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WIP-TRAK: Work In Process Tracking in the Cloud

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On Monday morning, your customer service line rings and your service agent logs a call about a product failure with your new laser-turbo Diffendoofer. Someone was almost injured! By the end of the day, you receive seven more similar calls. Your QA team immediately suspect a cluster of product failures, and frantically begins researching root cause and potential scope of impact.

Hoverboard FireSometimes root cause analysis is easy. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone and Hoverboard fails can be quickly linked to a lithium ion battery. But wait, is this really accurate? Is it the lithium ion battery, or the charger? Is it a certain brand or manufacturer of battery or charger that is consistent with the product failures, or really something else? If you are like most manufacturing companies, you use multiple vendors for different components, and each manufacturer may deliver slightly different variations of components over time as they evolve their own production processes. Linking specific components and materials to a finished product is nearly impossible.

Quickly understanding and addressing product failure root cause can be the difference between a great public relations turnaround success story or an epic company failure ending in crushing lawsuits and bankruptcy.


Assembly Line WIPeChain Technology has developed WIP-TRAK to address traceability and compliance needs for manufactured and assembled products. WIP-TRAK is a module of the eChain Global Business Manager solution. If your company was using eChain WIP-TRAK, your customer service agent could quickly and easily check the failed products to identify common components, materials, machines, and even specific workers who touched or inspected the product.

eChain WIP-TRAK supports UDI (Unique Device identifier) or Serialized materials and parts used in the manufacture or assembly of a finished product. Using an extremely simple interface (4 fields), workers log each step in a work order process with barcode scanner, or automatically using RFID.

WIP-TRAKAt each station, the worker would:
1) Scan the new component barcode (beep!),
2) Scan the work order barcode (beep!),
3) Scan the employee’s badge/ID (beep!),
4) Scan the location/station (beep!)… Done.

That’s it! In seconds, the new component (or machine or assembly or quality check) and its specific cost is linked to the finished good and time-stamped. As the work order moves from station to station, we generate a transfer transaction and track time-in-station, worker and items physically located at each station at that time.  Reports show how long jobs/items and assemblies are held at each station, and where a specific work order is at any point in time. Monitor the quantity levels of assemblies or materials by station to ensure no disruption or delays. Monitor that each Quality Check has been performed.  Track specific machines that were used on each product or job.

Diffendoofer Defect

Hoverboard AssemblyUsing eChain WIP-TRAK, you can clearly identify that your new laser-turbo Diffendoofer product failures appear to be related to a specific batch of flux capacitor manufactured by Yekko Inc. and your potential impact is 500 products. Because the eChain Global Business Manager manages unique devices, you can further identify the specific customers who purchased the 500 units in question within minutes. In the same day as the product defects first appear, you can identify root cause, common components, and customers who purchased the defective items using eChain Technology.

Real-time COGS

Managers can quickly and accurately track specific Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for each specific finished product, or generate aggregated profit/loss reports.

Many companies do not have quantitative information on product cost and need to better track and manage specific costs associated with the products they manufacture and sell. Using eChain Global Business Manager with WIP-TRAK, companies can review profit/loss reports by item, by category, by location. This real-time information can help companies fine-tune their pricing model to maximize profitability.

Manage Machine Use and Maintenance

eChain WIP-TRAK tracks each specific machine used for every work order or job.  Some machines are used more often than others.  Some machines break down more frequently than others, and some machines are simply better than others.  Use WIP-TRAK to identify specific machine defect rates.  Track how many times specific machines were used, and schedule periodic preventative maintenance based on usage or defects using eChain WIP-TRAK.

About Global Business Manager

eChain Global Business Manager is a low-cost, cloud-based solution that enables your entire organization to quote, sell, purchase, locate, track and manage inventory and assets in facilities and locations across the planet and in local languages. The solution is completely RFID-enabled using the eChain RFID Enterprise Connector and RFID Tech.  Provides enterprise Order-to-Cash capabilities, Unique Device Management/Serialized stock tracking and Work-in-Process (WIP) tracking in an affordable and easy to use package with graphical user interface and rich reporting.  Enables companies to purchase, manage, track, sell and report items globally using fewer employees and systems. Supports inventory, asset and employee tracking, rental, service, manufacturing/assembly and retail applications.

About eChain Technology

eChain Technology specializes in RFID, supply-chain and enterprise solutions that immediately address business cost areas and improve operational performance. We offer innovative applications, system integration, full service consulting, and custom application development.

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Atlanta IoT Showcase May 4

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eChain Technology had a great showing in the first annual Atlanta IoT Showcase held at Tech Square Labs.  This turned out to be an incredible event that sold out three times!  Attending were representatives from some major companies and influencers like Coca-Cola, Intel, AT&T, Georgia Tech and more!  Attendees were able to see next-generation technology being developed by many of Atlanta’s leading technology startups.  For several participants, this was the first public demonstration of their solutions.

eChain at ATL IoT Showcase

eChain at ATL IoT Showcase

ATL IoT Showcase Crowd

ATL IoT Showcase Crowd

Special thanks to our Sponsors, participants and attendees who took time from their busy day to make this first Internet of Things Showcase such a success!  Stay tuned – we will be putting on another showcase in around 6 months.  Can’t wait to see how things evolve between now and then.

About the Showcase

ATL IoT Showcase

ATL IoT Showcase

If you are in Atlanta on May 4th, please make time to see our demo at the Atlanta Internet of Things Showcase.  Enjoy complimentary brews and snacks and spend a couple hours seeing and learning what’s happening in Atlanta with the Internet of Things. IoT speakers, demos from IoT companies and networking with members of the IoT community.  Sponsored by: AIG, Tech Square Labs, Invest Atlanta, ATDC. Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00pm.  Download Flyer

eChain Technology will be demonstrating our low-cost RFID technology capabilities … physical item movements trigger automatic updates to our cloud inventory management application providing unique item traceability and real-time visibility.  We will also have hands-on display of various RFID technologies used for different tracking scenarios.

Tickets (free)

ATL IoT Showcase Tickets, Wed, May 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM | Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/atl-iot-sowcase-tickets-24564669588?aff=es2

Lectures (interesting)

“What the Heck is IoT? 

Bill Eason and Russ Clark  (Research Scientists at Georgia Tech)

Whether you’re 15 or 75, your life is increasingly affected by “smart” devices that we use to understand and control what’s going on around us. Come learn about the “sensorification” of our world and the impact that the interconnection of these devices will have on every person, building, city, industry, and company.

The Emerging Risks and Benefits of IoT

Forrest Pace, AIG

Sensors will transform how businesses make data-driven decisions. What factors should companies consider when deploying sensors in the workplace? Can a worker be punished because of data collected from an IoT object? We’ll examine these questions and much more.

Showcase (edgy)

Pure Integration 

A product and systems integration company serving leading-edge clients in the communications, technology, and federal industries.

Demo: Wireless security penetration testing and the tools utilized in the 2.4 MHz range, a multi-radio concept, and voice control of multiple retail IOT products and integration to other platforms.

Polyglot Programming 

A boutique consultancy specializing in mobile and wearable solutions.

Demo: Smartphone controlled, low power, sensor based wearable solutions ranging from a Twitter controlled smart shirt to a custom heart rate sensor.

eChain Technology 

Advanced RFID solutions that automate inventory and asset management and provide real-time asset visibility worldwide.

Demo: Low-cost RFID technology capabilities. Physical item movements trigger automatic updates to our cloud inventory management application, providing unique item traceability and real-time visibility.


Delivering connected sensor solutions to industrial and automotive customers.

Demo: A special collaboration with Movinture to demonstrate a visualized transportation solution that includes inputs from discrete and connected sensors.


IoT-enabled, cloud-based work ow business applications. Developed iMtrack – a cloud-based visualization & informatics application delivering insights into instrumented real time data for vehicles, equipment, assets, and resources


A sensory network using xed and mobile sensors across college campuses to offer a suite of “every day” services that are hyper-personalized and hyper- localized using our advanced analytics platform.

Demo: GTlyfe Application that is being rolled out at Georgia Tech. Additionally, a broader prototype that simulates services based on data received from xed and mobile sensor

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eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader

Desktop RFID With Cloud Connectivity

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eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader

eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader

eChain Technology adds an inexpensive Plug and Play Desktop RFID Reader to our comprehensive RFAST Cloud Asset Management solution. Our eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader connects to computer USB port for instant RFID tag reads. Experiment and test reading various RFID tags to understand the capabilities and limitations of this fascinating technology. This is one of the highest power USB desktop readers available, with max power output of 26 dBm and ability to read UHF EPC Gen2 tags up to 3 meters (9 ft). Adjustable frequency means you can legally use this reader in most countries in the world.

Do Something With Your Data

eChain Connect

eChain Connect

For most RFID experiments, this is there the fun ends. You realize that the tag data is displayed on your computer and goes no further. You can’t map the data to an actual asset or location. You can’t even get the data into another system. It simply displays on your computer in its own proprietary application.

So eChain Technology has created a communication app that installs onto your computer and interfaces with the desktop reader. eChain Connect takes the tag data streaming from the reader and securely transmits it using HTTP Post method to the internet where it is loaded into our RFAST application. Now, those seemingly random RFID tag reads become a real-time sensor feed to an enterprise asset management application tracking location and location history of your key assets up to the second.

RFID is Really Fun

eChain is well established in the global technology scene and member of associations like GS1, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). We have been in business since 2001, and have seen RFID capabilities and technologies explode in the last two years, partly due to the focus brought by the Internet of Things (IoT).

RFID Scan Items In BoxRFID is no longer a glorified barcode scanner, but is a true game-changing technology! Low cost tags and antenna technology for long-range reading means that you can literally tag and track anything and everything of value or importance. Read hundreds of item tags at 35 – 50 ft. (instead of 1-5 inches) Count items inside boxes and boxes on pallets automatically. There are literally hundreds of uses for RFID technology.

With UHF RFID, you can see tags inside boxes or drawers. Notice that some tags can be read much further than others. Play with signal strength (RSSI) and frequency bandwidth. How do these settings affect read range? Notice the number of tag reads per second/minute. Can you hide a tag from RFID? Is there anything in your wallet that RFID can scan? How about your toll sticker in your car? Do the tags work on metal, people or liquid? It is really fun to test all these capabilities to fully understand the power and limitations of RFID.

Arduino Linksprite RFID AS3992

Arduino Linksprite RFID AS3992

A significant contributor to RFID visibility and adoption has been the low cost AS3992 UHF RFID Passive Reader Module Kit by Arduino and Cottonwood/Linksprite. At around $220 on eBay, an aspiring engineer can purchase this kit and experiment with UHF RFID. Many emerging tech companies are developing custom applications using the AS3992 for RFID tracking, access control and sensor-based applications.

However, because the AS3992 is actually a science project (circuit board/development kit), moving your work into a real-life production environment requires significant effort including manufacturing enclosures, finalizing software and applications, upgrading power and interface and many other challenges. This is where the eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader proves superior. In addition to being a complete, production-ready RFID reader and solution, the eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader is more powerful and flexible than AS3992.

Production Ready ROI

eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader

eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader

eChain RFAST is designed to work quickly in your environment so that ROI can be generated immediately. No development required! Use the eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader reader to familiarize yourself with RFID technology and capabilities while configuring the RFAST Cloud application to monitor real asset and workflow movements. Test from the hundreds of RFID UHF tag options to find the best tags for your particular environment.

UHF RFID and eChain RFAST Asset Management supports Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulations, eliminates expired goods and lost inventory, enforces FIFO stocking policies, identifies specific stolen goods and returns, and provides to-the-second tracaebility across the globe and in different languages. Customers use RFAST to help anti-counterfeiting, ensure critical stock is always available, track chain of custody, and to quickly identify, locate and remove recalled products. Perform mobile inventory count sweeps simply by walking through a truck or stock room. The uses for this technology are absolutely countless.

How Does RFID-Automation Help Your Business?

Get started today learning how this disruptive technology can work for your business. The eChain USB Desktop RFID Reader is a great way to better understand RFID, and it comes with an easy upgrade path to a production RFID solution for your business. Contact us today. Our RFID Experts are glad to work with you on your specific business challenges and show you what is possible with RFID automation.

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  • Never count stock again
  • Never lose stock again
  • Live stock counts by location
  • Detail history of item movements
  • Serialized stock tracking
  • UDI Compliance out of the box
  • Track things, people & interactions
  • Reorder triggers
  • Text/email alerts
  • Anti-counterfeit
  • Theft Alert for specific items

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Value Proposition

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What If…

What if there was a company with experience tracking and controlling the movement of millions items all over the world; Billions of dollars of goods movements ranging from toilet paper to critical life-saving vaccines. All with transaction volumes of up to 16,000 transactions each day. Each transaction critical, and tracked with an accuracy of 99.999997%.  With analytics and processes that quickly find the root cause?

What if this company had experts and tools that could accurately benchmark your company’s operating performance and find and fix millions of dollars of your item, inventory and operating challenges without disrupting your business, in real time, and in less than one year?

And what if this company used advanced, emerging technologies like low-cost, long-range RFID, high-performance cloud applications, predictive analytics and integrated multi-technology mobile solutions like RF Scanners, hybrid RF/Barcode devices, or used your own smart-phone and tablet? Would you be interested?

Now, what if this solution was affordable enough for the smallest rental center, or scalable enough to work in a multinational corporation? And this company stood by their price, participated in delivering the proposed value milestones, and delivered on time, guaranteed.