Tracking Infrastructure

Following FHWA for DOT Innovations

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 24, 2019 4:30:06 PM


When I was taking driving lessons at school (way back when!), my teacher gave me some great advice: Don't just observe what the car in front of you is doing; watch the car in front of him. The same wisdom applies in business. Watch what your customer's customer wants in order to be able to anticipate and respond nimbly. We do this at Idencia and like to offer our observations as part of the service we provide. The Federal Highway Administration's Center for Accelerating Innovation(1) provides a great tool for tracking state DOT innovations across the country. Here are some of the most intriguing.

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Topics: Market Insights, Infrastructure News

Manufacturing Ecosystem or Lone Wolf?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 5, 2019 1:10:02 PM


It is the new year, a time that we all take stock about what has been and think about the future.  As we gave pause and reflected, a very clear (and, in hindsight, obvious) picture emerged: Before we know it, the manufacturing environment will experience the same relational shifts that we've seen with consumers since the early 2000s. (In this age of consumer technology, consumer adaptations always precede business adoption.) Here is what this means.


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Topics: Productivity, Market Insights, Connected Concrete

AJ Foss' Technology Transformation

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 20, 2018 10:12:10 AM


One of the most enjoyable elements of our work is that we get to visit precast plants. It is always enlightening to talk to the principals about how they manage their businesses and learn what they do to continually improve. Most often we hear about time- and cost-saving practices being applied to help their companies make more money in very tight bidding environments. Last week I traveled to AJ Foss (Farmington, NH), a very innovative, family-run company with a story of a slightly different twist.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Market Insights, Productivity

What is GS1 Product Tracking?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 15, 2018 12:08:53 PM


GS1 is one of the most important underpinnings of commerce that you've likely never heard of. Over 5 billion scans are performed each day using GS1 standards for product tracking. GS1 is an international standards board with over 1 million members in 100 countries. We benefit from its impact with almost every product we purchase. And yet, it seems to work 'under the radar' for most of us. It's influence is now quickly moving into infrastructure product manufacture so we thought we would shed some light.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Infrastructure News, Smart Infrastructure

Learning RFID Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 8, 2018 12:27:13 PM


We don't usually promote our products or services in the lede of our blog posts, but we are so excited about our new Idencia 101 program that today is the exception. On January 7, 2019, the first group of precasters will start this guided, self-managed program that will leave them skilled in implementing their plants with RFID tracking. They will be heroes for saving money by reducing paper, enhancing inventory management and expediting shipping documentation!

We've received some great questions about the program so we thought we would address them in this post.

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Topics: Productivity, Idencia Tips, Connected Concrete

5 RFID Implementation Tips

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 1, 2018 3:42:54 PM


Sometimes the notion of implementing an RFID tracking system can seem more difficult than it really is. Naturally, anything new and different looms much larger in the mind than in practice. Transitioning from paper to digital records is no exception. We've drawn on our collective experience in helping customers implement the Idencia concrete tracking system to offer tips gleaned from best practices we have seen and encouraged.

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Topics: Idencia Tips, Connected Concrete, Productivity, Market Insights

Why 'Reality Capture' Will Change Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 23, 2018 4:41:08 PM


If you are not familiar with the term 'reality capture' you are probably not alone. Now is a good time to become so, however, because this will be the core of 'smart infrastructure'. You are probably thinking: "Sure, some day, maybe."                  (Graphic courtesy of National Geospacial Advisory Committee)

Our guess is that precast manufacturers will need to offer some form of reality capture with every infrastructure product they sell in 5 years or less.  

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Productivity, Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

Popular Applications of Precast Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 17, 2018 3:23:12 PM


We really enjoy learning how our customers make best use of concrete product tracking for their plants. Since the practice is relatively new, by definition our customers are forward- thinking. So there is a lot to learn from how they improve their productivity. We learn from them and pass it on to the rest of the industry. Here are three of the most popular applications.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Market Insights, Idencia Tips

RFID Tracking Direct to Your ERP System

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 10, 2018 4:37:59 PM

Customers tell us that the biggest headache in managing precast operations is in dealing with inventory. They subscribe to our RFID product tracking service because they want a more efficient way to do this. Though their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems automate management of most other business functions, they do not offer the complete inventory tracking solutions that precasters need. How nice would it be to automate this as well? 

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Topics: Productivity, Connected Concrete, Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Jump Start Performance With OKRs

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 3, 2018 11:11:33 AM


Infrastructure product manufacturers face two pressing challenges today: tight margins and hiring/retaining high-performance people. Fortunately, there is a business practice called OKRs that addresses both of these. Originally introduced in the 1970s by Intel's Andy Grove, OKRs are now standard in virtually every company that has dominated its industry: Google, Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft to name a few. But, OKRs are not just a passing fancy for glitzy tech firms. They are also applied by stalwarts like GE, Anheuser-Busch and the Navy. Early adopters in manufacturing have an opportunity to become industry leaders that provide an environment for growing profits and attracting/retaining the best people.

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Topics: Market Insights, Productivity

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Tracking Infrastructure is a blog about innovation in the manufacture, construction and management of infrastructure.

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