Tapestry Solutions, a non-fully integrated subsidiary of Boeing, launched Wednesday its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) software platform that will 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, and supply chains 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 based on Tapestry’s field-proven technology recently deployed at 50 sites throughout aerospace company Boeing. At Boeing, the custom technology is known as the Automated Identification Technology – Information Management System, or AIT-IMS.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Tapestry supports customers from more than 50 locations around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Afghanistan, Kuwait, the UK, South Korea, Australia and Germany.
In its first year alone, AIT-IMS 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.
Through data fusion, ESI integrates a myriad of sensor technologies that track, monitor and control assets and workflow processes on a common platform. It synthesizes data from sensors, software and electronics – everything from bar codes, active and passive RFID, Wi-Fi and GPS tags to scanners and ultra-wideband wireless systems can securely and seamlessly interact with one another.
Tapestry’s commercially available ESI solution features expanded capabilities, including a cloud-based platform and integration with temperature sensors, thermostats, pressure sensors and humidity sensors.
“ESI is a game-changer in the industry. It will modernize supply chain and manufacturing operations, and in the process, help businesses grow their bottom line,” said Robin Wright, president & CEO of Tapestry Solutions.
“ESI not only will give businesses a competitive advantage, it will also help accelerate industry innovation around the globe. We are proud to be part of this IoT sensor revolution,” added Jens Pohl, vice president of engineering, Tapestry Solutions.
ESI also unlocks the massive opportunity of the future IoT, where everything is smart and interconnected – from smart cities and homes to smart factories.
From a manufacturing perspective, the sensor management system is not limited to tracking assets and enhancing supply chain visibility, however. It can also be linked to a building’s infrastructure and equipment, such as managing and controlling heating, lighting and door security systems as well as machine sensors.
The enterprise-class platform has interconnected nearly every aspect of Boeing’s asset management and supply chain. As a result of its implementation, AIT-IMS will serve as the platform for Boeing’s IoT integration efforts.