Tracking Infrastructure

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

Smart Infrastructure with IoT

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 22, 2018 3:06:26 PM

 

The 'smart city' is the wave of the future and there is a lot of interest in making it happen. However, you don't seem to hear as much about 'smart infrastructure', which is curious. Every house has a foundation, and infrastructure is the foundation of the city, so it stands to reason that you can't have a truly 'smart' city unless it is 'smart' all the way down to its foundation. Idencia is all about smart infrastructure so we thought we would share our vision.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Customer Ideas for RFID Concrete Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 18, 2017 10:04:19 AM

 

Over the past two and a half years about 80 precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers have subscribed to the Idencia concrete tracking system to improve inventory control and implement paperless QC processes. As they have integrated Idencia into their operations, they have developed some great ideas for improvements based on their user experiences. We welcome this input because our customers often come up with suggestions that may never have occurred to us. Every once in a while we like to report the new features that have been developed from these ideas.

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Topics: Idencia Tips, Idencia Use Cases

Why Concrete Tracking Is BIG In Texas

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 3, 2017 3:51:17 PM


Texas is rapidly becoming one of the most active states in using RFID tracking for managing production and inventory control of precast concrete. Why?

For one reason, precast and prestressed concrete producers selling to TX DOT are required to produce production and quality assurance records known as PC-2 and PC-7 reports (for prestressed and precast producers, respectively). These are very detailed reports that concrete tracking systems prepare automatically, saving a lot of administrative time.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

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: Idencia Use Cases, Market Insights

Construction Contractors Want RFID Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Feb 4, 2017 11:41:14 AM

 

The precast concrete industry has embraced RFID tracking for its benefits of paperless QC, real-time inventory reporting and productivity management. Now construction contractors are starting to demand product tracking for their own benefit. With web hosting, the producer, contractor and project owner can easily create and share a timeline history of every product in each project. Our conversations with contractors reveal a few common themes about the productivity they see from the practice.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Found Money for Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 20, 2017 1:20:16 PM

 

We heard a story recently from a large precast manufacturer that expects to produce a windfall of multiple millions of dollars by initiating a change that is available to any concrete producer. This 'found money' has nothing to do with growing sales. No change in price; no change in collections processes. In fact, it has nothing to do with changing anything external to the company. It will be produced by making a very simple internal change.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Prestressed Concrete Producers Embrace Bar Code

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 22, 2016 5:24:43 PM

Given the engineering-intensive nature of manufacturing prestressed concrete structures... and the high degree of documentation required to maintain quality control records... anything that helps manage paperwork provides a natural benefit to the industry. Prestressed concrete manufacturers have taken a page from the retail industry and are starting to adopt bar code tracking to do this.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Infrastructure in Action: Seattle Tunnel

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 8, 2016 1:56:57 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a construction video of the new Seattle tunnel project is incalculable. The project, known locally as the SR 99 tunnel, is replacing the above-ground Alaskan Way trestle with a tunnel that will run underneath the city. The video below shows how the contractors are boring the tunnel and installing the concrete rings that line it. An engineering marvel!

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Infrastructure News, Idencia Use Cases

The 3rd Dimension of Concrete Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 20, 2016 11:35:03 AM

 

 

Based on our experience in just the first quarter, 2016 will likely be viewed in retrospect as a tipping point for precast product tracking. Why? Our prospects are now starting to deliver a vision that is beyond our own original view.

Our original view held that the value of using a precast RFID tracking system is centered in two dimensions:

  1. Cost efficiency of replacing paper with tablets, and
  2. Customer value produced from delivering information with the product. 

Prospects are now suggesting to us that RFID tracking can deliver value in a third dimension: Construction productivity.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

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

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