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OAT Equipment Tracking

Capital equipment is essential to service, manufacturing and distribution operations. Managing these complex assets so that they are readily available at the point of use can be labor-intensive and error prone. For service providers in Healthcare, Aviation, Utilities and Transportation, the cost of tracking equipment is not just related to the value of the asset, but how often it is needed. A missing wheelchair or infusion pump can compromise patient care. A missing towbar or test kit can result in flight delays. For complex manufacturers such as those in Aerospace and Industrial Equipment, production equipment and tooling is highly-specialized, single-sourced and difficult to replace. Misplaced or out-of-spec equipment can derail a production schedule.

RFID automates and error-proofs equipment tracking processes, resulting in:

  • Increased Asset Utilization
  • Automated Tracking of Equipment Maintenance, Calibration and Sterilization
  • Decreased Risk of Safety and Compliance Incidents
  • Improved Operational Efficiency

Where Does RFID-enabled Equipment Tracking Provide the Most Benefit?

The table below describes the most common tool tracking scenarios, by industry and functional area.

Industry Functional Area(s) Equipment Tracked RFID Application Benefits

Aerospace & Defense

Manufacturing Overhaul Maintenance

Service and Test Equipment

Automating Check-in/Check Out, real-time location of maintenance equipment

Improved Turnaround Time, Minimized Risk of Safety Issues from Using Out-of-Spec Equipment


Hospitals and Primary Care Providers, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Laboratories

Medical Equipment and Lab Equipment

Automating Check-in/Check Out, real-time location of medical and lab equipment

Improved Efficiency, Reduced Asset Inventory, Minimized Risk of Safety Issues from Using Non-Sterilized or Uncalibrated Equipment

Industrial and Farm Equipment

Aerospace & Defense


Production and Test Equipment

Automating Check-in/Check-out, location and maintenance status of high-value production and test equipment

Meeting production deadlines and contractual commitments Improved Asset Utilization Reduction in spares inventory, expedite costs

Oil and Gas Exploration & Production Asset Tracking - E&P Tooling and Equipment Automating Check-in/Check-out, location and maintenance status of high-value exploration, production and test equipment

Improved asset utilization

Improved production efficiency and compliance

Reduction in spares inventory, expedite costs


OAT enabled an Aerospace OEM to automate the control, calibration and maintenance of production equipment, resulting in higher productivity and reducing capital asset outlays.




OAT Equipment Tracking Enables:

  • Accurate Asset Management: Real-time status of equipment location & maintenance status
  • Process Improvement: Instant alerts drive proactive maintenance and sourcing
  • Integration: Built-in interfaces for ERP, Program Management, WMS, Asset Management and MRO systems.
  • Device Independence: Flexible configuration can incorporate mixed environments with barcode, RFID, RTLS and other sensors

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