IT in Manufacturing

IoT for inventory control and monitoring

September 2018 IT in Manufacturing

The availability of high quality online data in real-time is essential to effective decision making. From simple monitoring and visualisation of tanks and silos, through to monitoring on a global scale, Endress+Hauser’s solutions for inventory control guarantee complete inventory visibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world.

The inventory control architecture needed is simple. All that is required are field devices, gateways and the right software package. Using these, solutions can be customised that perfectly fit user requirements.

Simple visualisation across multiple plants

It is typical of many manufacturing companies that stock levels in tanks and silos are not measured and displayed consistently in real-time. As a result, the treatment of inventory data is largely manual, leading to errors as well as labour duplication. This often causes high stock levels, high inventory costs and decisions that are based on feelings, not on facts. The solution for inventory control guarantees simple monitoring and visualisation of tanks and silos to solve this typical problem.

In addition, businesses are pushing into new regions due to the increasing need to reduce costs and extend into new business opportunities. Collection of real-time inventory information across the world, therefore gives the best chance of utilising existing material and reducing locked-in inventory costs. Through local interfaces and SupplyCare, Endress+Hauser can provide the exact information required for informed decision making throughout the enterprise.

Vendor managed inventory

The automated and efficient management of business processes must not be confined to the company alone. Collaboration with business partners allows more efficient business models can evolve. One such is VMI (vendor managed inventory), where the supplier is responsible for the replenishment and delivery of material to customers.

For more information contact Alwin Lutchman, Endress+Hauser, +27 11 262 8000,,


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