Omnitrol Networks provides what it calls “intelligent edge” solutions for manufacturing, which integrate wireless, RFID and sensor technologies on a single network. JBPrice will focus on Omnitrol’s real-time Work in Process (WIP) visibility solution. WIP visibility is a baseline requirement in lean and agile manufacturing.
“We believe that the Omnitrol solution meets our customer’s requirements for low cost, ease of installation and use, and robust dependability in difficult environments” said Ben Price, owner of JBPrice. Central Texas is home to manufacturers of all sizes and verticals, including aerospace; medical devices; capital equipment; and heavy machinery, among others. Price has observed the challenges and needs of manufacturers in the region first hand, and believes that in the current climate, they require short-term and measurable results.
“Traditionally, middleware has been the stumbling block for many clients in the adoption of [network solutions],“ said Price. “Multiple vendors, platforms and data formats, high levels of required customization, and limited integration make what should be a straight-forward task into expensive, long-term, incomplete projects.”
Omnitrol Networks’ family of flexible solutions eliminates technology-dependent middleware and back-end application integration, in favor of the device- and platform-agnostic OMNITROL Appliance. Legacy sensors such as barcode and PLC are easily integrated with RF and UWB sensors, all of which flow into a real-time feedback loop for process control. Further, the OMNITROL Appliance software-based engine implements business rules and provides real-time dashboards and reports (connecting “shop floor to shopfloor” and “shop floor to top floor”). Finally, Omnitrol offers connectors that integrate the appliance (without lengthy customization) with such ERP systems as SAP and Oracle.
Open-loop connectivity for competitive advantage
An Omnitrol Network creates visibility between multiple sites, or multiple business partners, in a single infrastructure. That, Price describes, is the “holy grail” in a globally outsourced business climate—particularly in Texas with its strong base of contract manufacturers. Peer-to-peer visibility is a strong differentiator among contract manufacturers, and strongly desired by OEMs which require visibility into outsourced operations.
On the ground in Central Texas
Omnitrol Networks believes it has found just the right partner for the Central Texas region. “JBPrice brings exceptional expertise, which combined with our proven EPC-global asset tracking and traceability solution, will result in a powerful resource for industries in Texas seeking to solve and scale the challenges faced in maintaining complete traceability of their assets”, notes Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, vice-president of business development at Omnitrol Networks.
“Customer awareness and education on the Omnitrol Networks product line are integral to our business,” adds Rishy-Maharaj. The company strives to educate manufacturers on the value and benefits of Omnitrol solutions through video, trade shows, presentations and webinars, and “feet on the street” presence is vital to reaching Central Texas. “With the JBPrice agreement, customers in Central Texas will now have another option for exploring what an Omnitrol solution can do,” says Rishy-Maharaj.
About Omnitrol Networks, Inc.
Omnitrol Networks Inc. (omnitrol.com) is a leading provider of complete EPC-based business application solutions for the emerging wireless, RFID and sensor automation market. The company's award-winning OMNITROL appliance and Edge Application and Services Engine (EASE™) software have pioneered the market for “Always On” real-time operational visibility, traceability and automation solutions. The OMNITROL’s unique edge-centric solution architecture enables the industry's most flexible and reliable means to deploy scalable Auto-ID application intelligent networks at the lowest total cost of ownership in the market. Omnitrol Networks Inc. is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA.
JBPrice (jbprice.com) is a San Antonio company specializing in radio frequency based solutions for manufacturing and asset management. JBPrice is RFID+ certified, and a Certified Partner for Omnitrol Networks. JBPrice covers the Central Texas Region, providing sales and support for the complete Omnitrol Networks line of manufacturing and asset management solutions. JBPrice is a proud member of the San Antonio and New Braunfels Manufacturers Associations.