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Boeing Tapestry Launches Enterprise Sensor Integration

By Chrissie Cluney May 22, 2018

Boeing, which is the parent of Tapestry Solutions, announced that its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) software platform has launched at BAE Systems’ Nashua facility in New Hampshire.

The introduction of Tapestry’s ESI is part of BAE Systems’ large-scale effort to standardize and automate the infrastructure for its manufacturing operations. Plans have begun to implement ESI at additional BAE Systems’ manufacturing plants in other states such as New Jersey, Texas and California.

“We are pleased to provide BAE Systems with a flexible, sustainable platform that not only integrates with existing networks, but is also scalable to allow for future growth,” said Michael Spencer, vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Tapestry Solutions. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with BAE Systems.”

ESI integrates myriad sensor technologies that track, monitor and control assets and workflow processes. The platform also integrates smart Internet-enabled devices, or Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, into one intelligent and interactive network. The software uses the power of big data and analytics to boost manufacturing efficiency, productivity and profitability.

ESI works as a sensor-agnostic solution so it is capable of solving connectivity challenges in the evolving digital landscape. The software also integrates with a customer organization’s legacy and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and operates in the cloud or on dedicated servers.

The ESI installation at the Nashua plant involved the integration of Impinj Speedway Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers, Mojix STAR wide-area RFID sensors and readers and several ERP and asset management/ordering systems.

ESI mirrors Automated Identification Technology (AIT), which is the sensor integration solution implemented across fifty Boeing assembly plants. AIT saved Boeing more than $100 million in its first year alone through decreased assembly time, automated asset receipt/payment, enhanced inventory management and improved quality and safety.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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