How can location technology optimize your production process and resource efficiency in real-time? Together with ASM, KINEXON developed an end-to-end solution including ultra-precise RTLS and a powerful software platform that provided fast results and enabled opportunities for continuous automation.
“To leverage the full potential of Industry 4.0 for our production facilities, we needed an innovative and flexible solution that scales. KINEXON developed a customized solution that met all our needs.”
ASM exemplifies the diverse applications of KINEXON’s RTLS portfolio and RIoT Platform. With the initial goal of optimizing ASM’s production, the pandemic created an entirely new set of challenges for established production processes in 2020. KINEXON reacted quickly an presented a reliable solution to ensure safe distancing for essential ASM employees. With KINEXON SafeZone, the world’s most trusted digital solution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through contact warning and contact tracing was born.
ASM’s built-to-order concept follows a tight schedule. All modules of a machine are mounted manually at separate production islands. ASM was looking for an early warning system to identify bottlenecks and problems in order to optimize production capacity in real time.
In order to track the production process and worker utilization within the production islands in real time, ASM needed a localization solution that is reliable and centimeter-precise. At the same time, they expected the availability of individual configurations within the solution. In contrast to a BLE solution that was simultaneously piloted, KINEXON delivered an ultra-precise UWB RTLS solution powered by its location-based automation platform to fulfill these requirements.
After equipping assets and assembly carts with the KINEXON ePaper Tag, and workers with KINEXON Worker Tag, the location-based automation platform could detect tangible optimization opportunities within weeks: it analyzed how the number of assembly carts needed can be reduced and how to manage production assets at the main assembly line more efficiently.
A roll-out of KINEXON’s solution is currently planned for three more ASM locations.
4 different types of machines are built on the main assembly line. The tracking of each individual assembly step for each machine type provides ASM with unprecedented transparency via the KINEXON RIoT platform. This allows the team to optimize each process, detect issues early on, and identify bottlenecks for an ideal process flow without unproductive downtimes.
Workers along the assembly line are equipped with the KINEXON Worker Tag. In conjunction with the order tracking, ASM can calculate and visualize the degree of value added in real time. This enables ASM to plan and optimize their resources globally across plants.
Assets and load carriers are equipped with UWB-enabled KINEXON X‑Tags. This provides full transparency about their precise locations, eliminating costly search times and highlighting saving potentials when it comes to resource allocation.
With the KINEXON ePaper Tag, ASM is leveraging the unique combination of ultra-precise UWB localization and interactive e‑ink displays for smarter production. The ePaper Tag allows employees to proactively communicate updates, warnings, and upcoming process steps in real time between assets and the RIoT software via button press.
Digitizing production papers creates a full digital thread about all production steps, eliminating the need for manual and error-prone paper. Paperless Production with the ePaper Tag optimizes communication and process quality by providing information about upcoming production steps as well as digital timers, which ASM uses to guarantee appropriate drying times for glue on circuit boards.
ASM and KINEXON’s project team wanted to solve a key issue: Minimizing errors at assembly lines and increasing their production sustainability
The KINEXON ePaper Tag proved to be the ideal solution: It combines the benefits of ultra-precise real-time UWB localization with smart e‑ink technology. This allows ASM to digitize their complete material flow process and to visual all production relevant data correct and up-to-date right at the asset, reducing the error potential of manual, paper-based documentation. The integrated button enables employees to send real-time warnings, update production steps, and track utilization for further in-depth resource and process analyses.
ASM Assembly Systems is a leading supplier of semiconductor process equipment for wafer processing in the telecommunication, automotive, IT, entertainment as well as the automation industries. ASM supports companies around the globe with establishing integrated and smart factories. ASM’s development and production plants with 2,200 employees are located in the US, Germany, Singapore, and Malaysia. www.asm.com
ASM is utilizing several wireless network technologies within their production facilities. In order to prevent interferences and providing the most precise localization data in this complex industrial environment, KINEXON’s UWB-based RTLS was the perfect choice.
KINEXON’s open RIoT platform enables operations teams to interact directly with the software to create custom geofences, automate processes, conduct flexible analyses, and synchronize real-time data with other applications. The location-based automation platform offers flexibility to scale automation and add more and more use cases.
KINEXON’s project and consulting team supports and advises ASM with the identification, planning, and setup of use cases as well as user onboarding. The team works closely with ASM to implement custom solutions with the goal of fast project RoI with a low number of iterations.
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