With supply chains getting more and more complicated, it can be a tough job to get everything where it needs to go in good condition. When you have assets that are in transit, some that are in storage and some that are in use, it gets even more complicated from there. However, there are new technologies that are making it all easier to keep track of. With a shock logger, you can have each of these items monitored and the amount of shock and vibration that it experiences recorded. Are your assets receiving treatment that gives them too much shock or vibration? Without a shock logger, it may be hard to tell.
Items Being Damaged
When there is a lot of shock and vibration that happens to an asset, either equipment or a structure, it can cause damage. Before this technology, you may never learn where damage happened or even if someone in the supply chain did damage it. With a shock logger, not only do you find out when an item gets too much shock and/or vibration, but you also find out exactly where it happened. When you can do that, there is no reason to spend a lot of time tracking down departments and trying to find out what went wrong and where it did so.
When you get a notification that there was a strong amount of shock or vibration that an item was subjected to, you can respond right away instead of waiting until the item reaches its destination.
Environmental Conditions Logging
Along with the detection of shock and vibration, the logger can also let you know when a unit is in an environment that is less than hospitable for it. It’s important to have a shock logger that will let you know about the pressure, temperature and humidity that the unit is experiencing. Having this knowledge will help you to know whether the unit is in bad conditions that could ruin it. Getting quick notifications for this problem can help you to get the problem rectified much more quickly. It can also help you to catch a bad situation before it gets worse. There are also sensors you can get that record the roll and tilt data, and this can be extremely helpful for certain types of units.
What if your assets move through very rural areas without any cellular service, your shock logger should have a satellite to get you the data. Using GPS is a foolproof way to keep track of your units no matter where they go. For logistics managers, this is a wealth of data that can tell them when something may have happened to your unit that could damage it. This allows the logistics personnel to hold the correct people accountable when something happens to the units. You can use a shock logger that sends you notifications about bad conditions for your unit in real time, or you can be put into a report that you read as needed.
Even if the equipment you will send out is tough and durable, there are a number of conditions that can damage a wide range of equipment. If your units are calibrated, too much tipping, rolling and shock can cause them to go out of calibration. Even heavy, sturdy equipment may be damaged by the wrong humidity level, too much vibration or other problems. Problems with handling can also mean that wear is put on the parts of the units, and this can cause them to break down. Items like MRI scanners and mining equipment may be especially susceptible to these problems. Delicate machinery, even if it’s heavy, has to be handled correctly in order for it to reach the other side unaffected. If it isn’t, you need to know now so that you can take action to improve the supply chain.
Improving the Supply Chain
When you get real-time data that helps you to pinpoint where there are problems, you essentially know where the problem areas are before the next units go out. This is important information during the shipping stage, while it’s being stored and when it’s in operation. The data that is sent back will let repair technicians and information managers know when the units are in good condition and are undamaged. For equipment that has already passed through the supply chain, if there is damage that will need to be repaired, the maintenance technicians need to know about it before the item even gets to its destination. This can help preserve the reputation of your company and the equipment it produces.