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.
Premiere in the European League of Football: Live-Tracking of Tackles, Sprints and More
Countless data insights have already become indispensable for coaches, players, media and fans in professional sports. American football goes one step further. In collaboration with KINEXON, the European League of Football also provided data on collisions and sprints to Staff and Fans live for the first time.
2022 Set New Standards in Women’s Sports Tech
In the second-ever episode of our Sports Tech Talk, we look back at one of the topics we enjoyed most in 2022: women’s football. Here we remember not only a great Euro in the summer, but also numerous advances in tech. Jana Hubel (Sports Scientist at KINEXON) and Sven Gruel (Women’s Co-Coach at 1. FC Union Berlin) give an overview and provide an in-depth discussion of the question: How can data help women’s sport evolve for the better?
Was Sie über Ball Tracking wissen müssen
Ball tracking has taken football by storm. Not only does the technology help match officials make more accurate and consistent decisions, but it also allows coaches to analyze the beautiful game with unprecedented detail and gives fans insights never seen before.
Assembly Show Wrap Up
What a week it was at the 2022 Assembly Show! Our team spent the three-day event conversing with potential clients, as well as enjoying some amazing local food and drinks with the manufacturing community at the KINEXON Breakfast Morning Mingle. Read on to learn more from our VP of Sales IoT, Tinos Kountroubis, about his experience at the show.
SportsPro Insider Series: Emerging Tech, Data & Media
Sports entities are continuing to look to data to drive success, both on and off the field. From player recruitment, through in-game analysis, and fan interaction to business performance. This edition by SportsPro, in conjunction with KINEXON, offers discussion and insight in all areas affecting leading sports franchises, and how it is becoming increasingly important to turn to data to gain an advantage over competitors.
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.
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.