Uses Wi-Fi for Work-in-Process Tracking and Parts Replenishment
Automated Work-in-Process Tracking Drives Lean Manufacturing
Streamline Business Processes with Wi-Fi RTLS and Asset Tracking to Drive Lean Manufacturing
Additional Manufacturing Solutions
AeroScout offers the industry’s most advanced asset and people real-time visibility solution for manufacturers. The AeroScout solution is already being used by tire manufacturers, glass manufacturers, heavy equipment manufacturers and others to solve critical problems and create efficient manufacturing environments.
The AeroScout solution uses a standard Wi-Fi wireless network to track, in real-time, work in process carriers, containers and valuable equipment. By leveraging the common Wi-Fi infrastructure, the AeroScout system drastically reduces total cost of ownership while gaining more value from existing investments. Manufacturers can utilize location of WIP carriers, containers and material to significantly increase their production throughput, improve labor efficiency, reduce scrap and increase quality.
In glass manufacturing, thousands of glass carriers transport glass between cutting, tempering, coating and lamination stations throughout large industrial hangars. Workers spend valuable time manually searching for thousands of glass carriers each day in order to transport them between the different stations. AeroScout provides a Wi-Fi-based solution that can accurately track glass carriers on the shop floor and reduce the search time of each carrier from several minutes to less than one minute.
Real-time visibility within glass manufacturing facilities Solution benefits dramatically reduced search time for glass carriers, eliminates reproduction of lost or misplaced glass, improves operations and labor productivity, and increases overall throughput and profitability.
As demand increases, tire manufacturers are set out to remove bottlenecks and delays in the production process to increase throughput. Inefficient management of inventory of thousands of carriers can cause unnecessary idle time and setups. The AeroScout solution helps operators quickly find and deliver materials and tire components to the right station according to customer orders and optimal manufacturing schedules. As a result, tire manufacturers can reduce delays and production stoppages, minimize idle time of machines and significantly increase daily throughput.
Heavy Equipment Manufacturing
Heavy equipment manufacturers may lack the real-time visibility to the number of units produced on the manufacturing line and their progress within the different departments. Continuous visibility to the manufacturing progress within each department and stage enables to identify and analyze bottlenecks. Real-time alerts ensure that manufactured equipment does not exceed time limits at certain departments or stages, and wireless parts replenishment devices enable a simple yet cost effective means for placing requests. As a result, significant reduction in cycle times is achieved along with reduction in overtime due to efficient replenishment.
“AeroScout eliminated the manual scanning process and removed human error. We went from between several hours to several minutes to find a carrier, down to less than a minute.”
- Matt Miesner, Six Sigma Blackbelt, Viracon