a leading provider of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, today announced
that its Real-Time
Location System (RTLS) and Asset Tracking & Management solution have
been successfully deployed by Boston Networks, enabling FMC Technologies
to quickly and accurately locate high value equipment within its
manufacturing facility. The system leverages FMC's existing Boston
Networks Wi-Fi infrastructure to help improve operational efficiency and
business processes by eliminating the need to manually search for items.
Based in Scotland, FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) is a leading
global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. The
Boston Networks solution, utilizing AeroScout's RTLS, is now fully
operational at FMC's Dunfermline Subsea Facility, a 213,000 square-foot
plant responsible for the design and manufacturing of subsea trees,
wellhead systems and associated equipment for the oil and gas industry.
The FMC production and testing environment is highly volatile and assets
are regularly on the move. Real-time visibility of these assets
throughout the manufacturing
process is crucial for:
"The tracking system we now have within the facility allows us to track
high value assets in real time and helps us complywith our specialist
statutory licenses," said John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation
Advisor at FMC Technologies. "We are now entering Phase II to extend the
tracking system to other assets and production items within the
facility. The tracking system is now being considered by various sites
within our global organisation to assist with our production flow and
streamlining throughout the business."
The Boston Networks solution consists of AeroScout Wi-Fi
RFID Tags, which attach to the assets being tracked, and MobileView
software, which allows staff to quickly locate needed items anywhere in
the facility with an intuitive graphical user interface. The system is
tracking components used in manufacturing petrochemical wellhead
devices, which are commonly used to cap oil pipes on the seabed.
Due to the environment in which the devices are used and rigorously
tested, the asset
tracking tags needed to be waterproof and ATEX certified. FMC is
also using the AeroScout system to track assets for which it is required
to hold a license: the solution helps ensure that FMC Technologies
doesn't breach its licenses and automates reporting for audits.
Boston Networks, a U.K. leader in the design, installation and support
of high-performance Wireless and Intelligent Building Systems, was the
lead systems integrator for this project. It selected the AeroScout
solution for FMC because it works with FMC's existing Wi-Fi
infrastructure, making deployment quicker and easier.
"FMC Technologies has a complex production environment with special
requirements, making it even more important to have the real-time
visibility into its processes that AeroScout enables," said Janet
Chaffin, President at AeroScout Industrial. "We're proud of our work
with Boston Networks to help FMC gain the visibility it needs to remove
inefficiencies, streamline business processes and improve reporting. We
look forward to working with Boston Networks to further extend the
benefits of the FMC solution."
About Boston Networks
Boston Networks is a leader in the design, planning, installation and
support of high-performance Intelligent Building Systems and Wireless
Specialising in Cabling Services, Network Infrastructure, Wireless LAN &
WAN and Integrated Security Systems, encompassing CCTV, Access Control,
Fire Safety & Intruder Detection, we offer the best of breed
technologies and deliver a comprehensive range of bespoke solutions and
professional Support Services throughout the UK.
AeroScout, part of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), is a global
market leader in Enterprise Visibility solutions. Customers improve
operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard
Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of
mobile assets and people. Many of AeroScout's customers are Fortune 500
companies that specialize in process and discrete manufacturing, mining,
logistics and healthcare. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based
RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number
of deployments. AeroScout has offices in Redwood City, California, as
well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
For more information, please visit http://www.AeroScout.com/Industrial.
AeroScout is a registered trademark of Stanley Black & Decker.
Information is subject to change without notice.
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