Tracking Infrastructure

Why DOTs Want RFID Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 13, 2017 10:54:03 AM

 

Precast and prestressed concrete producers are embracing RFID tracking for the productivity it provides them with paperless quality control, inventory management, GPS tracking and production management. The added advantage is that they are well poised to serve as preferred vendors for state departments of transportation that want similar productivity benefits for their own account. Here are the reasons that DOTs are now asking their vendors to adopt the practice.

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Topics: Market Insights

Is RFID Right for Your Plant?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 6, 2017 1:57:55 PM

 

 

We were pleased to be asked by the Architectural Precast Association to lead a discussion about RFID tracking at their annual Spring workshop in late April, so we gladly accepted! This was part of a broader conference theme they titled: "Problem Solve. Innovate. Produce." It was a great workshop with discussions about lean manufacturing, innovative production techniques, and new product mix designs in addition to our discussion. We enjoyed the discussion so much we thought we'd share our deck.

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Topics: Market Insights

RFID Tracking for Lean Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Apr 1, 2017 1:28:47 PM

 

At its essence, a lean manufacturing practice is the continual pursuit of more efficient ways to operate. Ideas are contributed by all involved in any process; they are tested for effectiveness; and the winners become standardized in the workflow. These standardized practices are reduced to their simplest elements and visual cues are placed throughout the plant to optmize integration and efficiency. RFID tracking is a natural tool for supporting the implementation of lean manufacturing practices at precast concrete plants. Here's why.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

FAQs About Precast RFID Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 25, 2017 1:06:30 PM

 

Having spoken to a number of producers at The Precast Show earlier this month, we got a good chance to learn what the industry wants from technology. We are impressed by how much is understood about the potential for using an RFID tracking system to remove paper from QC practices and create a real-time inventory management system. There were a lot of great questions asked about how it works, so we thought we would address the most common questions here.

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Topics: Idencia Tips

What's Up With Construction Productivity?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 18, 2017 4:06:58 PM

 

Earlier this month, the American Society of Civil Engineers reported that the US will require $4.6 Trillion of investment in its infrastructure over the next 10 years. This would seem to be an opportunity of a generation for the construction industry but it remains to be seen if it is actually capable of meeting such a large need. Consulting firm McKinsey & Company reports that US productivity in manufacturing, retail and agriculture has grown by as much as 1,500% since 1945. Construction productivity? Hardly any improvement at all in more than 70 years! What's up with that?

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights

2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 10, 2017 4:02:41 PM

 

There has been a lot of talk over the past year about the importance of rebuilding America's infrastructure. Now there is more evidence supporting the claim. Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers prepares a report card on the state of our infrastructure; its 2017 report was released March 9th. The report card justifies public concern by grading the overall state of the country's infrastructure with a D+. What does this mean?

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

The Precast Show Technology Take-Aways

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 4, 2017 8:19:38 PM


We just finished packing up our booth following the conclusion of The Precast Show 2017. (Once again, the NPCA team did a fabulous job!) Going into the show we were excited to meet precast producers and talk about their interests in using technology to improve productivity. We came away impressed with how much interest is out there. But we were blown away by the depth of thinking about how technology should work. Clearly there has been a lot of thought about this since last year's show. Here's what we learned.

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Topics: Market Insights

Innovation and Precast: Do They Mix?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Feb 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Precast concrete products date back to the Roman times when molds were used to produce concrete aqueducts and culverts. The process was applied to modern manufacturing starting in 1905 when a Liverpool, England engineer, John Alexander Brodie, began producing building panels out of precast concrete. Mr. Brodie was also the inventor of the soccer goal net. So, the industry is steeped in innovation historically but... can it still be an innovative industry?

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Precast Notes from the Road- Q1 2017

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Feb 18, 2017 10:05:07 AM


One of the best parts of our business is that we get to spend a lot of time on the road visiting precast concrete manufacturers. (Okay, to be more precise, it's like Dan Fogelberg's assessment of being a musician: "The audience is heavenly but the traveling is hell".) Nevertheless, the ends justify the means because we learn a lot about what is happening in the industry. From time to time we will post our observations here and ask for your perspective. We'll start with our notes from the road in Q1 2017.
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Topics: Market Insights

There's an App for Infrastructure Too

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Feb 11, 2017 11:26:41 AM


One of the many great outcomes from rebuilding our nation's infrastructure is that its massive scale will reshape the productivity of the entire supply chain. Being dedicated to helping the precast industry improve productivity with our RFID-based paperless quality control, inventory management and GPS tracking system, we are always intrigued by new technology for construction contractors and asset managers. Between these two, construction has gotten the lion's share of attention. That is now changing.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

About this blog

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

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