Case study: Maritime inspection rounds and watch-keeping events

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” »

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]” »

We’re a finalist in 2015 MAL Industry Innovation Awards!

We were very excited to learn that our assetDNA technology solution has been named a finalist in the Pacific 2015 Maritime Australia Limited [MAL] Industry Innovation Awards.

Our finalist placing was based on an asset intelligence technology-based project we undertook for the Royal Australian Navy’s [RAN] new Landing Helicopter Dock’s [LHD], where our asset intelligence solution – assetDNA – is providing a new automated means of capturing real-time operational data from asset inspection rounds and watch-keeping programs.

So here’s a quick run-down of the project! Continue reading “We’re a finalist in 2015 MAL Industry Innovation Awards!” »

Serious asset data integrity issues plague US Department of Defense

A new audit report on the U.S. Department of Defense [DoD] has called for urgent action to improve the tracking and accountability of more than 747,000 in weapons and equipment [approx. value US$626 million] supplied to Afghan National Security Forces [ANSF] since 2004, sparking fears they could end up in the wrong hands. This comes on the back of another report in March 2014 which found that the US Army did not have effective procedures for managing equipment [which included weapons, weapons systems, and other sensitive equipment] held in yards in Afghanistan awaiting repatriation back to the US. Continue reading “Serious asset data integrity issues plague US Department of Defense” »

The barcode turns 40!

40 years ago, on the 26th of June, 1974, a packet of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum was the first item scanned using a Universal Product Code [UPC] and a handmade laser scanner at a store in Ohio, United States. It’s a fascinating story that began as far back as the 1940’s, and its application in our world, and evolution into different forms, shows no sign of slowing down today. Continue reading “The barcode turns 40!” »

Recap: RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 & RFID World Asia 2014

Part I in a series recapping what we learnt at RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 & RFID World Asia 2014 from Paul Bennett, Relegen’s Managing Director Continue reading “Recap: RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 & RFID World Asia 2014” »

Barcodes vs. RFID

Part II of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best suited applications

In our last post, we kicked off a series about asset ID tags with a look at asset identification using barcoding. Today we pick up where we left off with an introduction to RFID and how the technology compares and contrasts with barcoding. RFIDs and barcodes are similar in that they are both data collection technologies which automate the process of collecting field data. Both forms of auto-ID have their pros and cons for asset tracking, asset management and asset lifecycle management, and either one may be better suited for your specific project. Continue reading “Barcodes vs. RFID” »

Which barcode is best?

Part I of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best-suited applications

When we receive inquiries about assetDNA, often the first line of questioning dives straight into asset tags – or assetDNA ID’s as we like to call them. So we’d like to kick-off a series of posts outlining some of the differences between barcodes, HF, and UHF RFIDs and their best-suited applications. Today we’ll start with a look at barcodes and why they can still be the most appropriate application for many projects, despite all the hype around RFID. Continue reading “Which barcode is best?” »