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Track and Trace for Industrial Tools

Track and trace for industrial tools refers to systems capable of recognizing and reporting the location and status of tools in a facility. Today's production of industrial and consumer goods requires exacting work. Precise application of pressure or torque is required in many industries and operator errors can cause costly defects. Track and trace technology can improve production safety, quality, and productivity.


Asset tracking is currently done via barcode and a variety of manual steps in most cases. However, new solutions leveraging smart tags, near-field communication (NFC), and RFID are coming to market to globally track all varieties of objects in real time.

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DeviceLynk Delivers Customized IIoT Solution
DeviceLynk Delivers Customized IIoT Solution
Previously to working with ThingWorx, DeviceLynk built an IIoT platform but found it lacked scalability. They needed something to capture and handle data from an unlimited amount of devices and customers.

Global market size for asset & inventory real-time tracking in 2014: USD 800 million.
(Source: IndustryARC)

Global market size for RFID tracking in 2017: USD 950 million.
(Source: Frost & Sullivan)

Business Value
How does this use case impact an organization’s performance?

Tools are continuously monitored for location, use and idle time. Data for every tool is provided to the monitoring software, which monitors for optimal use of the tools to avoid accidents and improve precision.


This greatly enhances asset utilization and production quality, reduces maintenance costs and ensures operational safety.

Deployment Environment
Where is the ’edge’ of the solution deployed?

Track and trace for industrial tools is usually deployed within the tools themselves. A real-time connection for monitoring is upheld with operations management, and shared with operations on a tool-by-tool basis.

What sensors are typically used to provide data into the IoT system, and which factors define their deployment?

Bar Code Scanners

Position Trackers, Infrared Sensors

Vibration, Torque and Heat Sensors

Occupancy Sensors

Energy Consumption Trackers


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