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.
KINEXON Football Analytics Helping to Decrease Injuries at the University of Wyoming
Author: Dave Grendzynski
Eric Donoval, the Director of Sports Performance for the University of Wyoming football team, offers a unique perspective on how KINEXON football analytics are reshaping his program’s training methods.
How Mesh Locating Technology Boosts Asset Tracking and Management, Saving Production Time and Costs
With the innovative KINEXON Mesh locating system, we empower our customers to streamline their search efforts and effortlessly track and manage all assets. This comprehensive system offers a near real-time overview of assets, resulting in reduced costs caused by over and underutilization. By optimizing resource allocation, businesses can enhance production efficiency, making operations more cost-effective and resource efficient.
KINEXON Mesh: The Reasons Why Industrial Asset Tracking and Optimization Just Got Better
At KINEXON, we strive to provide our customers with the best solutions tailored to their needs and goals. Our latest innovation, KINEXON Mesh, is a game-changing technology in the world of IIoT. With Mesh, companies of any size can now more effectively track the location and connect industrial assets, optimizing shopfloor and warehouse operations like never before.
Sports Science Reveals the Secret Behind Cristina Neagu's Unstoppable Handball Shot
Is Cristina Neagu really the best handball player in the world? Red Bull put together a team, that included a sports scientist from KINEXON, to help answer this question. Here’s what they discovered.
How Football Analytics Rejuvenated the University of Louisiana's Training Regimen
Author: Dave Grendzynski
Coach Connor Neighbors, the University of Louisiana’s Director of Athletic Performance for Football, offers insights into how the “Ragin’ Cajuns” partnership with KINEXON’s football analytics is transforming their training approach.
What Is Basketball Shot Load and Why Is It Important to Track?
Author: Gregory Bernstein
“It’s a make-or-miss league.” This commonly heard phrase, repeated by coaches, players, and analysts worldwide, encapsulates the simple truth about basketball: if your shots go in, your team wins, and if they don’t, you lose. After countless hours of scouting, scheming, and statistical analysis, all the hard work only pays off if the ball goes through the basket.
With KINEXON’s new shot tracking solution, we’re here to optimize your shooting drills and routines, ensuring your players are physically prepared to execute in the moments the game will be decided.
KINEXON Volleyball Analytics: A Revolution in Sports Data
In the age of digitization, volleyball is experiencing a shift. While instinct and intuition still play a vital role in team management and strategy, there’s an ever-increasing emphasis on analytics.
But what kind of data can you pull? And what type of information can coaches glean from it? Let’s find out.
Sports Data Campus, KINEXON, and Sevilla FC Team Up to Improve Football Analytics
Author: Dr. Guilherme de Sousa Pinheiro
Sports technology is redefining many of the games we all love, including football. Analytics software is being studied and is ushering in a new era of sports. Thanks, in large part, to the Sports Data Campus, Sevilla FC, and ball tracking technology.
How Shot Tracking Can Increase Success During Practice and In-Game
In the dynamic world of basketball, the margins between victory and defeat are razor-thin. As athletes strive for excellence, the significance of data-driven insights cannot be overstated. Shot statistics, generated by basketball analytics software, are a powerful tool that is revolutionizing how players, coaches, and trainers approach the game.
This article explores the advantages of shot statistics, highlighting four key areas: the objective distribution and patterns of shots, the examination of shot choices, the pinpointing of strengths and weaknesses, and in-depth tactical analysis.
The Advantages Sports Performance Analysis Software Provide for Coaches and Athletic Trainers
In the modern sports era, the ability to dissect every moment of a game or training session is no longer a luxury but a necessity. With the advancement of technology, sports performance analysis software has emerged as a vital tool for coaches and athletic trainers to refine strategies and optimize athlete performance.
But what advantages can it offer players, coaches, and athletic trainers?
COMPETE Vision: How KINEXON is Transforming Camera Tracking Technology and Basketball Analytics
Author: Jonas Bohner
As a basketball coach, you already know how vital the stat sheet is for you, your athletes, and the coaching staff. This might include box score stats such as rebounds, assists, and fouls. But most importantly, everyone is traditionally tracking shot statistics – points scored, 2‑point vs. 3‑point shots, makes vs. misses. Considering how shot statistics are tracked, what if you could capture and analyze the data without needing a wearable device or recording by hand?
How Sports Performance Tracking Technology Can Improve Max Speed in Football
Football is a game of inches and can be the difference between victory and defeat; coaches and athletes are constantly seeking innovative ways to gain an edge. One of the most crucial aspects of the game is speed — the ability to cover ground quickly, change direction on a dime, and execute plays with precision. This is where the combination of sports performance coaches and cutting-edge technology come into play.
Why KINEXON is the Future of Tool Control in Smarter Manufacturing
In today’s rapidly evolving automotive industry, manufacturers must maintain a competitive edge by maintaining a critical balance between global customers’ demands and local governmental regulations on a single assembly line. Maintaining high production quality for premium automotive brands — with tremendously high flexibility — is a real challenge.
How to Boost Manufacturing Quality and Accelerate Assembly Processes with KINEXON Assembly Tool Control
In the rapidly evolving automotive industry, maintaining production speed and quality is more crucial than ever to stay ahead of the competition. Each week brings news of innovative electric vehicle (EV) pioneers, raising the bar for established automotive manufacturers to deliver cutting-edge products within shorter production cycles. To meet this increasing market demand, production planners must maximize assembly speed while minimizing time-consuming and costly rework operations.
Sports Analytics: A Game-Changer for Injury Prevention in Team Handball
Team handball is a dynamic sport that requires agility, strength, and endurance. However, like any physical activity, it comes with the risk of injuries.
Fortunately, modern sports science, particularly sports analytics, is opening new avenues for injury prevention. Let’s explore how this data-driven approach is making handball safer for athletes.