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Fujitsu to provide GlobeRanger manufacturing IoT solution to Baker Hill Industries ••• ABI Research reports growth of BLE beacon shipments in IoT, RTLS, personal/asset tracking ••• HID Global announces new all-purpose RAIN UHF RFID tags ••• SML adds support for iOS, Android, Windows 10 mobile devices to RFID app platform ••• NFC Ring unveils payment ring with Infineon contactless security chip.
By Beth Bacheldor
Aug 25, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Fujitsu, GlobeRanger; ABI Research; HID Global; SML; and NFC Ring.

Fujitsu to Provide GlobeRanger Manufacturing IoT Solution to Baker Hill Industries

Baker Hill Industries, a supplier of precision machined components to the aerospace, defense, medical and commercial industries, will soon deploy an RFID-based solution from GlobeRanger, a Fujitsu company. According to GlobeRanger, Baker Hill Industries will use the solution to track the manufacturing of steel components, and will also give the manufacturer greater visibility into its supply chain and production processes, as well as provide it with real-time information to help it improve business decision-making.

Baker Hill Industries is implementing GlobeRanger's Internet of Things platform to add IoT capabilities to its end-to-end manufacturing process—from initial ordering through to the shipping of finished components. It includes a Fujitsu workflow planning and tracking system so the manufacturer can pinpoint the exact locations of all components at any given moment as they progress through its manufacturing facility.

The IoT insights can be shared with customers and suppliers to more effectively manage inventory and plan future orders, GlobeRanger says. Since Baker Hill is manufacturing high-precision components for highly complex products, such as jet and rocket engines, the company wants to extend the availability of real-time tracking information to its customers, who typically require the on-time delivery of parts as they coordinate orders from multiple suppliers.

The new system is replacing manual tracking processes that have not kept pace with the manufacturer's growth in the number of parts it processes. Baker Hill's objective, GlobeRanger reports, is to eliminate human error by deploying an automated system. The GlobeRanger iMotion platform draws data from a wide range of sources throughout the production process, the company indicates, to provide new insights into customer operations, thereby enabling improved short-, medium- and long-term planning based on more reliable data.

According to Mark Brown, GlobeRanger's director of business development, Baker Hill Industries will use passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags, and plans to have the system up and running by the end of next month. Each production station at its facility in Coral Springs, Fla., will feature a visual display showing its performance status, with red, yellow and green lights that illustrate whether or not an operation is performing to expectations. This means that any issues can be identified immediately and a remedy can be found rapidly, Brown explains, without affecting completion times.

"We typically have multiple status calls with customers every week. By giving them access to the same tracking information that we use, they will have up-to-the-minute information about the progression of their products through the manufacturing process," said Matthew Ricci, Baker Hill Industries' president, in a prepared statement. "As we send some parts for processing externally, we'll be able to track them with our suppliers too. We will be able to monitor the lead times and compare them against what was quoted. This will assist us in refining our own timelines as agreed with our customers."

GlobeRanger's IoT solutions are available directly from Fujitsu in the Americas, Oceania, and the Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) regions. Pricing varies according to configuration.

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