The location of orders, load carriers, tools and transport equipment can be determined with precision at any time with the indoor locating system Track&Trace. On the one hand, the system consists of so-called satellites which are fitted at different points in the production hall. On the other hand, it has so-called markers with transmitter chips. These palm-sized markers accompany the orders throughout production. They send signals to the satellites via Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB), which in turn transmit the signals to an industrial PC. Using this data, the computer calculates the position of the markers. The location of a marked part can be determined precisely, down to a few centimetres, and can be shown on an unlimited number of terminals, even mobile ones, using Track&Trace software.
Arnold has been a test customer for Track&Trace since 2018. 50 satellites and around 1,000 markers are now in use. These days, Track&Trace is used not only to find instead of search, but also forms the basis for more overall transparency in the production. Jaques Schneider, project leader for Track&Trace at Arnold AG, explains, "The system is an elementary building block of our digital strategy. And another step in our development to becoming a Smart Factory and a paper-free production." Around three years after introducing Track&Trace, its positive effect on the company culture can be felt. "We now have a significantly more positive response to digitalisation topics," says Christoph Ebert, Board Member at Arnold AG. "A Smart Factory just wasn't tangible for many. Track&Trace shows the great advantage of transparency and traceability."