Tracking Infrastructure

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

Why RFID Tracking Is Safer Than Paper

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 30, 2016 1:45:22 PM

The first concern of many companies considering a move to paperless QC or electronic inventory management from paper records is that their information will be at greater risk of loss. In fact, the opposite is true. We've written previously about precast RFID tracking as a means of competitive advantage (How Customer Value is Created With Infrastructure Product Tracking) and as a manufacturing productivity solution (Inventory Control, Farewell Frustration). In this post we will show you why digital product tracking is actually a safer practice than using paper.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

Why It Pays To Be Lean for Railroads

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Sep 11, 2015 1:18:34 PM


It goes without saying that railroads want their vendors to be as efficient as possible. New industry practices now indicate that vendors may need to engage in lean practices to sustain their customer relationships. As railroads work to improve their own maintenance efficiency and... more important... ensure track safety, they are asking vendors to provide batch mix information about each concrete tie they deliver. They are also starting to track weld information on rails and production information about switches. Lean manufacturing is about minimizing waste and enhancing customer value. A railroad vendor that embraces this practice will view these demands as a market opportunity that can be addressed more easily than they might expect.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

Concrete Tracking Without RFID Tags

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 22, 2015 1:53:12 PM


As we meet with manufacturers of precast and pre-stressed concrete we are often asked: "Can we set up a concrete product tracking system without using RFID tags?" The answer is yes. We have a few customers that are doing just that. In fact, they are integrating precast product tracking with their scheduling system to create one seamless production management process from scheduling through completion. This doesn't require investment in a big IT system. In fact, many are created using Excel. In the end, they have an inexpensive IT system that is easy to use and can produce measurable productivity gains from greater manufacturing efficiency and inventory control. Here's how they do it.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

Why DOTs and Railroads Want Concrete Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 8, 2015 11:06:00 AM

In our work with state Departments of Transportation and a Class 1 railroad we have seen many reasons why infrastructure asset owners want RFID tracking to be included with the precast concrete structures they purchase. Not surprisingly, this is always for want of better information and greater efficiency. We've written before that asset managers are becoming more innovative in their construction practices for these purposes. In this post, we identify three common reasons why customers value vendors who provide precast product tracking with their sales.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

The Instant ROI of Product Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 8, 2015 6:31:09 PM

In today's world of global competition and pricing transparency, companies are facing margin pressures unlike ever before. Longstanding customers now routinely review their vendors for price advantage. New competitors enter markets at unprecedented rates. And companies with human resource costs one-tenth of your company's can now compete with you from half a world away. In order to survive, much less thrive, businesses need to reconfigure each step of the value-add process with two primary objectives:

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

How Technology Serves Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Apr 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

 

We've written a lot lately about lean manufacturing and how it can help make the infrastructure value chain more productive. We are applying lean principles internally and have developed Idencia's features to make it a useful tool for implementing lean practices.

Taiichi Ohno, one of the early principals of the lean production movement said: “Where there is no standard there can be no Kaizen” (continuous improvement). Developing a standard requires data, which in turn requires measurement. This is often the primary challenge in manufacturing systems that are not supported by technology since counting and other measuring processes are prone to human error.

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Topics: 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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