Can individual production steps be tracked and traced step by step so that you have a transparent overview of the status of a production order at all times? And can live information be provided to customers as live tracking — just like a private person knows from parcel deliveries? These were the questions posed by one of the world’s leading suppliers of aircraft structures. Premium AEROTEC found the answer with KINEXON.
“Reliability and speed are two central attributes of our production. In order to keep track of the status of individual orders at all times, even with time-sensitive production orders, we rely on track & trace. But it should not stop there: In the future, we want to make this live information available to our customers as a service — similar to what you know in private from tracking your parcel delivery.”
At the start of the project, an area of the size of two soccer pitches at the Varel site was equipped with KINEXON UWB anchors. Since May 2020, connecting elements manufactured here could be tracked and traced in real time.
The project plan is to equip more locations with track & trace and to merge the data centrally in one platform.
Premium AEROTEC is one of the world’s leading provider of aircraft structures and is a partner in the major European and international aerospace programmes. Its core business is the development and production of large and complex aircraft components from aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre composites (CFRP). Premium AEROTEC is Europe’s no.1 in this segment with roughly 9,000 employees and an annual turnover of €2 billion. Among the clients are Airbus and Airbus Defence & Space.
Connecting elements produced by Premium AEROTEC are shipped to the customer for further processing immediately after production. Some of these parts are particularly time-sensitive.
Information on production location and status should therefore be traceable at any time and in real time. The first step is employees should benefit from this. The second step is clients should be able to track live.
In order to be able to track and trace the production process in the hall reliably and in real time, an industry-suitable real-time localization system (RTLS) is required.
KINEXON RTLS does not only meet the qualitative requirements, but also offers a comfortable, central data processing, which allows the coverage of several locations, with KINEXON RIoT.
Within a short period of time, a network of 56 UWB anchors was installed, which records the live status of 300 production parts tracked via asset tags in a total of four hall areas.
The first use cases of the project in Varel were realized during lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Further locations are already being planned and will also be connected to KINEXON RIoT.
“Of course, it was important for us that the data for the track & trace is precise and reliable. But the combination with a platform that can bring together different data and technologies was even more important. And that with a convenient, customizable user interface. KINEXON convinces us in all these points and also accompanies us with commitment throughout the project.”
UWB-based real-time localization is considered the “GPS for industry.” No technology offers faster, more accurate and more reliable positioning data than ultra-wideband. With the real-time localization system KINEXON RTLS, Premium AEROTEC relies on one of the leading solutions in the industry.
Generating data is one thing, processing it in real time across multiple locations and technologies is another. Therefore, the real-time IoT platform KINEXON RIoT is the ideal complement to KINEXON RTLS for Premium AEROTEC. It offers all options to consolidate and scale the entire case in one software.
Truly smart applications never work by the book. To tailor our products to the requirements of Premium AEROTEC, the KINEXON project and consulting team follows a methodical and pragmatic approach. Few iterations and quick successes are the goals of our support.
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