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Venture Research intros RFID-based tool-management system ••• A2B Tracking earns Zebra validation with rugged smartphone ••• BW Bielomatik unveils chip-bonding concept for RFID tag production ••• Research Cosmos predicts RFID tag market to reach $13.65 billion by 2024 ••• Machinemetrics, Robert E. Morris Co. partner for smart manufacturing.
By Rich Handley
Apr 19, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Venture Research; A2B Tracking, Zebra Technologies; BW Bielomatik; Research Cosmos; Machinemetrics, and Robert E. Morris Co..

Venture Research Intros RFID-based Tool-Management System

Venture Research, a global supplier of RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has announced the availability of Surface Trak, a work surface tool-management system for tracking tool and equipment movement, usage and location. The Surface Trak system monitors tools where work is performed, instead of employees having to move tools to a storage location.

Standard tool-tracking systems tend to utilize RFID- or bar-code-enabled tool cribs that require check-in and checkout procedures. Once a tool is checked out, supervisors can no longer track where the tools are located. At larger manufacturing facilities, the company reports, a typical tool user can spend up to 30 minutes in the morning checking out tools and moving them to a work area. At the end of the day, they then spend another 30 minutes checking their tools back in. This can create a substantial productivity loss, simply for administering tools.

The ability to leave the tools in the work area not only improves efficiency, but provides valuable information to assist in calibration, expiration and tool usage for compliance. Overall profitability is increased, the company reports, due to improved personnel accountability, higher productivity and reduced tool loss.

"Our revolutionary tool tracking system builds on 20 years of experience helping companies of all sizes improve productivity by ensuring the right asset is in the right place when it is needed," said John Baker, Venture Research's president, in a prepared statement. "By incorporating the leading edge of RFID and IoT technology, Surface Trak delivers a robust user experience with improved monitoring, notification and visibility into tool tracking usage using a work surface interface."

The Surface Trak system includes both hardware and software for a fully automated, Web-based solution, is available in either a client-hosted or cloud environment, and is scalable for multi-location deployments. Extensive reporting provides tool utilization for MRO compliance. Venture Research showcased the Surface Trak system at last week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2018 conference and exhibition.

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