Social Distancing Meets RTLS: How Our Customer ASM Protects Employees From Corona in a Creative Way
With the current situation, positive news is especially welcome. One positive note came from our customer ASM. And it gave us hope for the next few months.
In the corona crisis, one terrible news follows the other. At KINEXON, as a digital company, we are very lucky to be able to keep operations running from our home office. However, for many of our customers this is not possible.
We naturally have been following the developments in society, politics and the economy with highest interest. Exchanging ideas and thoughts on a daily basis on how to adapt to the constantly changing circumstances.
Some small, but good news
Last week, we got an interesting message during a call with our customer ASM that is one of the world’s largest supplier of best-in-class equipment and technological process partner for the electronics industry: A use case that we had implemented in a production plant in 2019 was “extended”.
Keeping production running and protecting employees at the same time
In addition to optimizing shop floor utilization, the client is now using our precise real-time localization technology to control social distancing on the shop floor. To be specific, a project manager of ASM told us:
“We must ensure social distancing in order to protect our employees. But we also have to keep production running at the best possible rate to get through this crisis economically. So, on the one hand, we have asked our employees to always keep several meters distance on the shop floor. On the other hand, they should also avoid meeting at shift changes. In our KINEXON Real-Time-IoT platform we can verify if these specifications work on the shop floor.”
Our freedom of movement is limited, but our creativity is not!
The employees wear small KINEXON sensors with UWB radio technology. Anchors installed under the ceiling detect their movements in a defined area. All data are recorded and processed in real time by the KINEXON RTLS. At the same time they are provided within the KINEXON Real-Time-IoT platform for analysis and processing with external data from third-party systems.
How anonymous worker data can help employees
It is important that emloyees were confortable with the technology and not monitored during off time. The implementation of the use case was carried out in close cooperation with ASM’s workers’ council.
In addition, we made sure that the transaction data is recorded anonymously by not being able to link the sensors with information about their wearers. This way, valuable live insights are provided to the controlling department, which helps them to react quickly and at the same time on a factual basis to an ever faster moving market.
As a result, planning errors can be prevented and jobs be secured. And the current situation: ASM employees are being protected against infection with the globally rampant SARS-CoV‑2 virus by using KINEXON RIoT.
The use case was quickly converted to ensure social distancing on the shop floor and thus keep operations running at their best. Of course this is only a small side story. But it should encourage us to remain creative!
Now we are really learning about digitization!
The potential of digitization does not end at the home office. And digitisation is not in its final form. It’s a constant process. It’s not a like a TV that you turn on and the entertainment begins.
It is more similar to building an orchrestra where you can select your instruments, determine what they will play, and arrange them in a selective way. Music can be noise but it can also heal.
Similiarly, a lot of “noise” is also made with digital tools. Now is the time to learn, use, and arrange these tools properly. This is how music is made to heal and provide value.
Immediately ideas began to pop up:
- What about zones around employees that give acoustic signals as soon as a colleague on the shop floor approaches too closely?
- What about automated access controls to ensure that there are never more than x people in a room?
- What about automated signals if an employee does not take the direct route to the sink after a certain action to wash his hands immediately?
- How about if employees wear our UWB sensors visibly and see they flash as soon as a colleague is not maintaining the correct “social distance”?
- Or in clinics: What about autonomously controlled AGVs that bring food to patients to relieve the clinic staff? Or just to pick up the empty trays ?
All of this is already possible with our technology. And this is only a small insight into our recent internal conversation. We all want to overcome this crisis quickly. We are all creative and we all have digital tools at our fingertips that can be used to quickly establish new processes.
So if you are reading these words here: Let us think in all directions and let us now take advantage of what we have initiated with the digitization of our economy!
Hence the call to all our customers, contacts, and all entrepreneurs: Do not discard any idea or approach! If you believe that real-time localization and real-time data analysis can help, contact us! Together we can keep processes running safely and efficiently.
(Author: Alexander Hüttenbrink)
Experience Tool Control and More at the Assembly Show!
The 10th annual Assembly Show is returning to Chicago in a month’s time, and were thrilled to be a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event! Thousands of attendees and exhibitors are coming together to showcase the latest and greatest in technology, equipment and products.
Key takeaways from IMTS 2022
IMTS 2022 — what a show for the future of manufacturing! The KINEXON team had an incredible time introducing our real-time location technology solutions to many of the over 95,000 attendees and exhibitors in Chicago at the biggest manufacturing trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Here are the 3 key themes we took away from IMTS.
Load Management: A Look Behind the Scenes at the Bundesliga Club With the Fewest Injuries
In the Bundesliga, 1. FC Union Berlin recently became the surprising leader. Union also impressed with another statistic recently: no team had fewer injury-related absences. Is that part of the secret of success?
European League of Football and KINEXON Launch Partnership
In cooperation with the European League of Football, KINEXON’s LPS system will be used for live player tracking in American Football at the upcoming Championship Game in Klagenfurt. The European League of Football also aims to further enhance the fan experience with live stats at the highest level.
Why you need RTLS solutions on your assembly lines
Precision, quality, and speed are key factors for fast-paced manufacturing industries. In the automotive industry alone, a production stop of just a minute can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and automated tool control is a powerful solution to address challenges in automotive assembly. This is the second part of a three-part series exploring the potential of automated tool control for the automotive industry, based on an interview Assembly Magazine conducted with KINEXON. In the second part of the series, we outline why RTLS solutions are the clear choice for the automotive industry. Enjoy the read and stay tuned throughout the series for valuable insights on all things tool control.
Official Match Balls With Integrated Tracking Sensor - What Do They Deliver That No Other Technology Can?
To take a very close look at every action on the pitch, field or court in professional sports, data collection nowadays relies on countless technologies. In the midst of all these, there are new players: official match balls with an integrated tracking sensors for live tracking. FIFA has tested this technology extensively. The result: Balls with tracking sensors offer exclusive added value.
Understanding Women-Specific Requirements in Professional Sports
Regardless of your sex, athletes deserve the same treatment; but in this case, equality means to differentiate in the ways athletes need to be trained to perform at their best.
We closed our season-kickoff webinar series with a topic that’s particularly important to us right now — namely, what specific requirements do women have?
The Impact of Ball Data on Physical, Tactical, and Technical Performance Evaluation
In combination with player tracking, the measured physical load and athletic performance of players can be evaluated in context of football-specific situations. Thus, it is possible to also assess tactical and technical data in comprehensive context. Some examples: How fast does a player run with the ball? How is a team controlling space? What’s the shot speed?
3 Key Features of Automated Container Management
No production or logistics operations function without the extensive use of containers or load carriers. Manufacturers rely on thousands of containers to push materials and products through the supply chain. When a single container arrives at its destination late, at the wrong cycle, or carrying the wrong materials, it can bring the production line process to a standstill. Automated container management solutions overcome this challenge and benefit the entire intralogistics and assembly process — by guaranteeing an optimized and efficient material supply.
Your 5 Step Guide to Automation with Location Data
WHY AUTOMATE? For leading automotive supplier Continental, the driving reasons behind their push for a smart factory included cost savings and increased efficiency, two far-reaching business-critical metrics. First and foremost, Continental wanted to automate and optimize repetitive manual processes and routines to increase production speed and quality. They identified the handling of material across their production as a key area for improvement.
Optimizing Order Processing in Production and Intralogistics
Navigating orders successfully and accurately through complex production and intralogistics processes is no small feat. Today, more often than not, orders and materials get lost in transit, don’t get processed through all necessary steps, wait in buffer and storage areas for too long, or just don’t get to their intended workstation in time. This creates inefficiencies in areas such as assembly, quality control, and inventory management, just to name a few. And despite this being both a major efficiency as well as a productivity challenge, many manufacturers don’t have accurate data about their processes as well as their bottlenecks. This is where automated order management solutions come in.
Why you need tool tracking in the automotive industry
Precision, quality, and speed are key factors for fast-paced manufacturing industries. In the automotive industry alone, a production stop of just a minute can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and automated tool control is a powerful solution to address challenges in automotive assembly. This is the first part of a three-part series exploring the potential of automated tool control for the automotive industry, based on an interview Assembly Magazine conducted with KINEXON. In the first part of the series, we focus on understanding the why of tool tracking in the automotive industry. Enjoy the read and stay tuned throughout the series for valuable insights on all things tool control.
Ball Tracking: From Subjective Impressions to Objective Measures
As the world’s only tracking provider to offer sensor technology that can be integrated into official football & handball match balls, KINEXON is able to provide real-time positions and inertial data (impacts and spin rate) of the ball with accuracy down to the centimeter. This automated ball tracking and analytics by KINEXON transforms subjective impressions to objective measures.
How to Return to Action After Pregnancy
Return to play is usually associated with a comeback from injury. Hardly anybody used to talk about the road back after pregnancy. That perception is shifting. More and more female athletes choose to give birth during their careers and make their experiences public. Plus, player and performance tracking can function as an essential tool for female athletes during their journey to return to action. KINEXON aims to give needed support.
Manufacture more with less at IMTS with KINEXON
After nearly two years of virtual meetings, the industry-leading IMTS and its co-located Hannover Messe USA are events you won’t want to miss. With over 2,000 exhibitor booths and an expected 100,000+ attendees from 115 different countries coming to Chicago, IL from September 12 – 17, the show promises to bring together the best and brightest in manufacturing. Our team of IoT experts from KINEXON will be at the show to help you harness the power of industrial process automation.