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Inventory Management

Inventory Management is the management of inventory and stock. As an element of supply chain management, inventory management includes aspects such as controlling and overseeing ordering inventory, storage of inventory, and controlling the amount of product for sale.

The role of IIoT in inventory management boils down to turning the data fetched by RFID readers into meaningful insights about inventory items’ location, statuses, movements, etc., and giving users a corresponding output.

Moreover, inventory management solutions based on Industrial IoT can be integrated with other systems like an ERP  and share data with other enterprise’s departments.

 

 

 

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Modbus TCP to HTTP
Modbus TCP to HTTP
ABC Company’s site consists of multiple industrial motors, called drives, that are used to bend wire into hangers.  Currently they use a system called File Maker to manually input inventory and job details.  Information such as job started, stopped, maintenance required, wire required, and others are all manually written on log sheets before being inserted into the main File Maker database.  The current process is slow, not in real-time, and allows for mistakes to occur in the data entry.  There are also two site locations, and for the remote site the data needs to be sent to their main site for data logging.The company is currently updating all their drives which will allow them to have all the data points available as Modbus TCP data points.  We have been asked to help the customer integrate the Modbus TCP data automatically from the drives and send it directly to the File Maker system using HTTP requests in real time.NEEDS / REQUIREMENTSA custom Modbus TCP driver to get data from the drives and push various state data and inventory information to File MakerStable hardware and/or software to be installed on both the local and remote site to gather, store, and transmit the dataNeeds to be scalable and efficient
Remote Temperature Monitoring of Perishable Goods Saves Money
Remote Temperature Monitoring of Perishable Goods Saves Money
RMONI was facing temperature monitoring challenges in a cold chain business. A cold chain must be established and maintained to ensure goods have been properly refrigerated during every step of the process, making temperature monitoring a critical business function. Manual registration practice can be very costly, labor intensive and prone to mistakes.

Inventory Management Software Market size was estimated at over USD 2 billion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of over 6% from 2018 to 2024.

Source: Global Market Insights

What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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What are the benefits of an IoT-based approach on Inventory Management?

IoT-based inventory management lays a solid foundation for both process and business improvements. The benefits it offers include:

- Automation of inventory tracking and reporting: each item is tracked and the data about it is recorded to a big data warehouse automatically. 

- Constant visibility into the inventory items’ quantity, location, and movements

- Inventory optimization: with the real-time data about the quantity and the location of the inventory items, manufacturers can lower the amount of inventory on hand while meeting the needs of the customers at the end of the supply chain.

- Identifying bottlenecks in the operations: manufacturers can reveal bottlenecks in the manufacturing process and pinpoint machines with lower utilization rates.

- Lead time optimization: By providing inventory managers with the data about the amount of available inventory and machine learning-driven demand forecasts, solutions based on IIoT allow manufacturers to reduce lead times.

 

Which technologies are used in a system and what are the critical technology?
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What technology does Inventory Management use?

RFID

What are the main features components in RFID systems?

RFID systems feature three main components: RFID tags, RFID antennas and RFID readers.

- An RFID tag has an ID carrying the information about a specific object. It can be attached to any physical surface, including raw materials, finished goods, packages, crates, pallets, etc.

- An RFID antenna catches the waves from the reader to supply energy for tags’ operation and relays the radio signal from the tags to the readers.

- An RFID reader, which can be either fixed or handheld, uses radio waves to write to and read from the tags.

 

What data is obtained by the system and what are the critical data management decision points?
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How data is obtained in the system?

In an inventory management solution based on Industrial IoT and RFID, any individual inventory item that is to be tracked receives an RFID tag. Each tag has a unique identification number (ID) that contains encoded digital data about an inventory item, e.g. a model, a batch number, etc. Tags are scanned by RFID readers. Upon scanning, a reader extracts tags’ IDs and transmits them to the cloud for processing.

 

What business, integration, or regulatory challenges could impact deployment?
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What are the challenges and limitations?

The use of RFID technologies can be limited by the following factors:

- Since RFID tags can be attached to the items that are still in progress, manufacturers have to ensure that the tags do not influence the manufacturing process.

- Although RFID readers can scan through most of the non-metallic materials, they still may have troubles scanning through liquid and metal.

- The price of RFID readers can go to as much as $3,000 to $20,000 per item, installation and configuration included. Therefore, the cost of the products should be high enough for the tags and readers to pay off.

 

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