Preventing equipment loss in hospitals and emergency services with asset intelligence

Asset intelligence technology is poised to gain traction in the global healthcare and emergency services industry sectors in an effort to combat the staggering amount of assets which disappear due to loss or theft. Continue reading “Preventing equipment loss in hospitals and emergency services with asset intelligence” »

Improve safety and reduce the cost of recalls with unique device ID’s

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” »

Managing evidence and chain of custody with asset intelligence

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” »

Improving armoury and weapons management with auto-ID

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” »

Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]

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]” »

Improving spare parts management in complex asset operations [Part I]

When any complex asset is manufactured and enters operation, every part matters [think everything from small, low cost fasteners, bolts, adhesives, and aircraft components]. Assembly floor managers, service providers and suppliers already know that effective spare part management is essential for maintaining service levels, minimising unnecessary inventory costs and ultimately mission success.

However, the ever-increasing challenge of global track and trace regulations, such as those in the defence, aerospace and pharmaceuticals industries, means that those managing components must clearly demonstrate they have full visibility into their parts, inventory and supply chain processes at all times. In order to do this, they need each piece – no matter how small – to be individually identifiable. Continue reading “Improving spare parts management in complex asset operations [Part I]” »

Should you rip-out, re-write or re-invent your legacy enterprise asset management system?

Deloitte’s just released their annual technology predictions for 2016 which focuses on 8 trends likely to disrupt business over the next few years. Whilst much of the report concentrates on futuristic technologies, what is most interesting, is that this year, one trend was dedicated to the coal-face challenge of modernising and extending the value of legacy systems.

An example relevant for our clients is legacy enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s], computerised maintenance management systems [CMMS’s] and enterprise resource planning systems [ERP’s]. Whilst these systems have been essential for the financial and operational management of assets, they were never designed to provide the granularity of detail demanded by today’s complex global enterprises, or readily integrate with emerging asset tracking technologies, auto-ID [RFID, NFC, barcode, DPM etc.] and field mobility applications. Continue reading “Should you rip-out, re-write or re-invent your legacy enterprise asset management system?” »