The abilities of location technologies have grown rapidly over the past decade. These technologies have had an immense impact on the way modern businesses operate. This past campaign, we broke down some of the main ways location technologies are impacting manufacturing and logistics operations. In this blog, we’re giving you a recap of the topics we covered.


 

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How Location Technologies Benefit Modern Business

Understanding the advantages of location technologies for businesses equips you to properly use those technologies. These technologies enable real-time tracking, improve operational efficiency, optimize supply chain management, enhance customer experience, and enable data-driven decision-making. Location technologies in various sectors, such as logistics and manufacturing, showcase their potential to drive innovation and boost business growth.

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3 Reasons You Should Track Your Dwell Time

Tracking dwell time is essential for manufacturing operations. Dwell time analytics can provide valuable insights into customer behavior, help optimize store layouts and product placement, and enhance overall customer experience. By tracking dwell time, businesses can make data-driven decisions to improve operations, increase sales, and foster customer loyalty, ultimately driving business success.

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Why Telematics Isn't Enough

Telematics alone may not be sufficient for logistics companies seeking comprehensive visibility and optimization of their operations. Telematics systems have limitations, specifically when it comes to trailer tracking and data collection. Integrating telematics with other technologies, such as real-time location systems (RTLS) and IoT sensors, helps to gain deeper insights with asset tracking, inventory management, and overall supply chain efficiency. By combining telematics with complementary technologies, businesses can achieve enhanced visibility, improved decision-making, and increased operational effectiveness.

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Passive RFID vs. Active RFID: Which is Best for WIP Tracking?

RFID technology is a popular choice for manufacturers looking to improve WIP tracking. There are two types of RFID, though: passive and active. Each technology has its own features, benefits, and drawbacks. Passive RFID is most suitable for applications where cost-effectiveness and simplicity are prioritized, while active RFID offers real-time tracking capabilities and extended range for more complex operations and use cases. Evaluate how range requirements, power source, and data collection needs differ between the two to uncover which is better equipped to help manufacturers make informed decisions for efficient WIP tracking.

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How Fleet Tracking Can Boost Profits and Productivity

Fleet tracking is improving profitability and productivity for logistics operations. These technologies enable real-time monitoring of vehicle location, optimize driving routes, and provide driver behavior analysis. By leveraging these capabilities, companies can enhance fuel efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and optimize fleet utilization. The main goals of fleet tracking are improving customer service, streamlining operations, and making data-driven decisions. In this blog, we showcase how implementing fleet tracking systems can lead to increased profitability and improved overall productivity.

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3 Reasons You Should Track Your Calibrated Tools

Tracking calibrated tools is an important part of manufacturing processes, especially since maintaining accurate measurements is key to complying with regulatory standards. Tracking calibrated tools helps businesses ensure quality control, prevent costly errors, and minimize risk. Tracking tools can streamline maintenance schedules, provide visibility into tool availability, and improve overall efficiency. By implementing a calibrated tool tracking system, manufacturers can enhance productivity, maintain precision, and uphold industry compliance standards.

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How Supply Chain Visibility is Solving Problems

The visibility provided by real-time tracking and monitoring improves operational efficiency, reduces costs, and enhances customer satisfaction. Supply chain visibility is key to addressing issues like delays, stockouts, and inefficiencies. Technologies like GPS, cellular, and WiFi sniffing enable end-to-end visibility, accurate forecasting, and data-driven decision-making, ultimately leading to streamlined supply chain processes and improved business outcomes.

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4 Ways to Increase Your Equipment's Value with Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is bringing manufacturing operations to the next level, and it’s also helping businesses make the most of their equipment. Real-time data collection and analysis can optimize equipment performance, improve reactive maintenance practices, increase productivity, and enable predictive maintenance. By embracing smart manufacturing principles, businesses can maximize the value and efficiency of their equipment, which leads to improved operations and reduced downtime.

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The Best Way to Address Supply Chain Management Challenges

Managing a supply chain requires full awareness of your processes and all the moving parts they entail. Real-time visibility and data-driven insights can be leveraged to overcome common supply chain hurdles such as delays, lack of transparency, and cold chain disruptions. By adopting a proactive and technology-driven approach, businesses can address supply chain challenges and drive sustainable growth.

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The Top 5 Problems Facing Manufacturing Industries

From inefficient processes and equipment downtime to supply chain disruptions and workforce management, every manufacturer faces operational challenges. These problems have become the norm for many companies, but they don’t have to be. Investing in asset tracking technology can help manufacturers solve these problems so they can operate at a higher efficiency. 

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The History of IoT in Supply Chains

IoT technology has been used by companies to advance their supply chains for decades. Since its first introduction, IoT has provided increasing levels of visibility of supply chain operations and allowed companies to mitigate risks; it also provides valuable data insights managers can use to make important decisions. Explore how modern supply chain IoT developed and where it’s going next.

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How Technology is Changing Waste Management

Properly managing waste can greatly improve your manufacturing operations. Tracking waste with an IoT solution helps to improve sustainability initiatives and optimizes raw material usage; it also gives you insight into waste levels so that you can make adjustments upon noticing spikes. Discover how technology enables improved waste tracking for an improved manufacturing process.

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One Solution: Indoor and Outdoor Asset Tracking

Supply chain operations span from raw materials through production and finally to delivery. Having visibility at every stage of the supply chain is a crucial factor to ensuring that the end product is high quality and ends up at the right location. Our asset tracking solution can help, seamlessly tracking your assets indoors and outdoors so you know where it is from the moment production starts until it’s delivered. 

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How Technology is Changing Equipment Tracking

IoT technology has changed almost every industry in various ways. Recently, we’ve seen a huge impact on manufacturing operations. Within this sphere, technology is being used to track equipment in order to improve production outputs and increase customer satisfaction. Tracking equipment is even able to help companies cut unnecessary costs and optimize equipment lifespan. 

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Logistic Tracking System: Expectations vs. Reality

Often, when people think about using logistics tracking technology, they have some false expectations about what the technology does, leading them to forgo implementation. But what these companies fail to consider is the various benefits logistics tracking systems provide, as well as just how misleading their misconceptions are. The truth about logistics tracking systems is much better than you’d expect.

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Why Barcode Asset Tracking Doesn't Solve Your Manufacturing Problems

Barcode scanners have been the popular choice for manufacturers looking to track their assets for decades. But as technology has continued to evolve, manufacturers have begun to question if barcodes are the best option for asset tracking. While barcodes are useful for basic identification and tracking, they have limitations when it comes to addressing complex manufacturing challenges that require true real-time visibility. RTLS technology provides a compelling alternative that effectively solves manufacturing problems and achieves higher efficiency and productivity.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cold Chain Logistics

A properly managed cold chain is incredibly important to have. One of the best ways to ensure a compliant cold supply chain is by monitoring the temperature of products at a pallet level. Knowing the temperature at this level helps you to make real time decisions if the temperature changes. Discover all there is to know about cold chain logistics and maintaining compliance with temperature monitoring.

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Why Demand for IoT Asset Tracking is Increasing

When IoT technology was first introduced, it caused a lot of hesitancy among companies to adopt it. Since the technology was so new, these companies were uneducated about how IoT worked and what it could do, which allowed their concerns and misconceptions to prevent them from investing. Now that IoT has been around for years, companies are gaining greater understanding and rapidly adopting this technology. 

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Preparing for the Worst: The Importance of Asset Tracking in Emergency Response Planning

It’s important to plan for emergency situations. Without proper planning, these operations can experience setbacks that are not only inconvenient, but that can actually put lives on the line. As part of the planning process, emergency response strategies should include asset tracking for critical emergency assets. The tracking of these assets ensures they arrive at the right location in time to help with the emergency situation.

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6 Surprising Stats About Tool Tracking

Tool tracking is an important part of manufacturing operations. Tracking tools leads to increased efficiency and reduced costs. But many companies have a lot of questions surrounding tool tracking that they want answered before they decide to invest. Fortunately, a lot of those questions can be answered with simple statistics. 

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GPS Tags: What No One is Talking About

GPS is one of the most well-known technologies used to determine location. Most people are familiar with using GPS while driving, but few know how it can be used to track location on valuable assets. Break down the aspects of these GPS asset tracking tags to improve your understanding and bring greater value to your logistics operations.

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5 Ways to Completely Revamp Your WIP Tracking Plan

Having an effective WIP tracking plan is essential for optimizing your manufacturing operations, which leads to less bottlenecks and increased production. But many companies don’t know where to start in creating a plan, only knowing that they need one. One of the best ways to ensure the effectiveness of your WIP plan is by supporting it with digital solutions that can help you revamp the entire process for the better.

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4 Signs You Need an Asset Tracker for Your Trailer

Most logistics operators know they face operational issues but aren’t always sure how to solve these problems. They see signs that something is wrong but have a hard time identifying the underlying reasons and potential solutions. Oftentimes, the underlying problem is a lack of trailer visibility and the solution is asset tracking for trailers.

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3 Steps to Improve Heavy Equipment Management

Without effectively managing heavy equipment, construction operations can be delayed. In the cases of loss or theft, companies face high replacement costs. To avoid these negative effects from a lack of equipment management, managers can use location technology to gain complete visibility of their equipment, no matter where it is or where it goes. 

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Does AirTag Solve Your Current Supply Chain Issues?

The Apple AirTag has drawn a great deal of attention to the importance of supply chain management. AirTags are used by consumers to successfully track their personal items, so many companies believe they can use the same solution to help them track their logistics assets. Unfortunately, AirTags are largely ineffective in commercial contexts due to a lack of scalability.

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The Best Way to Improve Raw Materials Management

Raw materials are needed for the finished inventory to be created, so it makes sense that how well managed raw materials are often determines the outcome of manufacturing ventures. While traditional inventory management processes provide a potential solution, they often fall short of modern IoT asset tracking solutions. 

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Wrapping it Up

Location technologies have greatly impacted the operations of companies in nearly every industry. The visibility asset tracking technology provides to companies helps them to manage their operations in a way that allows them to be more efficient, reduce loss, and cut costs. Book a demo to learn more about location technologies and the benefits they can provide your company.

Recap: How Location Technologies Benefit Modern Business

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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