Wireless Network Monitoring

For Manufacturing and Distribution Centers

Reliable Wi-Fi is a must for your manufacturing business to run effectively. But a lot can go wrong with it. 7SIGNAL’s platform will help you find and fix the Wi-Fi issues that arise in your complex environments.

No matter the type of goods that your manufacturing or distribution company produces, one thing is certain: Productivity is lower and operations can become inefficient if there are a lot of issues with the wireless network.

For operations to run smoothly, you need the ability to make decisions in real-time, as well as instantly scan and manage inventory, fill orders, and attend to customers. This requires continuous network uptime. And while many Wi-Fi problems exist across industries, there are several common issues that come up frequently in manufacturing and similar networks.

Within these environments, it’s easy to see why so much could go wrong. Warehouses, factories, and distribution centers tend to have higher ceilings, steel construction, more machinery in the space, and lots of shelving and stock. All of these factors can cause interference and negatively impact performance.

Some issues we’ve resolved for our customers:

  • Unreliable Wi-Fi connections

    Unreliable connections are the basic problem for manufacturing wireless networks—and really, for many different types of companies across various industries. But the issue is common enough in manufacturing or warehouse settings that some companies are reluctant to employ wireless internet on the factory floor at all—because mission-critical operations depend on a seamless connection. With various business-essential applications and machinery all existing within one large space, unreliable Wi-Fi is a major issue.

    But consistent connections can be achieved with strategies like Wireless Network Monitoring, from 7SIGNAL.  Our Wireless Network Monitoring platform finds network weaknesses, and continuously tests the WLAN to solve issues proactively—before they escalate to impact the end-user.

  • Poor coverage

    Another common issue is poor coverage throughout a manufacturing or warehouse space. This is likely to happen if you deploy either too many or too few access points (APs) or otherwise have a poor AP design.

    We’ve written a popular Blog about using Wireless Network Monitoring as a design tool.  Check it out!

  • Roaming issues

    Having issues with your Pickers and Scanners or workstations on wheels?  Roaming allows users to move throughout the network’s coverage area seamlessly without losing service. When a device moves from one access point (AP) to the next, there’s no interruption. Without adequate roaming support, connections could be lost when they’re needed most.

    7SIGNAL’s Mobile Eye module lives on the client (device) and tracks roaming issues, co-channel and adjacent channel interference, adapter / driver issues and much more.

  • Poor performance due to warehouse materials

    The materials within a warehouse, including equipment and stock, could cause problems with Wi-Fi within the space. How do you find out what’s causing the problems?

    7SIGNAL’s Sapphire Eye includes a full-spectrum analyzer that will help reveal issues including:

    • Signal quality and effectiveness of channel utilization – Co-channel interference (transmissions on the same frequency in the same area) can be remedied with a configuration change. Channel overlap is a common problem since 2.4 GHz has only three non-overlapping channels.
    • Background noise This is an unavoidable factor since electromagnetic energy is part of nature and all around us. Engineers will look for background noise that exceeds this base level and may come from sources like overhead fluorescent lighting, arc welders and medical diathermy machines. If your facility is near an airport, radar can also affect your Wi-Fi.
    • Spectral signature – Wi-Fi patterns are transmitted at varying bit rate speeds. Higher bit rates are more complex transmissions and are more easily disrupted by interference. RF engineers can let you know what interference levels you have or can expect based on your bit rate.
    • Non-Wi-Fi interference – Coherent transmissions come from devices that intentionally emit a meaningful signal. Security systems and Bluetooth are two examples of non-Wi-Fi tech that can disrupt your network.
    • Radiated noise – This is RF interference that contains no data, such as from car alarms or microwave ovens. These incoherent sources don’t deliberately transmit or compete for signal space but can cause just as many problems.

Which module from the 7SIGNAL platform is right for your environment?

  • Sapphire Eye™ is a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi sensor developed and patented by 7SIGNAL. Sapphire Eye hardware sensors are installed on-site and are uniquely designed to measure wireless network service quality remotely by accessing cloud-based software.
  • Mobile Eye™ is a Software as a Service (SaaS) application developed and patented by 7SIGNAL. Mobile Eye is installed on the end user’s wireless device and empowers organizations to continuously monitor the wireless network from the end user’s perspective – ensuring application and wireless device performance is optimized.

We’ll help you choose the right solution!  Select the option below, that best fits your needs. 

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