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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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