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.
How does RTLS work?
International corporations trust RTLS solutions by KINEXON. With the combination of two decisive functions, we offer the perfect solution for industrial production and intralogistics processes:
Acquisition of all relevant proprietary data such as 3D position (x, y, z), status of objects and their ID, acceleration, alignment, and printing captured through our sensors and communicated through our anchor network. For example, UWB pulses transmitted from the tags to the anchor network ensure that the exact options of all objects and persons within the RTLS are accurately determined.
Furthermore, these devices are constantly communicating & updating each other at a specified rate that the customer determines is needed. We refer to this as bidirectional data communication, which refers to objects that can send data like the temperature or battery status and receive data (commands) on top of the other information captured above. In this way, KINEXON RTLS visualizes and networks the spatial context of your assets and makes highly efficient industry 4.0 and logistics 4.0 solutions possible — precise, simple, robust and smart, thanks to state-of-the-art UWB real-time localization.
Location and positioning systems require sensors and software that precisely recognize a wide variety of assembly tools and processes to coordinate and track movement on a factory floor.
The ROI of RTLS solutions on assembly lines
With the rapid rise in technology available to companies, it is critical that we provide you, the customer, with a clear ROI that reflects the value gained by using UWB RTLS. We address these concerns by measuring our value based on the KPIs you care about most, like cycle time and scrap rate. RTLS technology offers companies new opportunities to increase output while improving and maintaining their overall product quality. As we like to say here at KINEXON, “manufacture more with less,” This value is reflected directly in the business case as we measure our worth based on our ability to enhance “takt time,” which translates to an increase in production and overall profit.
“These benefits include a reduction in cycle time and scrap rate, which are two KPIs that manufacturers are constantly looking to address across their assembly lines,” explains Bentanfous. “We can accomplish statistical significance in these areas by increasing assembly line speeds up to 5 percent.
“As the standards for product quality continue to rise, so will the use of automated tool control,” predicts Bentanfous. “Companies apply exhaustive cost reduction strategies throughout their production process, putting a strain on product quality.”
With the rise of tracking technology, manufacturers gain new opportunities to increase output productivity while improving quality. The business case for tool tracking can be easily proven, because it focuses on improving overall takt time, which translates to an increase in production and overall profit.
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.
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.
Hands-on Approach: Sports Data Campus to Use KINEXON’s Analysis to Train Talents in Big Data and Sports Technology
Sports Data Campus – a place where professionals in the field of big data and technologies in sports have joined forces at the international level – aims to provide world-class education specializing in advanced analytics in football.