Asset Tracking

Intelligent loading, smart machine maintenance - so you always know where and in what condition your good is

Decayed fruit, damaged shipping goods, stolen goods: In times of increasing quantities of goods, logistics faces great challenges. Because which freight forwarder wants to explain to his customer that he does not know what happened to the load. In industry, too, the question of how one's own assets are doing and where they currently are plays a major role. Thanks to the right technology and the right technology partners, modern asset tracking is already in use today.

 

Miniaturisation brings more possibilities

Thanks to increasingly highly integrated microelectronics in the smallest space, tags can now be produced that, despite their small size, offer sufficient computing power to enable more than just position determination. Solutions that are based on established standards are important, explains Klaus Rupprecht, commercial director of SYS TEC electronic GmbH:

 

We integrate various sensors into these beacons or tags, such as sensors for temperature, humidity and air pressure and accelerometers - these are classically the simplest sensors.

 

Dipl.-Ing. Ronald Sieber, CEO, SYS TEC electronic AG

Asset tracking also in industry

We also offer sensors that can be docked to industrial interfaces. Standard current interfaces with 0 to 20 milliamperes and voltage interfaces in the range -10 to +10 volts or 0 to 10 volts can be operated. We want to build bridges to industrial plants.

 

Smarte Daten lokal und in der Cloud

The smart gateway sysWORXX CTR-700 plays a central role both in mobile asset tracking and in stationary asset management. The CTR-700 is a freely programmable controller with its own computing core and cloud connection, which enables pre-processing of data and the conversion of a wide variety of protocols and bus types in a minimum of space.

 

With the sysWORXX CTR-700 and a software for goods localization from the partner Wirepas, it is possible to calculate the localization of assets locally on site. You no longer always need a hundred percent stable connection to an external cloud server to calculate the location. In addition, the sysWORXX CTR-700 is designed for the MQTT protocol, which allows even small amounts of data to be transmitted very efficiently and energy-saving with little overhead. MQTT is also an established standard for data transmission to cloud servers.

 

The future of Asset Tracking

The future scenarios being worked on at SYS TEC electronic go even further. Klaus Rupprecht describes miniature systems based on smart intelligent sensors - for example in the area of predictive maintenance. It is conceivable to use noise analysis systems that can be attached to the bearing shells of machine tools, for example.

In addition to the usual parameters such as temperature, pressure and humidity, the sensors also monitor the status of the machine. Tiny structure-borne sound microphones are integrated into the beacons for this purpose. "When such a bearing shell in a machine reaches the end of its life, the beacons will hear that," explains Klaus Rupprecht. Because when the balls in a ball bearing or the rollers in a roller bearing run, the surfaces wear out. The further the wear progresses, the more the background noise changes. This means that the sensor records different noise signatures, depending on the bearing condition.

Frequency analysis can detect the connected systems when the end of life is approaching and inform the maintenance department, which can then prepare for the exchange with time and spare parts.

In the near future there are plans to integrate lighting into the tracking systems. Data transmissions coded in light to beacons and machines would be conceivable.

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