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Aerospace Manufacturer Reduces Waste via RFID-based Material Asset Tracker

Plataine says its solution can optimize production in a variety of industries, including furniture and apparel.
By Samuel Shaw

Plataine's TPO/MAT customer is using Elpas' Eiris middleware to integrate with Impinj Speedway readers with passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags made with Impinj's Monza chip. The firm also recommends active Elpas tags. The software, however, can operate with any active or passive tag, depending on a customer's particular needs.

The Total Production Optimization suite is provided on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. This arrangement, Diga claims, reduces up-front costs and delivers a positive return on investment within months. The software integrates data culled from a number of sources, including sensors for measuring such things as temperatures. This allows users to track location, temperature, and time elapsed during various stages of production. The TPO suite processes this data in real time to optimize the manufacturing process. Users can set thresholds—for materials left out of the freezer for a specified span of time, assets out of position, or production bottlenecks—and receive e-mail or mobile alerts.

The TPO software bridges the gap between customers' enterprise resource planning, material requirements planning, and manufacturing execution systems. Plataine describes its approach to the manufacturing process as holistic. In practice, Diga reports, this means that the software takes into account a customer's order, date of delivery, parts on hand and material inventory. Customers are drawn to the system, she says, because "[they] are struggling with the siloed nature of their [manufacturing] systems, operated by different people, sometimes in different locations… creating inflexible and inefficient production plans."

Efficient production can make the difference between enterprise growth and bankruptcy, Diga notes. Plataine's product aims to reduce costs, improve quality control and increase competitiveness for its customers.

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