Partnership helps track tooling, equipment through the plant

A joint marketing agreement between NCR Corp. and Ubisense Ltd. is delivering an asset management and analysis solution for the manufacturing marketplace.


A joint marketing agreement between NCR Corp. and Ubisense Ltd. is delivering an asset management and analysis solution for the manufacturing marketplace. The companies will offer Ubisense's precise real-time location system (RTLS) combined with NCR's TransitionWorks automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) software. The first deployment of the Ubisense-NCR solution provides real-time asset visibility on 15 production lines for a large automotive parts manufacturer.

The combination of products enables manufacturers to manage assets throughout their facility. Production tooling and material-handling equipment can be tracked throughout a facility, with the system instantaneously recording events and transmitting actionable operational messages based on business rules configured by customers.

At the automotive plant, the system tracks more than 2,500 individual high-value assets on each production line to a precision of one foot, and generates updates and alerts when machines or assets change locations in or outside a facility. NCR TransitionWorks assimilates and manages information from various AIDC devices and makes a real-time view of the manufacturing floor available. It also enables compliance with relevant requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules. The solution resolves time challenges and ensures ease of integration with new or existing data-capture devices, allowing users to collect, interpret, and move large amounts of data from multiple sources.

"Ubisense is the leader in precise real-time location systems, and together we are able to deploy a highly effective and robust asset management tool for businesses," said NCR AIDC Solutions group vice president and general manager Donna A. Wright.

Ubisense CEO Richard Green said, "The NCR TransitionWorks platform and NCR's market presence are a powerful combination in global manufacturing and retail. Our goal is to team with companies that demonstrate a deep knowledge of specific markets, and we are pleased to be able to work with NCR in delivering real solutions to customers."



—Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering
News Desk
( Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.)

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.