Laboratory equipment tracking, or asset tracking, solutions use IoT-enabled sensors such as RFID technology to monitor the location and usage of laboratory equipment and assets, in order to prevent loss and increase productivity through utilization.
Laboratory equipment is often used across multiple departments or offices and mistakes it tracking, check-in, or check-out can lead to unnecessary purchases, replacements, and downtime as labs struggle to work around missing equipment. As many labs are under strict budgeting constraints, when an expensive piece of equipment goes missing, they may not be able to replace it at all.
Laboratory equipment tracking solutions enable labs to quickly locate missing equipment, saving time spent looking for it; monitor equipment utilization; and optimize maintenance and calibration schedules to minimize downtime and increase productivity.
Most laboratory asset tracking solutions use water-resistant RFID labels to identify and track equipment as it moves through or between labs. These tags are used to check equipment in and out of labs or, if it goes missing, will register on a handheld device that can locate the asset and direct a user to it.