Fluensee and 4Front Engineered Solutions Team Up to Offer
RFID Yard Management Solution
Manufacturers, Warehouses and Distribution Centers Win with End-to-End Yard Visibility
ORLANDO — RFID Journal LIVE — April 13, 2011 — Fluensee, a leading provider of RFID asset tracking and supply chain management solutions, today announced the company has executed a strategic agreement with 4Front Engineered Solutions, a global leader in the design and manufacture of safety, productivity and environmental control products for loading dock and warehousing applications. Under this agreement, 4Front will add Fluensee’s RFID yard management system to its existing 4Sight™ yard and dock management system.
Successful yard management requires the ability to track the location and status of all trailers and yard trucks throughout the yard. It also calls for streamlined and automated management of gate schedules and dock assignments. Manual, paper-based systems are incapable of providing this type of up-to-date information. Fluensee Yard™ is a comprehensive yard management system that leverages passive RFID and GPS technologies concurrently to provide real-time locating abilities.
4Front already has customers utilizing the yard management solution. A large food production and processing company has deployed the system to manage between 50-100 arrivals and departures daily, and a constant inventory of 250-300 trailers. Multiple yard truck drivers receiving tasks from dispatchers make more than 300 trailer moves per day to and from more than 30 dock door locations and hundreds of trailer spots throughout a 15-acre yard facility. Among the many business benefits being realized by the processing company include the ability to:
- Reduce inbound/outbound trailer bottlenecks
- Help build effective yard plans, enforce rules and streamline operations
- Improve utilization of yard trucks and dock doors
- Reduce time and labor associated with finding trailers and other yard assets
- Use real-time yard priorities and conditions to assign work to yard trucks
- Eliminate time and labor associated with manual yard inventories
- Record yard truck activity and driver performance
- Enable immediate reactions to yard alerts through real-time communications
- Reduce facility, equipment and vehicle down time
- Increase inventory flows within the yard operation
"The Fluensee yard management solution represents a natural extension to our 4Sight Yard and Dock Management System and nicely complements 4Front’s recognized industry leadership," said Keith Moore, president and CEO, 4Front Engineered Solutions. "This partnership fits well with our clear focus on meeting customers’ needs through innovation, automation and attention to detail."
"We are very excited to have been selected by 4Front Engineered Solutions for the delivery of Fluensee Yard, which will provide 4Front’s customers with improved visibility and operational efficiencies beyond the dock and into the yard." said Tim Harvie, CEO, Fluensee. "Customers quickly see the benefits of implementing a system that leverages passive RFID and GPS technologies to provide improved trailer visibility, timely and accurate inventories, and automated activities across all yard operations."
About 4Front Engineered Solutions
4Front Engineered Solutions based in Carrollton, TX, is the recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of branded truck and rail loading dock equipment and owns the industry’s leading brands: Kelley®, Serco®, LoadHog®, TKO® Dock Doors, 4SIGHT™ and APS Resource®. 4Front offers warehousing, manufacturing, retail and distribution center customers, participating in a variety of end markets throughout the world, the most comprehensive line of highly engineered loading dock systems in the material handling industry. 4Front’s comprehensive product line includes dock levelers, vehicle restraints, dock seals and shelters, energy efficient HVLS fans, impactable dock doors, scissor lift tables, LED dock lights, dock management software, and a complete line of aftermarket products, parts, accessories and service. 4Front’s competitive advantage is supported by a network of more than 130 independent distributor locations worldwide and cost-effective manufacturing centers strategically located throughout North America. Learn more at www.4frontes.com.
Fluensee’s RFID-enabled asset tracking and supply chain management solutions improve the visibility, control and optimization of a company’s mobile and fixed assets. Its flexible, hardware-agnostic software can provide solution-specific or enterprise-level systems allowing companies to use any technology to track any assets within one or multiple locations or departments. The web-based software is provided as both a perpetual license and as a SaaS based hosted application, both of which allow integration into existing systems and offer an unlimited amount of scalability. Fluensee’s universal AssetTrack™ solution helps companies better monitor and utilize IT assets, returnable containers, high-value equipment and other business-essential assets in various industries. Fluensee Yard™ extends that visibility into distribution center and warehouse environments to better control trucks, trailers, switchers and loads as they move throughout the yard. Formed in 2005 and headquartered in Englewood, CO, Fluensee’s logistics and RFID experience is being used to serve customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.fluensee.com.
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