A Vision Becomes Reality: The Fully Automated Material Flow

KINEXON Clients

Continental

Intro

A Vision Becomes Reality: The Fully Automated Material Flow

The entire supply chain, from planning to product delivery, is to be fully automated at Continental. This requires industry-experienced technology partners who support the global roll-out of several smart applications. KINEXON was selected in the geolocation area, one of the key technologies of the major project. The first successes were recorded after just a few months.

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“We have a clear vision: a fully automated supply chain from planning and production control to physical material flow, that is, from material delivery to production supply to product delivery.”
- Jürgen Braunstetter, Head of Automotive SCM at Continental
The material flow at Continental: seamlessly connected, digitalized, and automated.

About the Customer

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility for people and their goods. The technology company, founded in 1871, offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of 44.4 billion euros in 2018 and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 60 countries and markets.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Task

Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency, and increase production speed – these are Continental’s clear goals. Analyses showed: The greatest potential lies in processes involving their material flow. It is therefore important to digitize, connect, and automate them seamlessly.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Solution

An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON OS it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT solution. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

The Result

Guaranteed quality, higher throughput speed, and improved efficiency — Continental achieved this with KINEXON in the first step of the large-scale project in the context of six applications in the model factory in Regensburg. A seventh, to date visionary, application is being developed jointly in a development partnership.

Facts and Figures

KINEXON technology is already in use in a logistics center and three production areas.

30k sqm

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

50 days

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

0 interference

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

30k sqm

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

50 days

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

0 interference

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

Range of application

An area the size of 4 soccer fields is tracked live.

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

Duration

Less than two months from planning to the first application going live.

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

Efficiency

Thanks to UWB technology, there are no interference from WLAN, Bluetooth etc.

About the Customer

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility for people and their goods. The technology company, founded in 1871, offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of 44.4 billion euros in 2018 and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 60 countries and markets.

Impressions From the Regensburg Model Plant

Almost invisible: When small sensors have a big impact.

Internal Material Supply

The material reaches the buffer zone via the gate on the left. Their utilization is recorded completely and logged in KINEXON OS. In this way, space and time-saving utilization is guaranteed.

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Internal Material Supply

The KINEXON Asset Tag

One of the smallest industry-specific UWB sensors from KINEXON. Its strength: the tracking of objects in large numbers. It can be attached to all types of load carriers in various ways. The battery lasts up to 5 years.

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The KINEXON Asset Tag

Picking

An AGV with picking boxes (left). Both the trips of the AGV and the position of the boxes are tracked. The boxes are traditionally scanned by hand — umpteen times a day. With KINEXON, this is now a thing of the past and employees are relieved.

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Picking

The KINEXON Anchors

The inconspicuous KINEXON anchors record the sensor data. They are installed with little effort and, thanks to UWB technology, do not interfere with WLAN or Bluetooth applications in the hall.

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The KINEXON Anchors

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