Automotive and tyre manufacturers are, among others, at the forefront of implementing Industry 4.0 -initiatives. The aim to track and measure goods throughout manufacturing makes the complete production process more visible, efficient, and ultimately more profitable.

There are, however, some areas in the manufacturing process, where assets, materials and even completed vehicles are not visible in the digital world. This applies especially to the production process of vehicles, where assets do not follow a predetermined path.  The challenge is to know the location of each vehicle at any given time and subsequently avoid production delays. A situation that applies to manufacturing processes too, where raw or semi-finished materials are moved freely throughout the facility on trolleys.

To meet these challenges, Real-Time Location Systems can help you make unguided processes highly visible and integrate them into the digital landscape. Integrating an RTLS into your manufacturing landscape can be highly complex and an investment in this area should be thoroughly researched.

Real-time locating systems (RTLS) identify automatically the location of objects in real-time, usually within a building or other contained area like a terminal or parking lot. Typically, wireless RTLS transponders are placed in or attached to objects to make them visible by determining their location. Readers are necessary to receive or detect signals from these tags. Most known examples for RTLS are tracking automobiles through an assembly line, locating pallets of merchandise in a warehouse, or finding medical equipment in a hospital.

Do you want to learn more?  Download 14 questions and answers about how to implement RTLS in your production line

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