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AeroScout®, a leading provider of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, today announced that its
Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and Asset Tracking & Management solution have been successfully deployed by Boston Networks, enabling FMC Technologies to quickly and accurately locate high value equipment within its manufacturing facility. The system leverages FMC’s existing Boston Networks Wi-Fi infrastructure to help improve operational efficiency and business processes by eliminating the need to manually search for items.
Based in Scotland, FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. The Boston Networks solution, utilizing AeroScout’s RTLS, is now fully operational at FMC’s Dunfermline Subsea Facility, a 213,000 square-foot plant responsible for the design and manufacturing of subsea trees, wellhead systems and associated equipment for the oil and gas industry.
The FMC production and testing environment is highly volatile and assets are regularly on the move. Real-time visibility of these assets throughout the
manufacturing process is crucial for:
Improving and optimizing operations
Increasing production throughput
Improving plant health and safety
“The tracking system we now have within the facility allows us to track high value assets in real time and helps us comply with our specialist statutory licenses,” said John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor at FMC Technologies. “We are now entering Phase II to extend the tracking system to other assets and production items within the facility. The tracking system is now being considered by various sites within our global organisation to assist with our production flow and streamlining throughout the business.”
The Boston Networks solution consists of AeroScout
Wi-Fi RFID Tags, which attach to the assets being tracked, and MobileView software, which allows staff to quickly locate needed items anywhere in the facility with an intuitive graphical user interface. The system is tracking components used in manufacturing petrochemical wellhead devices, which are commonly used to cap oil pipes on the seabed.
Due to the environment in which the devices are used and rigorously tested, the
asset tracking tags needed to be waterproof and ATEX certified. FMC is also using the AeroScout system to track assets for which it is required to hold a license: the solution helps ensure that FMC Technologies doesn’t breach its licenses and automates reporting for audits.
Boston Networks, a U.K. leader in the design, installation and support of high-performance Wireless and Intelligent Building Systems, was the lead systems integrator for this project. It selected the AeroScout solution for FMC because it works with FMC’s existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, making deployment quicker and easier.