SMEW 2024


RTLS 4.0: How to make the Smart Factory journey simple, low risk and yet highly effective

05 Jun 2024
IIOT & Connectivity Solution Theatre

In the rapidly evolving landscape of smart manufacturing, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) have emerged as indispensable tools for tracking, monitoring, and measuring assets both indoors and globally. RTLS 4.0 represents the latest evolution, promising simplicity, reduced risk, and heightened effectiveness in implementing these systems within smart factory environments.

RTLS 4.0 encompasses a suite of technologies and strategies designed to optimise asset management and streamline operations. At its core, RTLS 4.0 leverages advanced tracking technologies such as RFID, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), UWB (Ultra-Wideband), and IoT sensors to provide real-time visibility into the movement and status of assets. Unlike previous iterations, RTLS 4.0 integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure and offers greater scalability, interoperability, and reliability.

One of the key advantages of RTLS 4.0 is its ability to track assets not only within the confines of the factory floor but also across global supply chains. By leveraging GPS and cellular connectivity, RTLS 4.0 enables organisations to monitor the location, condition and environment experienced by assets at every stage of the production and distribution process, from raw materials to finished products. This comprehensive visibility empowers manufacturers to optimise inventory management, reduce loss and theft, and enhance supply chain resilience.

Customer case studies will demonstrate the tangible benefits of implementing RTLS 4.0 within the areas of manufacturing, engineering and logistics. Companies have reported significant improvements in operational efficiency, asset use, and overall productivity. By accurately tracking the location and movement of assets, organisations can minimise downtime, reduce search and retrieval times, and optimize resource allocation. Moreover, real-time data insights provided by RTLS 4.0 enable proactive decision-making, allowing businesses to identify bottlenecks, predict maintenance needs, and optimise workflow processes.

Implementing RTLS 4.0 does not have to be daunting. Practical implementation examples, hints, and tips guide organisations through the deployment process, ensuring smooth integration and minimal disruption to existing operations. From selecting the right technology stack to designing efficient asset-tracking workflows, these insights help companies maximize the value of their investment in RTLS 4.0.

In conclusion, RTLS 4.0 represents a transformative opportunity for manufacturers and logistics businesses to enhance operational efficiency, mitigate risk, and unlock new levels of productivity. By leveraging advanced tracking technologies and real-time data insights, organisations can navigate the complexities of the smart factory journey with confidence, knowing that they have the tools and capabilities to succeed in an increasingly competitive market landscape.

Andrew Scheer, Growth Director - Pathfindr
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