Revolutionizing Shop Floor Management

Beacon technology brings proximity-based Information to shop floor

Aug 04, 2015, 15:50 ET from The Lake Companies, Inc.

GREEN BAY, Wis., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The manufacturing shop floor is about to become a whole lot smarter. The Lake Companies has announced a new, patent-pending Bluetooth™ beacon technology that brings indoor positioning and proximity-based information to the shop floor.  For the first time ever, shop floor managers now have immediate access to dynamic information from their surroundings.

This new technology is called Beacon-Trak™ and operates as users are in the vicinity of wireless nodes (beacons) located at specific spots on the factory floor. A supervisor can glance down at their tablet device to see up-to-the-moment information on any given work center in their vicinity. With the touch of a finger they can assess production rates, output, work crews and more without using complicated programs or running back to the office to print out reports. This allows manufacturers to quickly make informed decisions about work flow, production and more.

"When you talk about a game-changer for the production floor, this is it," said Greg Lake, CEO and President of The Lake Companies. "Our customers are looking for real time information while, at the same time, having supervisors spend more time on the floor.  Beacon-Trak™ will allow them to accomplish those goals and directly impact their bottom line."

Information provided with the initial release of the application includes:

  • Jobs being performed and status
  • Units produced
  • Personnel information such as who is operating the machine, scheduled time off, dashboards for specific roles on the shop floor
  • Machine operating capacity
  • Failure rate
  • Quality history of the machine/individual
  • Schedule and backlog
  • Efficiency and utilization

The Lake Companies is also creating additional informational capabilities, including:

  • Pending maintenance and maintenance history
  • Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Parts and tools needed for next job and shift
  • Materials available for upcoming jobs
  • Cost and efficiency details while the job is in process

Beacon-Trak™ will be released August 31; seamlessly integrating with other Lake Companies' products and Infor's CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine), an ERP product used by thousands of manufacturers in industries worldwide.

About The Lake Companies, Inc.
The Lake Companies is a U.S.-based provider of Infor's CloudSuite (SyteLine) ERP software solutions. Lake is also the developer of Beacon-Trak™, Shop-Trak™, Doc-Trak™ and Fact-Trak™ business enhancement applications for CloudSuite (SyteLine) ERP.


SOURCE The Lake Companies, Inc.