A manufacturer of customised fasteners headquartered in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, is using INDUTRAX’s Location Aware Software to automatically maintain transparency and optimise its contract manufacturing within the cross-plant production processes. After a successful pilot project, the roll-out is now following at several locations in Germany, Europe, Asia and North America.
The production of the manufacturer of fastening elements is organised according to customer orders. The processing of the orders takes place in several production steps, partly across plants, and is planned in the SAP PP production control system. The INDUTRAX Location Aware Software addresses the requirement for automatic transparency of the whereabouts and processing status of the orders.
The interaction of SAP PP and the Location Aware application PRODUCTTRACKER enables all orders in production to be tracked automatically by location. The customer has a significantly improved overview of the status of orders in production and can find individual orders needed for the next processing step even faster. With the increased transparency, errors are avoided, such as the unintentional use of blocked orders. The data collected by the software on process steps and dwell times for each order enables better decisions to be made when rescheduling is necessary, which also reduces non-value-added working time such as unplanned transport of orders between different buffer areas, and forms the basis for continuous process improvements. The result is increased throughput in production and the creation of the necessary transparency about the production processes.
„With the modular and open concept of our Location Aware Software, we deliver standard modules for the simple integration of a wide variety of location technologies as well as enterprise systems and can react agilely and individually to the different requirements of our customers with low code / no code configuration approaches. We have also created a suitable solution for optimising production processes for this customer.“ — Nicolai Karl, Product Manager at INDUTRAX.
After the successful implementation of a proof of concept (POC) to determine the appropriate tracking technology, the first productive use of the solution was put into operation in a larger production area with a representative number of transport containers as part of a pilot. This has already marked an important milestone in the cooperation with the customer. Now the next milestone follows with the global roll-out of the Location Aware solution at several locations in Germany, Europe, Asia and North America.
„We are proud to realise this important global roll-out project. Together with our strong partners, we are driving the digitalisation of manufacturing and logistics processes on the shop floor based on location technologies. We look forward to working with the customer and thank them for their trust.“ — Dr. Jörg Poswig, CEO at INDUTRAX.
INDUTRAX is a leading provider of Location Aware Software and solutions that enable the combination of various technologies for location, identification and sensing with enterprise logistics and production control systems. INDUTRAX has completed over 60 location deployment projects for medium size and enterprise industrial customers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and Magna Steyr.