Manufacturing companies have started realizing the benefits of an asset tracking system; that’s why many have begun searching for the perfect asset tracking and monitoring solution. With the release of the Apple AirTag, some manufacturing companies are exploring how this could fit into daily operations to improve workplace processes such as Work in Process (WIP) tracking, operational efficiency, equipment tracking, and more.

Why Do Manufacturers Need Asset Tracking?

With the rise of new innovative technology, manufacturing companies need solutions to simplify and automate their existing processes. The most popular way to do this is by implementing an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution known as asset tracking. Asset tracking systems can benefit manufacturers in several ways; including, improving productivity, increasing visibility, and providing real-time analytics to take measurable action. Asset tracking solutions track and monitor tools and equipment as they move throughout the production process, as well as the materials that assist in production. Asset tracking systems can reduce the cost of replacing lost items and prevent theft.

AirTag’s Role in Asset Tracking

AirTag was created with consumers in mind, not businesses. AirTags uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to locate the tags. Using AirTags requires you to have an iPhone with the “Find My” app to view the location. Once the user connects the AirTag to their app, the app can provide the approximate location up to 12 feet away.

Is AirTag the best solution for enterprises?

AirFinder’s Role in Asset Tracking

AirFinder OnSite is an end-to-end solution that provides the location of your valuable assets in real-time with up to meter-level accuracy and battery life of up to 5-7 years. Once receiving the system, it’s simple to attach the tags to the assets of your choice and connect the tags to the AirFinder network. From there, you can watch the tags move around. You can even set up geofences to indicate work zones and receive alerts to notify you when tags are moving in and out of those zones. 

Which is the Better Choice For Manufacturers?

Manufacturing companies need a complete solution that won’t break the bank and will provide them with accurate location information all the time. AirTag can’t be this solution. They were created with consumers in mind to help them keep track of their wallets and keys. They can only track locations up to 12 feet away if there is a clear path from them to the tag. Without a clear path, the tag will not be as accurate as a solution made for asset tracking at a commercial scale.

AirFinder was created with businesses in mind. It was created knowing manufacturing plants are larger than 12 feet by 12 feet and that there isn’t always a clear path from you to the tag you’re looking for. AirFinder is an affordable solution with tags costing $8-$15 per tag compared to AirTag costing $25-$29 per tag. AirFinder is a complete solution including the tags, location beacons, and software; meanwhile, using AirTag would require you to buy the tags individually and iPhones to use to see the location.

Want to Learn More About AirFinder?

AirFinder is the better choice for manufacturers looking to implement an asset tracking system. Between the long-lasting battery life, location accuracy, and affordable cost, it’s a no-brainer to choose a system created with the intention of helping manufacturing companies. Reach out to our team of experts to find out additional benefits AirFinder offers and how it can help your company save time and money.

Written by Emily Saldivar

Emily Saldivar is a Marketing Specialist for Link Labs and has been with the company since 2020. She has a background in content writing and is furthering the Link Labs mission through social media and other platforms.

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