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Spotlight on Employee Protection: Henkel Relies on KINEXON SafeZone

Henkel, one of the world’s leading suppliers of FMCG products, relies on digital innovation to protect its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a successful pilot phase by Henkel Laundry & Home Care, KINEXON SafeZone is now being implemented in a Henkel production facility in Poland. 

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MunichJun 30, 2020

Whether it be on the shop floor or in the office, employees are slowly returning to the workplace. In order for this to be done safely, employers must commit to adopting effective measures of protection. In May, KINEXON launched SafeZone, the most accurate digital protection against the spread of COVID-19. The core element is a small lightweight ultra-wideband (UWB) wearable sensor, the SafeTag, which actively warns users if the minimum physical distance to another person is compromised. With optional software, companies can also trace chains of infection in order to take targeted action against the spread of the virus. 

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Henkel Relies on SafeZone for Additional Employee Protection

To supplement its strict safety and hygiene measures, Henkel now uses KINEXON SafeZone to protect its employees and secure its operations. A 10-day pilot phase using 150 SafeTags was successfully completed and received positive feedback from employees. All aspects of the warning and tracing functions were examined in detail. Henkel is now planning to implement KINEXON SafeZone at its plant in Poland, which has more than 300 employees. This extended distribution will be used to evaluate and prepare a global rollout. 

In addition to digital employee protection from COVID-19, Henkel also plans to upgrade its occupational safety with the help of KINEXON. In the future, KINEXON will support Henkel to implement a real-time localization system to locate forklifts in order to protect drivers from collisions. This is just the latest effort by Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business unit to prioritize the digitization of its supply chain and adopt leading technological advancements.

Collaboration with Perspective

The safety of our employees is our highest priority — not only in times of coronavirus,” said Dr. Johannes Holtbrügge, Senior Manager Digital Transformation at Henkel Laundry & Home Care. 

However, the current situation requires special measures. In addition to our strict safety and hygiene concepts, KINEXON’s sensor technology offers us further possibilities to protect employees from infection. The sensors make it easier to maintain the minimum distance and enable us to trace the chain of infection in case of illness. We have succeeded in implementing this pilot project in less than a month.”

Professional, fast and agile — that’s a brief description of the cooperation,” said Dieter Krockauer, Vice President Digital Transformation at KINEXON.“It is a partnership that both sides are happy about. 

With the SafeZone project we have laid a good foundation for the future. In the long term, we want to focus on a strategic cooperation in the context of the digital supply chain.”

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