How can location technology optimize your production process and resource efficiency in real-time? Together with ASMPT, 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.”
ASMPT exemplifies the diverse applications of KINEXON’s RTLS portfolio and location-based process automation software. With the initial goal of optimizing ASMPT’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 ASMPT 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.
ASMPT’s built-to-order concept follows a tight schedule. All modules of a machine are mounted manually at separate production islands. ASMPT 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, ASMPT 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 process automation software 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 ASMPT 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 ASMPT with unprecedented transparency via KINEXON OS. This allows the team to optimize each process, detect issues early on, and identify bottlenecks for an ideal process flow without unproductive downtimes.
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, ASMPT 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 KINEXON OS 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 ASMPT uses to guarantee appropriate drying times for glue on circuit boards.
ASMPT 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 ASMPT 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.
ASMPT 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. ASMPT supports companies around the globe with establishing integrated and smart factories. ASMPT’s development and production plants with 2,200 employees are located in the US, Germany, Singapore, and Malaysia. www.smt.asmpt.com
ASMPT 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 location-based process automation software 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 software offers flexibility to scale automation and add more and more use cases.
KINEXON’s project and consulting team supports and advises ASMPT with the identification, planning, and setup of use cases as well as user onboarding. The team works closely with ASMPT to implement custom solutions with the goal of fast project RoI with a low number of iterations.