Supply Chain Trackers

Get a better sense of things across your supply chain.

Monitor shipment health across your supply chain

Industry 4.0 Track-and-Trace is here

 

For shippers, being able to track and trace the history of a given shipment and identifying the precise place, conditions, and context of any incidents is key to guaranteeing a tightly run operation. With such a track-and-trace platform, supply chains can be stabilized, utilization maximized, routes optimized, packaging tailored to prevent damage or to eliminate extra unneeded cost, CO2 emissions lowered, and contracts automated. Smart contracts become possible, insurance claims can be automated with premiums dramatically reduced, and shippers can achieve faster revenue recognition. For 3PLs or packaging consultants, this technology can mean value-add services you can provide to your clients to help you win the best customers and lock in their loyalty. The advent of inexpensive and low-power sensors like MEMs, microcontrollers, cloud computing and powerful data processing has made new technology possible, heralding a new industrial wave of supply-chain technology.

Track-and-Trace means something different to every manufacturer, so Arch has developed a modular approach that easily adapts to fit your needs.

We provide lab-quality shock-and-vibration monitoring, environmental monitoring, and GPS tracking to cover the three legs of a comprehensive program. On the cloud side, historical data and 3rd party devices can be integrated to create one standard solution on top of which you can manage your shipping data, trigger centralized alerts, and deploy real-time or predictive analytics. By deploying Arch gateways at your warehouses and storage units, you can further enhance your supply chain automation by automatically recognizing incoming shipments and taking action on data with integrations into your WMS or ERP. Contact us to explore how we can orchestrate your supply chain together.

“Arch has demonstrated excellence in executing on Industry 4.0.  Their products are robust, built for industrial use, and they easily deploy at an enterprise scale.  We’re proud to be partnered with them to build next-generation industrial intelligence that is already saving millions of dollars and achieving unprecedented efficiency.”

– Supreet Oberoi, VP of IoT at Oracle

Shock/vibe monitoring of precision equipment

 

For many companies, damage, loss, and delay in shipping can cost from one half to one percent of the company’s gross margin. Sometimes sources of damages are clear, but other times they are not. Who is at fault, who has to pay when problems occur?

Shock and vibrations are known as leading causes of damage in shipment, whether from airplane turbulence, speed bumps, trains rocking, or just being dropped from a forklift.  Manufacturers and shippers need to know precisely what has happened, when it happened, and where it happened to make the right decisions.

Arch has taken the accuracy and precision of million-dollar testing equipment and packed it into a small, low-cost IoT device that can be packaged with every single shipment. With a click on a mobile app, full, high-resolution waveforms of shock and vibration events are streamed to the cloud, processed, and automatically analyzed, surfacing insights in the data, telling you if damage has or has not occurred, and helping automate the response.

“We’ve been using top-quality lab equipment for two decades to understand how to ship our precision equipment safely and more recently starting capturing data from the field. Before Arch, we used two to five thousand dollar data loggers to get the data quality we needed. That data was manually downloaded, and we would spend hours sorting through it to create excel summaries.  Going back to find data was challenging, and analysis across the data was a huge burden. We switched to Arch and have a POD-1M installed on 100% of the machines we ship, which now sends data to the cloud with data processing and analysis automation. We’re currently saving over $1M a year in supply chain optimization.”

– Engineering Director, Fortune 1000 Semiconductor Equipment Company

Cold chain and environmental monitoring

 

Many products are sensitive to minor changes in temperature, humidity, or other environmental variables beyond shock and vibration. Both Arch’s POD-1M as well as our partner GPS trackers have built-in, high-quality environmental sensors including temperature, humidity, and pressure.

“We’re developing smart contract technology that will allow us to complete or deny the final delivery of a shipment based on a complete data record of the temperature and humidity. Essentially the Arch sensor can act as a key, where the lock is only opened if the ground truth data shows an acceptable pattern. If the shipment is damaged, we don’t ever want it delivered, which in turn allows us to minimize our risk profile to our customers as well as insurers and provide an altogether different level of service.”

– R&D Leader, Global 2000 Technology Company

GPS location tracking

 

GPS tracking is nothing new, with the global satellite system being up and available since 1994. But the cost of GPS tracking has never been less. More importantly, the integration of location data with shock, vibration, and environmental context completes the track-and-trace picture of ‘what’ happened as well as ‘where’. With these capabilities combined, shippers are able to understand the flow of their goods to and from key locations, identify risks to damage, delay, and loss, take immediate action for current shipments, and analyze and reconstruct their operations for predictive optimization.

Via our partners, we provide high-quality, low-cost GPS, cellular tracker devices that work in conjunction with other Arch devices as well as Arch’s overall Track-and-Trace solution. Contact us to find out what kind of system we can put in place for you.

A single place for data management

 

As a shipping or logistics manager, you may have various 3rd party devices, 3rd party data dumps, and legacy processes that have historically blocked you from adopting new technology. One of the main advantages of building an Arch System is the extract-transform-load (ETL) capabilities of Arch’s cloud and data collection infrastructure. Arch provides existing ETL functionality for a variety of the legacy 3rd party data loggers that suppliers are commonly using today in the supply chain. For enterprise customers, our engineers can prepare custom ETL scripts to ingest your historical or 3rd party data and give you one place to securely and efficiently manage your data lake. With a modern REST API and SDKs optimized for dashboarding and analytics, the power is in your hands to put all of your data to work. That’s what Arch is, your bridge from legacy to new.

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