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How KINEXON OS Supports Automotive Assembly

This is part three of a three-part series exploring the potential of Location-Based Process Automation for the automotive industry, based on an Assembly Magazine interview conducted with KINEXON. In the final part of the series, we outline how KINEXON OS supports automotive production and assembly. 

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The Key to Autonomous Operations with Location-Based Process Automation

With KINEXON OS, we provide you with a powerful, real-time operating system to analyze, optimize, and automate all processes via location technologies. Through BLE, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and GPS, KINEXON OS enables leading customers in manufacturing to cut costs, increase cycle speed, and optimize quality in production-critical processes. We’ve made it our mission to add value to unlimited use cases for our customers from day one.

The true magic of KINEXON OS lies in its ability to integrate and scale with no extensive IT skills. That means you can start your digitalization journey as small, or as big as you would like, and our software will offer unlimited automation opportunities for you to explore. You can centralize all your location data sources from inside and outside the factory doors, while unlocking more data than you know what to do with. This will offer your OT teams all the data they need to optimize and automate your production processes across all your assembly lines. 

The Power of UWB in KINEXON OS

According to KINEXON Inc. CEO Mehdi Bentanfous, the main difference between passive RFID and UWB technology is in the kind of localization data they generate. While RFID creates selective point-in-time data, UWB can generate continuous, uninterrupted real-time data throughout a defined space. UWB technology is superior to RFID technology [when it comes to] data generation, data communication, and flexibility,” claims Bentanfous. In terms of data generation, both UWB RTLS and RFID use tags to generate location data. However, instead of RFID’s traditional gate system, UWB uses a flexible anchor network to calculate the precise, real-time position of assets.

UWB has an extremely low latency, which allows [end users] to trigger events, such as activating the appropriate torque for the respective production step, in real time. Combined with our software, it is the gold standard for precision and agility across industries.”

A major difference to RFID is that UWB is capable of dynamically communicating data that supports efforts to fully digitize process data,” says Mehdi Bentanfous As an example, our ePaper Tag can send and receive process updates or warnings between the shop floor and OS software. UWB was the clear choice for us when designing this software, due to the significant disadvantages of other location technologies. UWB RTLS adds value over RFID in terms of flexibility offered on the shop floor,” Bentanfous points out. Since RFID gates are statically installed, UWB provides a huge benefit when production processes or assembly lines frequently change. This grants our customers maximum flexibility in dynamic production and logistics environments.”

A User-Friendly Approach to Software

KINEXON OS follows a no code-low code approach, which means that no extensive IT skills are needed to operate or customize it. The software uses drag-and-drop and simple drop-down menus to set up event triggers and place geofences. It also seamlessly integrates with third-party software such as ERPMES, and WMS.”

Another unique aspect of KINEXON OS is its technology- and vendor-agnostic data integration, meaning that it seamlessly processes BLEGPSRFIDUWB and other localization technologies from any supplier, which provides unprecedented data transparency for operational technology teams.”

At the same time, it also allows customers to easily scale up their [applications]. Thanks to KINEXON OS’ technology- and vendor-agnostic design, you can seamlessly integrate all your location data sources, which makes complicated integrations a thing of the past.

Diverse Range of Applicability

As we’ve mentioned, there is a wide array of real-life use cases for UWB RTLS technology. Producers within aerospace, automotive, and discrete manufacturing face unique challenges, which means that they need tailored solutions. A perfect example, our Container Management solution provides benefits for manufacturers with a high volume of inventory and orders. 

Additionally, our Order & Process Management solution assists with eliminating bottlenecks and idle times that can critically affect producers and assemblers. Don’t miss out on the potential value of our solutions for your company.

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