picking processes, and watch your efficiency soar.

High Insurance Costs

Real-time monitoring of assets and equipment is your ticket to a safer workplace, reducing the risk of incidents and cutting down on those hefty insurance bills.

SLA Compliance

RTLS helps you keep a close eye on environmental conditions, ensuring compliance with SLAs, and optimizing first in and first out.

Equipment Downtime

The ultimate productivity buzzkill. RTLS lets you proactively monitor equipment, schedule maintenance, and minimize those unexpected downtime surprises. Your production lines will thank you.


RTLS in Action: Let’s Get Specific

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1.Track and Locate Parcels and SKUs

RTLS is sort of like a crystal ball—but for real and accurately works. Gain real-time visibility into the location of parcels and SKUs within your facility, ensuring accurate tracking from production to shipment. Operations Managers can optimize workflows, reduce handling time, and improve overall supply chain efficiency.

2. Track and Locate Tools and Equipment

What if you could make it impossible for never lose tools and equipment? i-Virtualize TRACE Sensors allows you to track the real-time location of tools and equipment, preventing loss, ensuring timely availability, and reducing the time spent searching for essential resources.

3. Identify Assets in an Area

Ever wished for x-ray vision to see where your assets are in your massive warehouse? TRACE Sensors facilitates the identification and monitoring of assets within specific areas of the manufacturing facility. This is particularly valuable in large warehouses or production spaces, helping you maintain control over asset distribution and utilization.

4. Maintenance Request Signal

Say goodbye to guessing when equipment needs a tune-up. RTLS integrates seamlessly with maintenance systems, triggering maintenance requests based on real-time asset usage. And as we all know, proactive maintenance is key to preventing equipment breakdowns and minimizing downtime.

5. Safer Workplace

Ensuring the safety of personnel is a top priority. TRACE Sensors includes features such as worker distress signals, enabling quick response in emergencies. Operations Managers can enhance workplace safety by promptly locating and assisting distressed personnel.

6. Security

Gain the upper hand in reinforcing security throughout your facility. Instead of allowing the threat of security breaches to compromise the integrity of your manufacturing processes, RTLS provides real-time alerts for unauthorized entries, enabling you to take immediate action and reinforce security protocols.

7. Unauthorized Asset Removal

Theft prevention can be incredibly difficult, especially when it comes to large warehouses and hundreds of personnel. Preventing unauthorized removal of assets is crucial for minimizing losses. i-Virtualize TRACE Sensors enables Operations Managers to receive instant alerts when assets are moved without authorization, helping in swift recovery, and mitigating the risk of theft.

8. Optimize Routes and Processes

TRACE Sensors isn’t just about real-time tracking; it’s also your data analytics buddy. All that valuable data collected from RTLS and other IoT devices, generate valuable data that can be analyzed to optimize routes and processes. Identify inefficiencies, streamline workflows, and enhance overall operational performance through data-driven decision-making.

9. Maximize Space Usage

Floor space feeling a bit cramped? RTLS provides insights into the movement and storage of assets, enabling Operations Managers to optimize floor space, reduce congestion, and enhance overall efficiency.


What Does All of this Mean for Your Business?

  • Increased Productivity: You’re not just managing—you’re mastering. Boost productivity by minimizing downtime, streamlining processes, and riding the wave of efficient workflows. Lower Operational Costs: Efficient resource use, preventive maintenance, and fewer incidents mean one thing—lower operational costs. Stretch that budget further and let your bottom line breathe.
  • Real-Time Inventory Management: No more guesswork with inventory levels. Real-time insights mean smooth sailing through production, reducing delays, and keeping the wheels turning.
  • Safer Workspace: Worker distress signals, unauthorized entry alerts, and asset removal alerts—all part of the package to create a safer, more secure workspace
  • Accessible Integrations: The best part? i-Virtualize TRACE Sensors powered by Quuppa seamlessly integrate with your existing systems.

Your Manufacturing Hero

And there you have it, the superhero of manufacturing ops—i-Virtualize TRACE Sensors powered by Quuppa and built with a dependable Cisco backbone. Precision, efficiency, and operational excellence are no longer aspirations but tangible outcomes. Transform your manufacturing game and say hello to a future where challenges become opportunities, and your operations reach new heights. Ready to make the leap? Your manufacturing superhero is just a click away!

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