As workers in various industries go about their day, they use many different tools and equipment to help complete daily processes. As tools and equipment help workers complete daily tasks quicker, it’s important to have accountability for them at any given moment.

Industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics have implemented a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) to help them with equipment and tool tracking. Examples can range from crash kits in a hospital to tractor-trailers on a construction site. Why should your company consider using an asset tracking system?

Equipment and tool tracking is a valuable part of any workplace to ensure operations continue to run smoothly.  RTLS solutions can help.

Why Use an RTLS?

Using an RTLS can give your company real-time visibility over the location and condition of your tools and equipment. Since many machines require calibrating and check-ups at least once a year, keeping track of them using an RTLS would save you time and money. An asset tracking system like Link Labs’ AirFinder has helped many companies handle their tools by providing real-time visibility. Here are some use cases to consider when using an RTLS to track your tools.

  • Tool and equipment usage monitoring: The most basic use case for asset tracking systems is location and condition information. The asset tags attached to the equipment can help users visualize where an item is located and how long it has been in use.
  • Process optimization: Knowing the location of tools on a worksite can save valuable time. Instead of spending time and manpower locating a particular asset, an RTLS solution can send that information to the cloud when prompted. 
  • Theft monitoring and prevention: Because some RTLS solutions come with geofencing capabilities, the asset tags attached to equipment can send alerts when a piece of equipment leaves a designated area via an easy-to-use interface.

RTLS solutions provide a wide range of capabilities to ensure seamless equipment tracking. Now, let's take a look at what exactly you can track using an RTLS.

 

What Can I Track Using an RTLS?

Whether on a worksite or a factory, the sheer number of moving parts is easier to handle by implementing an asset tracking system. So what exactly can your company track with an RTLS?

Manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry, anything from tool racks to pallets is trackable. Some tools need calibration regularly. An asset tracking system can send alerts as reminders to managers.

Logistics

Asset tracking tags can be attached to moving loads such as pallets or trailers. Knowing exactly where your materials are located can add value to the service you provide to your customers.

Healthcare

The healthcare industry uses x-ray machines, heart monitors, and other devices/tools to provide healthcare daily. Knowing the location of capital assets can increase efficiency in caregiving by reducing time spent looking for tools.

Transportation

Adding increased visibility to the tools used in a large area such as an airport can assist employees in giving the best service. Tracking shipments by air or railway is another benefit of tool tracking.

Wrapping it Up

As your company continues to use valuable tools and equipment, why not look into Link Labs’ AirFinder solution to keep track of them? For more information, book a demo today!

Written by Bob Proctor

Dr. Robert Proctor joined Link Labs as CEO in April 2016. He was a founding investor and advisor to the company from the beginning. Prior to Link Labs, Bob was the Co-Founder of Blu Venture Investors and CEO, Board Director and Investor of FlexEl, LLC. He is the Co-founder, Board Chairman, and Investor of Wiser Together, Inc. and Phase 5 Group, Inc. Bob served as Global Head of Marketing reporting to Chairman and CEO of Corporate Executive Board. He has decades of Senior Executive experience in public companies, including line, staff, and IPO leadership positions. Bob led teams that won corporate-wide awards for Best Business Breakthrough, Managerial Excellence, and Spirit of Generosity. Bob also served as an associate Principal McKinsey & Company, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University.

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