Complex assembly processes have a high potential for error, which can be a major challenge for manufacturers in a competitive global environment. Automated tool control solves this challenge by eliminating manual work steps by leveraging ultra-precise location data. Through geofencing, preset tool configurations, and continuous digital documentation, automated tool control reliably increases process quality, productivity, and flexibility.
Companies in the automotive industry are facing enormous pressure today: a trend towards batch size 1 production with more customer-customized requirements, ever-increasing product quality and safety expectations, as well as a uniquely competitive industry landscape. This creates the need for OEMs to implement smart automated tool control. By automating manual steps in tightening operations, automated tool control ensures superior speed and quality control along complex mixed-model assembly line systems.
The value and benefits of automated tool control
Predefined collision zones draw boundaries to ensure that the correct tool is automatically activated for each individual product, as well as the necessary settings. Non-value-adding steps like manual scans, preparation of an assembly step, tool testing, and tool adjustments are avoided for reduced cycle times.
A secure, customer-specific database automatically documents production-related operations for future root cause analyses or liability questions.
Should the wrong tool or setting be accidentally used, the tool will automatically deactivate itself, thereby preventing incorrect assembly. With predictive maintenance, you can track tool maintenance cycles and workloads to avoid costly breakdowns and production delays.
Data from UWB RTLS sensor-equipped parts and tools interacts with geofences, event-based triggers, and more in our Location-based Process Automation software KINEXON OS. As a product moves through a predefined zone, each necessary tool is activated, and the proper settings are configured per the individual requirements. Fast and easy setup and installation ensure efficient scalability — even in the most complex automotive assembly lines.
Automated tool control increases assembly speed and production quality. KINEXON’s automation solutions expand much beyond assembly tools. Explore how our central software solution grants you the ultimate competitive advantage by automating and optimizing your entire production:
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Material replenishment is a production-critical and cost-intensive factor for companies. Insufficient transparency into material inventory and needs can lead to disruptions throughout the entire material flow. Capturing and processing position data is essential for monitoring resource utilization, which allows companies to produce effectively while preventing costly downtimes.