Product News: Panasonic's new software for its Logiscend System

Aug. 10, 2021
Expands real-time location system and enterprise-configuration capabilities of the Logiscend Platform.

Panasonic introduced a new version of software for its Panasonic Logiscend System, a turnkey material-flow management solution for complex, discrete manufacturing. Logiscend Software 3.0 enhances the Logiscend platform’s location-management capabilities, user access controls and data provisioning, and pick-and-replenishment configurability, per its maker.

Logiscend Software 3.0 delivers an expanded Real Time Location System (RTLS) by integrating Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags and locators. Users can track and locate any part at any time with a high degree of accuracy, increasing efficiency by providing visibility of bottlenecks and triggering automated workflows based on small changes in the location of assets, says Panasonic. BLE tags and locators can be combined with Panasonic VIEW tags for the additional benefit of eliminating paper and providing real time instructions to the manufacturing floor.

With BLE, manufacturers can take advantage of lower total cost of ownership for their IoT solutions because of the long battery-life performance and lower device pricing due to economies of scale, driven by the widespread adoption of Bluetooth in the commercial market.

“The addition of BLE technology further advances the Logiscend platform’s ability to optimize manufacturing operations by increasing throughput, reducing defects, and improving visibility of critical processes,” said George Daddis, vice president, Panasonic PIDSA-IIoTS. “The integration of BLE technology is the latest example of our focus on incorporating different IoT technologies within the Logiscend platform to support the specific use cases of each manufacturer.”

With Logiscend 3.0 software, additional data-segmentation management tools have been added that provide administrators with enhanced control over who has access to what data in the Logiscend system. Segmenting data based on groups and departments means certain information can be viewed and edited only by those with the appropriate credentials.

Logiscend 3.0 software also enhances the configurability of the Logiscend system’s pick-and-replenishment applications. New features include an external lighted-button accessory that indicates where a part needs to be placed to satisfy a replenishment order, reverse colors for pick tags for easier readability, a password requirement to cancel open jobs, and API calls to update replenishment stages on the VIEW tags.

Logiscend Software 3.0 will be available during the fourth quarter of 2021.