Rugged Mobile Devices v. Consumer Electronics


Recently, PC world released an article describing an in house iPad stress test they conducted. This inspired me to write this post on the importance of researching IP Ratings and Drop Tests in relation to enterprise mobility solutions such as tablet computing. For the majority of our customers in the manufacturing, fabrication, construction, field service and logistics [...]

4 Ways to Drive Profitability with IT Asset Tracking Software


Meet Your Capital and Expense Goals with Uncanny Precision In the current economic climate, companies must find ways to reduce operating costs in order to improve overall profitability. Strategies and methods used to accomplish this rang from work-force reductions, corporate restructuring, reduced spending, processes automation and so on… Following the events of 2008, businesses have [...]

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 [...]

Do SMBs Really Need Equipment Tracking Software?


A company’s assets include any capital investments such as heavy equipment, tools, vehicles and inventory. If information regarding these assets is inaccurate or out of date, they could unexpectedly be out of service or missing, leading to excess waste, reduced productivity and increased replacement expenses. Effective asset tracking software establishes chain-of-custody and accountability as well [...]

RFID Asset Tracking vs. Barcode Asset Tracking: 3 Things to Consider


Regardless of the environment, asset management begins with uniquely identifying each asset. This concept is easy to understand but is often challenging to execute. So why would you select an RFID tag rather than a linear or 2D barcode? Especially when considering that RFID can be much more complex, the tags are more expensive. Likewise, RFID [...]

Ten Questions to Guide You in Shopping for Asset Tracking Software


If you are researching different asset tracking software solutions, asking the following questions could help you determine your requirements and evaluate which asset tracking software is the best fit for your company. 1. Why do you want to track your assets? Is it to improve SOX compliance, get better inventory control, improve tax rebates, reduce [...]

Top Four Reasons Businesses Implement Fixed Asset Tracking Software


Large businesses and government agencies are required to track their fixed assets on a regular basis. This would include everything from computers to desks to vehicles – any item that is reported on financial statements and depreciated. 1. SOX Compliance Sarbanes-Oxley requires public companies to actually list or prove all fixed and capital assets on [...]

Who Makes the Best Asset Tracking Software


In its simplest form, asset tracking software is no more than a mere transactional database which stores all your asset data and meta-data such as location. By that definition, almost anything can function as asset tracking software. Keep this in mind when shopping around. Many software providers will lure you in with glittery graphical user interfaces [...]

Now SMBs Can Get Lean with Barcode Software


Lean Manufacturing can be described as the art of doing more with less through the reduction of waste. A simpler description is “organized common sense”. The objective is to specify the value you add, identify the value stream, make products flow at the rate of customer demand, and constantly strive to improve. Unfortunately, for many [...]

What is the GS-1 Food Traceability Initiative?


The first question to answer is “what or who is GS-1?” GS-1 is a not-for-profit member organization whose mission is to design and implement global standards for the world-wide supply chain. GS-1 is not a government agency, but an independent organization that includes members from manufacturing, retail and wholesale companies. Its initiatives include standardization in [...]