KINEXON SafeZone has shown that the latest sensor technology is an effective tool in times of COVID-19 to protect employees and business operations in the best possible way. But taken a step further, it opens up further digitalization potential and unprecedented transparency for companies on their way to tomorrow’s smart factory — from material flow optimization and automation of manual processes to cost savings.
The automotive supplier Continental, for example, shows how this can look in practice.
Whether human, machine or object — in the vision of the smart factory of tomorrow, all components are connected to each other and interact automatically in perfect flow.
KINEXON paves the way for companies and supports them by means of real-time localization, analytics and automation to digitalize what happens on their shop floor — all under the sign of full transparency. Real-time location intelligence enables the implementation of numerous use cases for…
Accelerated throughput times, reduced material and warehousing costs and increased productivity are not only typical promises of tomorrow’s smart factory but can already be realized with the help of KINEXON RTLS including the world’s most cost-efficient UWB sensor, the KINEXON X‑Tag, and the Location-based Automation Platform RIoT.
EXPLORE THE X‑TAG
Unproductive search times and expensive delays are outdated. With the use of real-time localization, companies always know the location of materials or load carriers.
Full transparency of status and processes: With KINEXON RTLS and RIoT, companies are able to identify bottlenecks and maintain an overview of the material flow — for example, with the help of process mining charts or heat maps.
Automate your manual and analog replenishment: Our system recognizes in real-time, when material needs to be replenished, and orders it automatically. With the ePaper Tag, companies can prevent wait times, reduce unnecessary inventory, and avoid manual errors.
Save time and reduce sources of error — With Auto-ID, companies can identify their materials and orders during storage or processing at the machine without manual scanning. Information is transmitted directly to relevant third-party systems (e.g. MES or WMS).
Combining ultra-precise UWB real-time localization and e‑Ink technology: KINEXON’s ePaper solution offers companies new possibilities for process visualization and digitization, all while reducing manual errors and paper usage. The result: more efficiency in production and order processes.
Say goodbye to paper with the ePaper Tag, which combines RTLS functionality with smart e‑ink technology. Any order information, including barcodes and relevant info from third party systems, can be digitized directly on the order or asset. Cumbersome manual paper handling and printing processes are a thing of the past.
Support your employees on the shop floor by optimizing your workflow: Thanks to location-based automation, employees have immediate access to relevant information (next process steps, current status etc.) at all times. This reduces the need for time-consuming feedback loops and simultaneously increases information quality and accuracy.
Process control at your fingertip: With the integrated button on the ePaper Tag, employees can dynamically trigger events and actions, such as replenishment requests. Events can be customized and configurated via KINEXON’S location-based automation platform RIoT. This enables a continuous, real-time optimization of processes in dynamic production environments.
Integrated Timer and Direct Reporting: process-critical information, like acclimatization- or drying times for materials, can be visualized digitally on the ePaper Tag. Via the integrated action-button, employees can directly relay information from the shop floor to other relevant systems.
Whether companies want to efficiently plan and check the routes of forklift trucks or protect their employees from collisions — with modern solutions for real-time localization, they always have the movements of their vehicles in view
Proactively minimize accident risk. With real-time location of all forklifts, the system can alert the driver before colliding with a co-worker.
Transparency is key to cost optimization. With the combination of KINEXON RTLS and RIoT, the utilization of the industrial truck fleet can be analyzed and excess capacity identified.
More efficiency with smart traffic management. With the help of real-time localization, companies can implement specific smart priority rules and minimize downtimes and critical situations.
Minimizing wait times and heat leakage. This can be achieved with the help of automatic opening/closing of rolling doors.
Minimize damage and accidents. The speed as well as the lift height of forklifts can be adjusted to specific environments with a real-time localization system.
The focus of an effective digitization strategy is on optimizing existing workflows. By using modern technologies, companies can improve their process efficiency — and at the same time raise work safety to a new level.
Evacuate quickly in emergency situations. In emergencies such as fires, injuries or gas leaks, companies can quickly identify the whereabouts of their employees, significantly reducing the time to rescue.
Keeping track of danger or restricted zones. Violations such as entering critical company areas can be identified and defined measures initiated.
Always on the efficient path. Companies can analyze the walking routes of employees using the KINEXON Location Intelligence Platform RIoT and derive measures for optimization.
Next level of visitor management. With the help of real-time localization, companies always have an overview of where their guests are on the premises.
The Fully Automated Material Flow — a Vision Becomes Reality
In just a few years, Continental plans to fully automate its entire supply chain, from planning to product delivery. This requires industry-experienced technology partners to support the global roll-out of several smart applications. KINEXON was selected in the area of geolocation, one of the key technologies of the large-scale project. After only a few months, there has already been initial success.