Work in Process (WIP)

WIP refers to inventory that has entered the manufacturing process but is not yet a finished product. Juggling all the moving pieces can pose challenges, such as maintaining the right balance inventory, identifying sources of inventory loss or damage, and forecasting product completion.

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How can AirFinder Help with WIP?

Oftentimes large manufacturers need to locate items for partially completed tasks or goods. 99% of a vehicle or rail car could be sitting at the end of the production line and yet have one missing part holding it back. RTLS tags can help employees locate items to finish production quickly and efficiently.

AirFinder OnSite is used to track WIP products by attaching a puck tag to each set of parts as they make their way through the manufacturing plant. Splitting a facility into several zones allows plant managers to request detailed reports. These reports range from location to length of time in each zone. This data not only helps locate missing parts but also identifies bottlenecks.

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Importance of Enabling a RTLS for WIP Tracking

Manufacturers have used various tracking methods for WIP. These tools range from spreadsheets and dedicated software, to barcodes, RFID, and RTLS. The purpose of these tools is to deliver the following benefits.

  • Reason 1

    Cutting down time spent on reporting
  • Reason 2

    Identifying bottlenecks and choke points
  • Reason 3

    Gathering fresh data on production cycles and schedules
  • Reason 4

    Preventing unplanned downtime
Reason 1

Cutting down time spent on reporting

Reason 2

Identifying bottlenecks and choke points

Reason 3

Gathering fresh data on production cycles and schedules

Reason 4

Preventing unplanned downtime

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How Can a RTLS Help Your Industry?

Many industries can benefit from WIP tracking. Here’s how the AirFinder OnSite RTLS solution can go to work for you!

  • Supply Chain

    Track items throughout production to a final destination for greater supply chain transparency
  • Warehousing

    Locating materials throughout a warehouse can be easy with a Real Time Location System (RTLS)
  • Logistics

    Improve the flow of assets by knowing where your materials are at all times
Supply Chain

Track items throughout production to a final destination for greater supply chain transparency

Warehousing

Locating materials throughout a warehouse can be easy with a Real Time Location System (RTLS)

Logistics

Improve the flow of assets by knowing where your materials are at all times

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