Business and industrial products company Brother International Corp. is managing the quality of its white ink, based on agitation during production, via Internet of Things (IoT) technology provided by Bastian Solutions and Quuppa. Bastian's BlueHound system enables Brother to track work-in-progress as it makes white ink used for direct-to-garment (DTG) printing operations. Brother has declined to comment for this story.
With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based technology, the print technology company can track the status of its ink products based on how often they are agitated, for the purpose of quality assurance. The system consists of Quuppa's tags attached to ink agitator machines, in order to detect when the equipment is running and transmit that data to a cloud-based server. The software captures and analyzes the information to determine when agitation took place for each batch of white ink, and for how long, thereby ensuring the proper ink viscosity.
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