Ubisense Group, a provider of real-time location intelligence systems, has added new capabilities to further enhance Ubisense Smart Factory. Smart Factory enables vehicle and industrial manufacturers to gain the operational control required to accomplish the demanding assembly processes they are facing today and will face in the future.
Smart Factory uses location data gathered through its real-time location system (RTLS) and other owned data from manufacturing and enterprise systems to give manufacturers process visibility. Smart Factory then analyses the information and delivers data to tools/devices and critical insights to users.
This results in measurable cost reduction; guaranteed productivity gains; quality improvements; and the ability to effectively manage mass product customisation, according to Ubisense.
Leading manufacturers currently using Ubisense Smart Factory include five of the top ten global automotive companies and three of the world’s top six off-road vehicle producers, the company stated.
Smart Factory enables companies to have real-time manufacturing operational awareness, adaptive control and data-driven insights. It does this by accurately identifying, locating and tracking process-critical assets including vehicles, materials, tools and components throughout the manufacturing cycle.
These capabilities are driving manufacturers’ shift towards the important tenets of Industry 4.0 – resource efficiency and adaptability.
The enhancements to the Smart Factory system, due in early 2015, will deliver the lowest total cost of ownership, industry-leading scalability and outstanding consistency and reliability through high update rates and multi-mode tracking., the company claimed.
In addition, they will offer more sophisticated process analytics, adaptive tool control and seamless co-existence with wireless networks across the factory.
Richard Green, Ubisense chief executive officer, said: “Managing the extreme complexity of real-time process control is one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today. This is especially important to meet growing demand for more customised products while increasing volume. Strengthening Smart Factory will give our customers more flexibility to respond to these needs at a low cost of ownership that delivers a rapid return on investment.
“Ubisense research has found that up to 40% of manufacturers have no visibility into the real-time status of their manufacturing processes. This lack of insight causes sub-optimal operations and an inability to respond fast to issues that can cost millions in waste and unscheduled downtime.
“Smart Factory enhancements will give manufacturers greater visibility, control and scope to reduce inventory costs, improve product quality and optimise productivity,” said Green.