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.”
The material flow at Continental: seamlessly connected, digitalized and automated.
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.
Improving frequently occurring routines and processes in order to subsequently reduce costs, increase efficiency and increase production speed – these are the clear goals of Continental. Analyzes showed: The greatest potential lies in the material flow. It is therefore important for them to digitize, network and automate seamlessly.
An identified key technology is geolocation. With its RTLS solution, KINEXON not only delivers reliable and precise data, but with KINEXON RIoT it is also a versatile, compatible and dynamically adaptable real-time IoT platform. In this, all data can be analyzed at the same time and controlled in value-adding applications.
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 also being developed jointly in a development partnership.
KINEXON technology is already in use in a logistics center and three production areas.
The material reaches the buffer zone via the gate on the left. Their utilization is recorded completely and logged in KINEXON RIoT. In this way, space and time-saving utilization is guaranteed.
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
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.