The Vehicle Tracking & Management Solution (VTMS) provides realtime
information to track, measure and manage vehicles anywhere
within the facility, both indoors and outdoors. VTMS is a groundbreaking
step in automating vehicle tracking and management in
today's vehicle assembly, delivery chain and fleet operations and is
the first solution to provide real-time information to today's manufacturing
management community. VTMS allows a vehicle manufacturer,
delivery chain or fleet operation to know in real-time or historically
exactly where the vehicle is located or has been, with accuracy
to within 3 meters. VTMS communicates the physical location of
vehicles either by zone, parking slot, and/or intelligent interactive
graphical mapping. VTMS is designed to support either repetitive
or job-order manufacturing operations, with a focus on areas of the
business and processes where units are "off-line." These off-line
areas typically include post-assembly verification and test processes,
as well as quality repair, containment and shipping zones. Off-line
processes are frequently a forgotten segment of lean manufacturing
and VTMS is one of the world's first systems to drive efficiency and
optimization in this area.
In a VTMS solution, an RFID tracking tag is placed in each vehicle
typically before the vehicle enters the off-line processing areas.
Supported by a standardized ANSI 371.1 and IEEE 802.11 infrastructure,
the solution delivers real-time tracking information of the vehicle
as it moves through off-line certification, repair and containment
areas with constant location data for each vehicle. In addition,
beyond the ability to locate a vehicle on demand, the tracking
data can be used to monitor such things as adherence to process,
process cycle time, and dwell time analysis for off-line areas.
VTMS provides for accurate planning, execution and monitoring of
performance — making it the ultimate support tool for improving
processes and creating efficiency in off-line manufacturing areas.