Industry 4.0

RTLS in the Manufacturing and Logistics industries

We have now entered the next wave of innovation for industry. The so-called Industry 4.0 stage, which introduces the idea of smart factories. These are facilities that are automated and optimised for best performance using a combination of digital technologies. RTLS offers a wider range of location-based solutions that can improve operational safety and efficiency.

Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in Industry 4.0

Improving Security & Safety

Workers and machinery work side-by-side in industrial facilities. This typically means that spaces are vast, the number of workers is large and accidents can potentially cause serious bodily harm to workers. For these reasons, companies are exploring the options RTLS offers for mitigating any potential safety hazards.

Collision Avoidance

Danger Zone Detection

Equipment Inventory

Evacuation Efficiency

Vital Sign Monitoring

Man Down Detection

Worker Tracking

Visitor Tracking

Improving security and safety in manufacturing and logistics is important as it improves worker well-being, reduces costs as well as ensures compliance with regulations.

Increasing Operational Efficiency

The aim of manufacturing and logistics companies, just like any other business, is to generate profit. Finding ways to increase operational efficiency by implementing innovative technologies, such as RTLS, is a great way to maximise profit.

Inventory Management

Asset Tracking

Paperless Orders

Route Optimisation

Maintenance Process Optimisation

Implementing even seemingly small improvements to operational efficiency can add up to surprisingly large saving for the company.

Analytics for Optimising Operations

One of the great advantages of digital solutions is the access they provide to previously unavailable data. This data can help companies to optimise operations, prepare for future maintenance needs and ensure that processes are implemented as promised.

Equipment Usage

SLA Analytics

Quality Assurance

Analytics from location-based solutions can also be integrated into the company’s quality assurance process to ensure that the company can maintain the desired level of quality for their products.

Case Study

In 2017 NGK Ceramics decided to explore how solutions based on a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) could help by providing a Digital Twin of the manufacturing plant: tracking every pallet continuously.

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