ARS Attending Fabtech 2023
Visit us from September 11-24, 2023, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL to see our industry-leading hot and cold mill automation pulpits. Learn novel approaches to solving safety, PPE, coil tracking, crane operations, and outbound shipping via rail and truck. Our solutions are solid and reliable with deployments at the Top 10 steel and aluminum mills worldwide and the Top 10 mills in the USA. Contact Jim Policheri (J.policheri@AmericanRFIDsolutions.com) for reasons why our new algorithms and automation hardware are must-haves for steel and aluminum mills.
TrackStar goes Live at Leading Power Provider in Southern USA
A power company serving more than one million end users has chosen TrackStar for its automation needs. The energy company will use TrackStar to count and locate transformers, poles, vehicles, and other high-value assets in real-time by a user-defined policy. Since the system is capable of handling every item in inventory, plus those at remote sites, and any other items currently in use for the infrastructure, it gives real-time dashboards on the status of components keeping the power grid either running or expanding to stakeholders – TrackStar automates dashboards to supply this information in real-time. Project launch in Q1 2023. Repeat the order signifying another happy client.
The largest Energy Company in the USA Chooses TrackStar
ARS’ TrackStar platform performs asset tracking for the largest energy company in the United States. The project delivers automation for real-time transaction records. Transactions are user-defined. Supporting tracking and reconciliation of all desired items. The powerful system allows an event engine to generate transactions by the user’s policy for storage, movement, inventory, preventive maintenance, re-stocking, job costing, etc. A breakthrough innovation for infrastructure MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) consumables and CAPEX BOM (bill of materials). Imagine understanding where all the stuff to keep the power grid either running or expanding is known to stakeholders – TrackStar automates dashboards to supply this information in real time. Project launch in Q1 2023.Expanding business for our utility division.
Spectrum Health System Launches Mobile Asset Tracking
TrackStar Mobile manages all consumable and fixed assets within the hospital campus containing over 4,000 staff. Capable of handling over twenty-five thousand inventory items within all approved locations. Our solution gave a breakthrough performance to redefine inventory for the Operating Suite. Inventory productivity went from 10 hours to 2 minutes with zero human error. For unapproved inventory moves, the system flags the policy violation allowing users/security to take countermeasures. This project expansion represents repeat business for our hospital division.
Top 3 USA Steel Producer Chooses TrackStar
CoilTrak provides crane positioning, anti-collision, and coil tracking throughout a multi-crane campus. The project will take 18 months to fully implement. Upon completion, the cold mill will have an enhanced pulpit offering 360-degree real-time information covering all aggregate and individual crane operations, and WIP/FGI inventory for all coils within its facility. Another repeat order and an example of customer loyalty.
The top 10 steel producers in the world Choose track star’s RailPro
RailPro solution expanded to additional rail lines at an existing customer site. The units supplement the hot mill pulpit with the geodetic location of items in the tracked workflow. The big win for the customer was geodetic accuracy for greater granularity and a dramatic increase in shipped tonnage per day. Repeat the order for our steel mill division.
Leading Defense Contractor Chooses TrackStar for New Production Facility
TrackStar provides real-time tracking for 500,000 assets per year in a new state-of-the-art, 5 million square foot manufacturing facility. This facility uses tracks tar’s wireless tracking systems with extremely low-cost energy harvesting devices to autonomously transmit over 10,000 location updates per day on key workflows with no human intervention. A repeat order from a happy customer.
TrackStar Goes Live at the Second Largest Public Transit Authority in the USA
TrackStar monitors fixed and mobile equipment providing transit to over two hundred billion passengers a year. This is a perfect fit for our TrackStar product that manages 1 trillion location requests per year.TrackStar is a large-scale platform with extreme volume sites like this around the world. A repeat order illustrates how well we take care of our customers.
Cornwell Health Extends Relationship with ARS
We are excited to announce a multi-year extension to providing RFID automation to the Corewell Health System.TrackStar augments capabilities to fight the pandemic, making staff and patients safer. Specifically, our SuperHarp hand hygiene system is a real-time tool for containing the spread of COVID-19 along with other HAIs.Repeat order for our hospital division.
American RFID Solutions Partners with Amazon
We are proud to announce a 5-year commitment with Amazon to be a preferred hosting partner. By combining ARS’ market-leading TrackStar product (#1 in steel mills, railroads, utilities, and hospitals) with AWS’s 26 million square feet of data centers we offer our clients redundancy, rapid set-up, data/network security and the best total cost of ownership. A capability to keep us compatible with all major operating systems and security protocols for data at rest or transient.
2nd Largest steel producer in the world Chooses tracks tar’s RailPro
We win again; our steel mill solution automates tracking and managing millions of tons of steel annually moving via truck and rail. This installation integrates with our CoilTrak system to provide real-time visibility into the hot mill production, work in process, finished goods, crane operations, and outbound shipping via rail. Increased rail car tonnage by automating manifests to comply with rail car maximum load capacity. The system went live meeting stakeholders’ criteria for an increase in accuracy, productivity, safety, and ROI.This a repeat purchase for our steel mill division.
JOHNS HOPKINS, Baltimore MD DEPLOYS TRACKSTAR
Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are pleased to see the expansion of our TrackStar platform to another prestigious hospital such as Johns Hopkins. This is a continuing evolution of ambient intelligence, something I pointed out in my 1990 TED talk. Seeing the velocity of TrackStar and HARP dramatically grow and be accepted by hospitals is part of my master plan to help transform the paradigm of healthcare.” Clampitt believes in the future, hospitals will not even think about providing care without billions of messages every month checking, double checking, and optimizing workflow, patient safety, and outcomes. TrackStar systems are deployed in hospitals, steel mills, factories, and many other segments that value data for decision calculus. Organizations depend on it for millions of measurements every hour to manage their complex workflows, easily!
DUPONT HOSPITAL, Fort Wayne IN DEPLOYS TRACKSTAR
Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are pleased to see the expansion of our TrackStar platform to prestigious hospitals such as Dupont Hospital. Our mission is to simultaneously drive down the cost of care while improving patient safety and outcomes. We are doing this by clever usage of mature technology like the RFID sensor that last year deployed over 16 billion units worldwide.” Clampitt believes RFID is one of the best tools to drive efficacy at hospitals.
STANFORD HEALTH CARE, Palo Alto CA DEPLOYS TRACKSTAR
Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are pleased to see the expansion of our TrackStar platform to prestigious hospitals such as Stanford Health Care. This continues our passion to serve hospitals.” Clampitt wants to leverage energy harvesting sensors to automate data collection and help hospitals do more with less!
CLEVELAND CLINIC, Cleveland OH DEPLOYS TRACKSTAR
Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are pleased to see the expansion of our TrackStar platform to a great hospital such as the Cleveland Clinic. This is the start of a digital gain of increasing returns for hospitals. RFID is now mature enough with low cost and extreme performance to do even more important tasks for hospitals.” Clampitt is a visionary who sees ambient intelligence gathered by automation as a new way to solve persistent economic challenges faced by hospitals.
TRACKSTAR ECLIPSES 1+ BILLION DATA MESSAGES EACH MONTH
TrackStar is processing billions of measurements every month for Lakeland Hospital to perfect hand hygiene compliance, workflows, patient-staff interactions, nurse rounding, end-of-shift bedside reports, inventory turns, PAR stocking levels, LOT expiration, stock cycle counting, AND many other use cases. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “This is a transformative breakthrough. In the future, hospitals will not even think about providing care without billions of messages every month checking, double checking, and optimizing patient safety and outcomes.”
HARP HAND HYGIENE ADDS MOTION DETECTION FOR AN EXTRA SENSE
HARP, the leader in hand hygiene compliance solutions, expands its hardware platform to track more types of hand hygiene events. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “This new capability allows HARP to trigger on movement permitting more innovative means to capture, record and determine hand-wash opportunities.” HARP units are deployed in hospitals throughout the USA.
LEAR’S EUROPEAN PLANT ADOPTS TRACK STAR
Lear Corporation leverages TrackStar, to manage JIT flow to its customers. With hundreds of plants worldwide, TrackStar ensures shipments with the right content depart to the right destination at the correct time. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are deeply embedded in the value chain at Lear and help them eliminate delays, bottlenecks, and logistical problems to improve on-time performance for their demanding customers. We are proud to help them achieve top-tier performance with TrackStar deployments in their plants around the world.”
HARP HAND HYGIENE IMPROVES ENERGY EFFICIENCY
TrackStar processes millions of HARP hand hygiene events as a routine task in its daily duty. Each event is an empirical tally for recognizing and scoring a hand wash. As a result of this activity, the HARP module within TrackStar is the foremost utility for capturing, processing and presenting hand hygiene events. HARP is an acronym for Hand-wash Activity Reporting Platform. HARP is now equipped with a new state machine that toggles between a low-energy sleep state and hand-wash capture mode. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our lower HARP energy budget improves efficiency for devices that run 24×7, 365 days a year.” HARP units are deployed in hospitals throughout the USA.
TRACK STAR IS COMPATIBLE WITH ISO OPEN STANDARD AND ADDS HL7
The TrackStar multi-campus hospital enterprise system is fully compatible with the International Standards Organization’s efforts to make the passive RFID specification a universal open standard. By also adding HL7 to its repertoire TrackStar is now able to leverage more open standards within the hospital ecosystem than any other incumbent. TrackStar fully integrates with the software stack in the hospital IT space. Since its inception, TrackStar has been compatible with the open standard movement. Its past successes include compliance to Gen1, Gen 2, and in its mature form the current ISO/IEC 18000-part 6 standard making TrackStar comport to the largest automatic ID architecture in the world. The adoption of HL7 TrackStar brings all its capabilities and benefits to hospitals. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our efforts to remain within the open standards world offers our customers numerous suppliers for their RFID infrastructure thereby giving them competitive choice to ensure the best return on their investment. The addition of the HL7 standard makes data integration universal and ensures RFID benefits may touch all facets of hospital operations”.
HAND HYGIENE DETECTION SPEEDS UP
All hospitals deploying the TrackStar HARP (Hand-wash Activity Reporting Platform) solution for hand hygiene management are now able to double their ability to process more hand washes using the existing hardware. TrackStar engineers improved their digital signal processing (DSP) to shorten dwell time to detect a hand wash. The purpose-built hardware is now able to respond within milli-seconds allowing rapid detection of hand wash activity. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “The HARP module within TrackStar is now able to do its job better and faster. Our benchmarks at Lakeland Hospital and others confirm these huge gains.” This upgrade was rolled out to the HARP fleet using tracks tar’s auto-updater. HARP units are deployed in hospitals throughout the USA.
ANOTHER TRACK STAR WIN FOR HAND HYGIENE VIA SUPERIOR PATIENT QUARANTINE PROTOCOL
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product continues to IMPROVE how hand hygiene best practices reduce cost and risk for the patient and the hospital. A new algorithm and sensor integration allow Infection Preventionists to set up, schedule, and measure different workflow protocols for a quarantined room due to a hospital-acquired infection. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar quarantine rules engine provides a capability to ensure the best antibacterial agents and their correct application by every caregiver entering and leaving the restricted area. A major improvement in dealing with C-Diff and the superbugs that are plaguing hospitals.And most importantly a new method of lowering patient risk and improving their safety!”
A 75-TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM ADOPTS TRACKSTAR FOR PATIENT AMBULATION
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for understanding PATIENT ambulation after surgery.TrackStar algorithms and sensors now measure the individual ad-hoc patient effort plus physical therapy’s success in driving ambulation to speed recovery for hip and knee replacements safely. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar patient ambulation metric allows the care team to optimize ambulation thereby reducing the length of stay and increasing the probability for a successful surgical outcome. A huge gain for the patient and the hospital!”
LEAR CORPORATION SELECTS TRACK STAR
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship solution now serves Lear Corporation for tracking direct labor hours, raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods movement. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our capability to measure hundreds of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and understand the plant productivity was critical in winning this new client and expanding trackstar’s use cases served.”
A 20 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM AWARDS TRACK STAR AS ITS TOOL FOR REDUCING OPERATING ROOM INFECTION RISK
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for understanding infection risk during surgery.TrackStar algorithms and sensors now measure the risk of infection for each operating room. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar infection risk management system offers the surgeon a means to understand the quality of his preference card and OR room activity with empirical measurements to assess the risk of infection during every surgery.”
THOREK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CHOOSES TRACK STAR
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product is now at Thorek Memorial Hospital delivering better nursing care in their patient tower. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “This celebrates another win in our hometown Chicagoland market where we have clients ranging from the Chicago Botanic Gardens to our newest local client, Thorek Memorial Hospital. Sixteen years ago when I started the company we traveled the world to meet payroll because RFID and sensor technology was in its infancy, now our business in Chicago alone eclipses what we did in those early years. It is satisfying to see our rise in healthcare prominence. Being able to make a difference to humanity is a great reward for our investments and team expertise.”
A 35-TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM USES TRACKSTAR FOR MEASURING PAR LEVELS
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product manages PAR-level inventory for every department in the hospital.ARS makes this feasible by using low-cost RFID tags as a means to count the stock levels in each area. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar PAR level algorithms eliminate human error in counting PAR quantities for any stock area. It is amazing to see how out-of-stock conditions drop with this reliable and low-cost TrackStar automation.”
A 500-TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM USES TRACK STAR FOR MEASURING PATIENT INTERACTIONS TO UNDERSTAND THE COST OF CARE
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a breakthrough measurement to track caregivers’ interactions with patients. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar benefit of tracking all interactions with patients offers hospitals a means to capture per patient cost of care during the length of stay. An innovation that computes a gross margin for all direct labor at the hospital.TrackStar measures care down to the second giving hospitals the means to understand labor costs for everyone on their payroll. Something a for-profit business considers a MUST HAVE to ensure they are obtaining adequate financial reimbursement to be viable for the next year’s business cycle. It is very rewarding to see this capability be available for hospitals”.
A 100-TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM USES TRACKSTAR FOR END OF SHIFT BED SIDE REPORTING TO IMPROVE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a new report to help hospitals manage patient-facing workflow. Unit managers have a browser-driven tool to measure how patients learn about their medical condition regularly from the multi-disciplinary care teams that regularly round on patients. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our new TrackStar enhancement is in line with our vision to make it easy for hospitals to measure their ability to communicate personalized care and wellness campaigns directly to patients.TrackStar now measures these touch-points and offers a scorecard for all stakeholders – doctors, nurses, and patients to see how well the hospital systematically promotes understanding of the patient’s condition and the caregiver’s effort to make it better. A beautiful and meaningful way to drive better HCAHP scores says, Clampitt.”
A 50 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM ADOPTS TRACK STAR FOR DASHBOARDS TO AID NURSES
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a module to display floor plans showing the precise location of tracked assets. Nurses may now find the closest smart pump, wheelchair, or bronchoscope to ensure they have the medical equipment they need for their patients. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We strive to have TrackStar make meaningful contributions to our hospital clients. Our study in a top 50 healthcare system shows a 78% reduction in search time to find medical equipment. It is exciting to make the nurse’s job easier and eliminate hoarding. Another innovation in giving first class service to our hospital clients.”
TOP STEEL PRODUCER IN THE WORLD ADOPTS TRACK STAR
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for improving the order to ship time in the steel mill. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our capability to reduce the logistics and time for shipping activity allowed TrackStar to become the “gold” standard for the mill to manage its product outflow.”
TRACKSTAR EXPANDS ITS ROLE IN HEALTHCARE
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS modules to serve the whole hospital. Akin to Microsoft’s Office supporting the needs of a professional with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; TrackStar is now deployed across all major hospital departments from Surgery to Purchasing. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “It is exciting to see TrackStar elevate the patient experience by helping hospitals do many of their core tasks faster and better. We are improving simple tasks to complicated procedures. The range of TrackStar’s impact now touches a vast number of workflows. Such as (1) bed turns, (2) patient rounding, (3) OR room turnover, (4) inventory turns, (5) hand hygiene, and many more. It makes us proud to help save lives while also simultaneously raising efficiency to ensure our hospital partners are financially strong to fulfill their mission of patient concentric care.”
ARS expands TrackStar service to cover Hill-Rom’s international facilities becoming a global partner in their healthcare business. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “We are proud to have earned Hill-Rom’s loyalty with this major expansion. We love long-term relationships and will make extraordinary efforts to earn that status. This TrackStar expansion is evidence of our commitment to customer excellence and our efforts to serve Hill-Rom by helping them grow and make more money.”
TOP 100 US STEEL PRODUCER PICKS TRACKSTAR
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship solution now serves an Indiana steel mill by tracking slabs to finished coil production. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “Our capability to reduce the time from order to shipping allowed TrackStar to become the “gold” standard for the mill to manage its product outflow.”
INNOVATION IN HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTION
TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product offers breakthrough evidence of significantly improving hand hygiene compliance by providing a tool for caregivers to track their performance. Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “The TrackStar eco-system easily handled the tracking of millions of hand washes to drive compliance by double-digit improvements while lowering process variance from 17 to 2.1 %. Statistically significant gain our hospital partner rewarded this achievement by expanding our solutions to all patient rooms. It represents another proud milestone in trackstar’s rise to help hospitals perform better.”