22 May Process Optimization in Automotive Manufacturing May 22, 2017 By Gina Wurms automotive, logistics |UWB|, |server based|, |client based| 0 In automotive production, the use of a tracking system based on Ultra-wideband can ensure that supplying material to the assembly workstations runs smoothly. At a glance server-based solution: real-time localization of tugger trains location overview on digital map including status information client-based solution (smartphone app): positioning of driver navigation & messages concerning the route Problem Definition A needs-oriented material supply is an important part of the serial production of vehicles. Automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturers usually use tugger trains with just-in-sequence trolleys for this purpose. In these special containers, the various components are brought to the assembly line in the correct order. When providing a full just-in-sequence trolley, a corresponding empty container is picked up. Delays of the tugger trains sometimes lead to the fact that the required time of supply of a just-in-sequence trolley cannot be met. This results in a stop of the assembly line and considerable additional costs. Solution A precise tracking solution based on Ultra-wideband can ensure a smooth production process. Expensive production stops due to late-arriving just-in-sequence trolleys can be prevented through real-time location tracking of the just-in-sequence trolleys and tow tugs. The position of the tugger trains as well as information on the loaded materials is displayed on a digital map which is accessible via web interface. Additionally, the drivers of the tow tugs can view the position data on a mobile device and can check at any time whether they are still on schedule. Automatic calculations determine whether a material supply will be delayed. Thus, countermeasures can be initiated in due time. The driver receives messages via smartphone, for example warnings when he is delayed, route descriptions or changes. Technical Implementation If a precise localization (10-30 cm) with low latency is desired, server-based indoor positioning based on Ultra-wideband (UWB) is the right choice. For this purpose, infsoft Locator Nodes are installed on the premises. The tow tugs and just-in-sequence trolleys to be tracked are equipped with battery-powered infsoft Locator Tags, which measure the distance to the Locator Nodes. The position data are transmitted to the infsoft LocAware platform® via internet connection, where the position of the tow tugs and just-in-sequence trolleys is calculated and the data are transferred to an output medium. In the case of an additional client-based indoor localization, the Locator Tags exchange the data via Bluetooth or USB interface with the mobile device of the driver. The position is calculated and displayed on the smartphone. The driver receives directions and, if necessary, messages concerning his route. Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Process Optimization in Transport Logistics in the Automotive Industry A tracking system provides real-time location information about vehicles in delivery and helps to improve the delivery process. In addition to the location, the service life, the movement history and the number of vehicles can also be called up. Read More Process Optimization on a Construction Site This use case by infsoft describes the implementation of a tracking system which helps improve safety and productivity on building sites. Read More Process Optimization in Santa’s Christmas Workshop This use case by infsoft describes the implementation of an asset tracking system in Santa's Christmas workshop at the North Pole. Read More Process Optimization of Cleaning Machines In this application, the position of cleaning machines is to be determined in real time. Read More Utilization Analysis in an Automotive Paint Shop In an automotive paint shop, an indoor positioning system contributes to optimizing the utilization of spraying rooms and saving energy costs. Read More Container Management in Automotive Production This use case by infsoft describes how a tracking solution maps container movements in a fully automated way. Read More Comments are closed.