Global leader in rail transport

How to deal with the challenge of overseeing multiple production lines

How to manage work in progress and integrate it with ERP

  • Manufacturers of complex machineries often face the challenge of uncoordinated working processes, scattered components and a lack of control in work progression
  • Production area covered with UWB RTLS Stations (Anchors)
  • The chaos on the production lines translates to an increase in errors and loss of time, which leads to higher production costs
  • Multiple production lines require an accurate delivery of parts and components to the right assembly lines

UWB-based uRTLS™ solution keeps you updated in real time

  • Our solution incorporates the highly accurate ultra-wide band (UWB)-based uRTLS™ solution with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and a manufacturing execution system (MES) to seamlessly extend visibility over the production area
  • uRTLS™ offers real-time visibility on each assembly line down to 30 cm, guaranteeing everything is in the right place at the right time
  • Real-time data is fed to TrackSphere™, our tracking platform, which digests the location data and presents the results to the end user in the form or notifications, alarms and reports
  • TrackSphere™ supports multiple-site operations, which provides more clarity on when, where and what is happening

Space Agency

Intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space

How can you handle tool-sharing in a multiple-team project?

  • The client runs a multiple-team project, with teams sharing a few sets of tools
  • Very often, people take the tools from storage and forget to report it or they don’t return them after use. This makes it difficult for other teams to locate the tools that they need
  • The situation gets more complicated when large tools, such as drills and forklifts or small, portable tools are shared between different sites
  • The lack of clarity on tool location causes loss in time and increased costs

Flexible and scalable multisite solution that copes with big and small

  • TrackSphere™ is an analytical tracking platform that supports multi-site operations and offers different levels of visibility for different roles
  • Real-time location of tools is sent back to TrackSphere™, where the data is stored and analyzed before it is presented to the client in the form of notifications, alarms and reports
  • The client can create geofences over key areas, such as the tool storage room or restricted areas. Every time someone enters the geofenced zones, TrackSphere™ marks it with a time stamp so that the client can verify who entered which zone at what time

Leading Construction Company for Oil & Gas Clients

Global engineering company specializing in design and construction of oil & gas, refinery and petrochemicals facilities

How to manage a large workforce in a field with high safety requirements

  • This client typically builds oil rigs and refineries for oil & gas businesses, which have high demands for building safety
  • Like any construction business, they deal with a large number of shift workers, which creates difficulties in management
  • Construction is usually divided into zones, with different teams working on them simultaneously
  • Worker management is even more difficult when the client tries to work across zones

WideArea_Tracking™ offers real time worker accountability and geofencing

  • TrackSphere™ offers a geofencing function, which allows the user to set virtual boundaries on its field to control the presence of people and assets. When unauthorized personnel or an unauthorized asset enters the area, the system will flag it and inform the relevant persons
  • TrackSphere™ supports the automatic “flagging” function to associate people or assets with the location when they enter geofences. They can then be automatically “unflagged” upon their departure. This offers great visibility of employees and visitors
  • Using a combination of long range (LoRa), global positioning system (GPS) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies, WideArea_Tracking™ offers good visibility over a large area, both indoors and outdoors, at an economical cost

Leading Manufacturer of Wire Rope

World’s leading manufacturer of wire rope for oil & gas, vessels and industrial applications

Limited visibility of product distribution, out of touch with customers

  • Wire rope is several strands of metal wire twisted into a helix, forming a composite “rope,” which is widely used in oil & gas rigs
  • Because wire rope is used to haul heavy objects repetitively, it needs to be changed regularly
  • Due to the involvement of the distributor in the sale process of wire rope, neither the client nor the manufacturer has an exact knowledge of the life cycle of the rope

RFID tags + customized mobile app extends traceability to the end users

  • We installed a passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) solution and complemented it with a customized mobile app that allows the manufacturer, distributors and customers alike to know where the products are and in what condition
  • RFID tags are attached to the rope when they are manufactured, with their information collected into the system
  • Using the mobile app, the manufacturer has visibility on the distribution of their products, while distributors and clients can look up information such as the life cycle of the rope and the status of delivery
  • Distributors and end customers can also get in touch with the manufacturer for any feedback and questions
  • Manufacturer can gather information from downstream to adjust their production plan and product portfolio

State-of-the-art Robotic Designing

American engineering and robotics design company founded by MIT

How to improve robot-human interaction

  • Currently, robots that interact with humans typically use cameras to detect presences; however, that only provides them with good visibility in one direction
  • No visibility on the side or the back causes a danger to the people in proximity due to the weight and size of robots
  • Robots performance enhancement requires more data input

uRTLS™ allows robots to “see” 360°

  • uRTLS™ offers real-time, 360° visibility to robots and their controllers
  • The location information is accurate down to 30 cm
  • Real-time location information allows the system to direct a robot to turn or stop moving when detecting a human presence
  • 360° visibility reduces false alerts, such as from people walking behind a wall

Pan-European Steel Recycler/Manufacturer

A major metal recycler and manufacturer with 20+ factories serving construction, automation and heavy manufacturing

Old-school factory setup vs. increasing demand for efficiency

  • The client has 20+ steel recycling/manufacturing factories producing various shapes of steel bars and rolls
  • Low visibility on the packages that may include different shapes and quantities of steel bars and rolls all placed together
  • Due to a limited storage area the packages are usually stacked together, which makes locating a specific package difficult

High-accuracy UWB RTLS combined with RFID & bar coding

  • RFID tags that contain information such as client profile, order detail, destination and delivery date are attached to each package
  • UWB reader installed on the forklift and hoist to record the time and location of each package pickup and drop-off
  • TrackSphere_Server™ runs tracking algorithms, events, asset management and application programming interface (API) integrated with manufacturing software/ERP
  • Processes and production key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned with client priorities

Global leader in mining

North American corporation that engages in the exploration, development and mining of metals

How can you improve work coordination with a large number of workers?

  • The mining industry is heavily labor intensive
  • Large numbers of shift workers create challenges in management
  • The sheer size of an open field makes it even more difficult to account for the presence of workers, which increases the risk of an untimely response to an emergency

WideArea_Tracking™ to locate mine contractors, staff and visitors

  • Wearable personal trackers for indoor and outdoor locations
  • Production area covered with a private low power wide area network (LPWAN)
  • TrackSphere_Server™ runs tracking algorithms, events, asset management and API integrated with mining operations software
  • Processes and production KPIs aligned with client priorities
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