Tapestry Solutions, Inc., a non-fully integrated subsidiary of Boeing, has launched its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) software platform that is designed to transform supply chain operations and help businesses tap the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Tapestry’s ESI middleware solution seamlessly connects people, processes and data on factory floors, supply chains, and across the enterprise. By providing a standard infrastructure for data and analytics, ESI gives decision-makers a complete picture of their inventory and asset movements during the production process.
“ESI is a game-changer in the industry. It will modernise supply chain and manufacturing operations, and in the process, help businesses grow their bottom line,” said Robin Wright, president & CEO of Tapestry Solutions.
ESI is based on Tapestry’s field-proven technology deployed at 50 Boeing assembly plants. At Boeing, the custom technology is called the Automated Identification Technology – Information Management System (AIT-IMS). In its first year alone, AIT-IMS is said by the parent company to have saved Boeing approximately $100 million through decreased assembly time, automated asset receipt/payment, enhanced inventory management and improved quality and safety.
The software harnesses the power of Big Data, boosting manufacturing efficiency, productivity and profitability. It serves as the foundation for the IoT, where internet-enabled devices are connected, intelligent and interactive.
“ESI will not only give businesses a competitive advantage, it will also accelerate industry innovation around the globe. We’re proud to be part of this IoT sensor revolution,” added Dr. Jens Pohl, vice president of Engineering, Tapestry Solutions.
Tapestry’s commercial ESI solution features a cloud-based platform and integration with temperature sensors, thermostats, pressure sensors and humidity sensors. Through data fusion, ESI integrates a myriad of sensor technologies that track, monitor and control assets and workflow processes on a common platform. It combines data from sensors, software and electronics – from bar codes, RFID, Wi-Fi and GPS tags to scanners and ultra-wideband wireless systems.
ESI also unlocks the massive opportunity of the future IoT, where everything is smart and interconnected – from smart cities and homes to smart factories. For manufacturing, ESI is not limited to tracking assets and enhancing supply chain visibility. It can also be linked to a building’s infrastructure and equipment, and manage heating, lighting and door security systems as well as machine sensors.
The enterprise-class platform has interconnected numerous aspects of Boeing’s asset management and supply chain. As a result of its successful implementation, AIT-IMS will serve as the platform for Boeing’s IoT integration efforts.
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