How GPS tracking helps manufacturers boost ROI

Posted on 16 Jan 2017 by The Manufacturer

Ensuring that your manufacturing plant runs smoothly and efficiently is difficult without using tools and technology to monitor your supply chain and employee productivity.

Cutting-edge manufacturing technologies may promise significant gains but can be complicated and difficult to implement. Easy-to-use tools like GPS tracking devices give you insights into employee behavior, how your equipment is being used, and the efficiency of your supply chain, enabling you to identify opportunities to improve your workflow, increase security, and boost customer satisfaction. Let’s take a closer look at how.

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  1. Monitoring vehicle and equipment use

Most manufacturing plants rely on heavy equipment like forklifts and other specialized machinery. GPS tracking devices collect data on how this equipment is used, such as when a piece of machinery is turned on or off and usage hours. This information can be used to pinpoint inefficiencies, as well as identify any unsafe behavior, equipment overuse, or misuse during off-hours, which can help you streamline operations, reduce costs and deliver your finished product to your customers faster.

  1. Automating preventive maintenance on equipment and vehicles

Routine maintenance can help eliminate costly downtime by preventing unnecessary breakdowns.

GPS tracking software automates preventive maintenance by enabling you to track vehicle and equipment maintenance histories, as well as set up email or text message alerts for whenever maintenance is due, such as:

  • Oil changes
  • Routine inspections
  • Filter changes
  • Cleaning and lubrication
  • Adjustments and repairs

Learn more about automating maintenance using GPS tracking devices.

  1. Improving supply chain management

Receiving raw materials on time is key to keeping your plant running smoothly, and delivering finished products when they’re expected is key to providing excellent service.

If you use a third-party logistics company to deliver raw materials or finished products, consider speaking to your fleet managers about GPS tracking devices. GPS trackers can help both you and your logistics provider reduce fuel usage, improve dispatch and routing, and make deliveries safely and efficiently.

This data also makes it easy to identify inefficient routes and unsafe or wasteful driving behaviors like speeding or harsh braking, which can help you ensure the safety of your drivers and your shipments.

  1. Increasing asset and vehicle security

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), nearly 1,000 pieces of commercial equipment are stolen each month. Stolen equipment can be costly, but with real-time location tracking and alerts for unauthorized use, such as after-hours use or if a GPS device is tampered with, manufacturers can quickly recover their equipment in case of theft.

Download the Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking for Business to learn more.

Data-driven insights for better operations

GPS tracking devices can monitor both vehicles and heavy equipment and provide manufacturers with accurate data they can use to streamline plant operations and improve supply chain efficiency.

Learn more about tracking your vehicles and heavy equipment with Linxup GPS tracking devices.