Real-time locating systems (RTLS) make it possible to track the location of objects and new applications such as effortless booking of storage locations or setup-free use of automated guided vehicle systems. The core components of an RTLS are permanently installed satellites, flexible tags, a localisation software for determining location data and applications which access this data to facilitate various Use Cases such as the tracking of objects. Different technologies are used here. TRUMPF opts for real-time locating systems with UWB (ultra-wideband).
Transparency with real-time locating systems (RTLS)
Complex internal processes, fluctuating order volumes, decreasing quantities and different parts – the entire logistics sector is faced with bigger and bigger challenges. On top of that, worldwide disturbances to supply chains and an increasing shortage in personnel are current problems. Almost every branch is affected: From the production industry to health and transport to the retail sector. A key leverage point in optimising these processes is transparency, which is not only limited to the particular building, but includes the entire supply chain: where are the idle times? How high are the search times and where are they incurred? How can the interaction between AGV/AMR and employees be set up as safely as possible to prevent any collisions?
Location data generated by real-time locating systems (RTLS) can give you the answers to these questions. TRUMPF Tracking Technologies uses the open industry standard omlox to provide interoperable solutions.
So you, too, can put together an omlox-compatible, customised RTLS overall package for your customers
Location data establishes transparency
Whether for tracking goods or providing a basis for fleet management of automated guided vehicle systems – location data forms the basis for a functioning Smart Factory and for many other sectors which require transparency of their processes. But what exactly are RTLS, localisation technologies and standards and how do they interact? omlox forms the interface between the localisation infrastructure (satellites) and mobile devices such as tags, vehicles and tools. This means users can freely choose between hardware from various manufacturers.
What is made possible by real-time locating systems
1. Asset Tracking
With Asset Tracking, users can track the utilisation of machines/AGVs and access historic transport data and tracks. Users can thus increase productivity and improve capacity utilisation.
2. Automated booking
Using triggers and based on geofences, certain events such as automated booking can be activated. Orders can thus be booked automatically as soon as they come into the relevant zone. Factory flow employees are automatically prioritised. This increases productivity while reducing waste, paving the way to a paperless factory.
3. Machine Navigation (AGV)
AGVs can increase and decrease the speed, depending on the distances to employees, for example in order to ensure greater safety on the shop floor.
4. Human Navigation (VR)
Navigation using AR reduces the requirements for employees and makes it easier to find parts and articles. The advantage: less training required for employees and a boost in productivity.
5. Automated Documentation
Automated Documentation makes it possible to automate inventory of equipment and machines. Time and location data of service missions as well as machine adjustments and updates are also documented.
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