Mobile Asset Tracking Best Practices

The Challenges of Tracking Mobile Equipment

When hundreds of assets are spread across acres, searching for equipment and trying to determine its status consumes massive amounts of manpower. Doing so manually is not just difficult; it’s challenging, and nearly impossible to do it effectively. Workers are sent on unproductive missions to locate specific equipment to determine its status, taking them away from their primary responsibilities – increasing asset downtime and operational costs.

Lack of centralized data about equipment, such as historical information, forces managers to make decisions on capital investments with only partial information. All of this takes away from team productivity and mission effectiveness. Yet, innovative technology now makes it possible to automate tracking of flight-line equipment

Real-Time Equipment Management

There are Equipment Tracking Solutions available that range from inexpensive single-user programs to enterprise solutions using imbedded GPS and RFID technology. For example, Zebra Enterprise Solutions, a division of Zebra Technologies, provides Real-time Asset Visibility and Management Solutions using Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS).

Using RTLS technology gives specialized teams complete visibility of the physical location and current status of equipment. Radio frequency technology all but eliminates the need for onsite checking. Instead, you can view the location and status of an asset on screen.

For companies who want a lower cost solution, the CheckMate Equipment Tracking Software from Dynamic Systems Inc. is an easy-to-use system that uses barcode technology to check equipment in and out of a centralized location. The equipment is checked out to an employee, truck or job. The system tracks how long it’s been checked out, when it’s due back and keeps track of maintenance requirements and history.

Return on Investment Opportunities: The Benefits of Tracking Mobile Assets

Reduce Cycle Time

  • Reduced hours searching for equipment
  • Reduced delays due to unavailable equipment
  • Faster response to user requests

Mitigate Risk

  • Audit trail to support insurance claims
  • Manage OSHA compliance for all tools and equipment

Lower Overhead

  • Fewer missing items
  • Reduced theft
  • Reduced capital costs by investing only when necessary
  • Fully calibrated and functional equipment

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