Recent news reports of a recall on 80,000 EpiPens and warning of a contaminated heater-cooler device used during cardiac bypass surgery highlight how important unique device identification (UDI) systems are for the medical industry. Continue reading “Improve safety and reduce the cost of recalls with unique device ID’s” »
All organisations strive for reliable, uninterrupted operations. Asset-intensive companies have a special challenge when it comes to keeping systems running. The failure of a mission-critical component such as a pump, a generator or turbine engine can have devastating impact on operations and production. Hours of down-time can be a reality when this failed asset requires identification, trouble-shooting, repair or replacement. The losses may just be a headache – or they can be catastrophic.
To minimise the risk of these events occurring, organisations incur high costs for manual, labour-intensive audits, inspections and rounds, and clock-based maintenance and replacement schedules that may not even be necessary. Furthermore, the data collected during these activities serve only as a snapshot of a point in time and very rarely is it shared in a timely manner with OEM’s, service agents, users and other asset stakeholders.
But what if the operator tasked with bringing the asset back online had access to all real-time and historical data – manufacturing, warranty, engineering, user manuals, past wear and tear, performance and operating history, past failures, a full service history – accessible in the field? Continue reading “Collaborative data management platforms set to transform enterprise asset management” »
We’ve all seen police evidence being handled on programs like CSI, but the reality is more complex than the drama show implies. Evidence provides law enforcement agencies with the hard information they need to pursue justice. But tracking the chain-of-custody of thousands of items from crime scenes, through storage locations, to laboratories and court rooms and back, can be a monumental task requiring significant manual effort. However, with the advent of asset intelligence technology, evidence tracking is becoming more automated, efficient and secure. Continue reading “Managing evidence and chain of custody with asset intelligence” »
In our last blog post, we discussed how asset intelligence technology and item-level unique identification can improve visibility and traceability in an effort to combat counterfeiting in global supply chains. This week, in a related topic, we want to explore a lesser-known side of counterfeiting that requires an even more comprehensive, data driven approach. Continue reading “Tracing the origins – the importance of asset history” »
Today’s global marketplace offers us access to more products, through more channels, than ever before. This convenience, however, comes at a cost. It’s resulted in complex, fragmented supply chains, with less end-to-end visibility, making the origins of parts very difficult to trace – opening the door to counterfeits. Today’s blog explores some of the wide-ranging implications of counterfeiting and what organisations can do to protect their business. Continue reading “Asset intelligence technology for secure item-level authentication” »
Armoury management is not just about keeping weapons appropriately stored in a secure RFID cabinet or reinforced room. It’s also about managing allot of information associated with highly-sensitive assets – each with their own story to tell – in the context of complex workflows and compliance requirements. Continue reading “Improving armoury and weapons management with auto-ID” »
In our last blog, we described how data captured during asset inspections gives organisations a real-time window into their operations. Following on from there, we’d like to share an overview of a recent project we’ve undertaken for the Royal Australian Navy [RAN] which serves as a good demonstration of this. Continue reading “Case study: Maritime inspection rounds and watch-keeping events” »
Organisations with mission-critical assets know that in order to make smart decisions about their operations they need a complete and accurate picture of the condition, state and history of all their assets, across the enterprise. Routine asset inspection programs and maintenance activities offer the ideal opportunity to capture this critical data. However, despite the proliferation of enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s] and computerised maintenance management systems [CMMS’s], many companies fall short when it comes to integrating this intelligence into strategic, tactical and operational decision making. Continue reading “Transforming inspection programs with enterprise asset intelligence” »
When most organisations manage their assets, they usually have gravity on their side. So even while tracking the location and status of items can be complex, at least items will tend to stay where they were last put until something, or someone, moves them on. Crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) have no such guarantees. Continue reading “Lost in space no more: NASA using UHF RFID to track items on the ISS” »
In our last post we described the importance of a secure serialisation platform, like Relegen’s asset intelligence product, assetDNA, when managing spare parts and their lifecycles in complex asset operations. But there’s another half of the equation – the tag that carries the global unique identifier [GUID] to bridge the gap between data in information systems and real-world assets in the field.
There’s no shortage of options – but finding the right tag for each instance takes some doing. With so many factors playing a role – fit/form/function, environmental conditions, lifecycles, workflows, tag technology and type, frequency, read ranges and more – it can be hard to know where to start. Continue reading “Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]” »