AeroScout offers the industry’s most advanced real-time visibility solution for automotive manufacturers (assembly halls, rework halls, test halls), automotive suppliers, and sales and service organizations (distribution centers) worldwide. The AeroScout solution uses a standard Wi-Fi wireless network, as well as sensor and telemetry data, to track the accurate location and status of valuable assets such as car frames, modules, containers, semi-finished and finished vehicles. In addition, the solution enables to reduce line-side inventory and deliver containers just-in-time using industrial Wi-Fi-based pendants with call buttons (e-Kanban). Customers can significantly reduce cycle times, eliminate assembly disruptions, improve operations efficiency and increase overall throughput and profitability.
AeroScout offers the most cost effective solution for parts replenishment by eliminating the need for additional wired line-side infrastructure. When a line operator observes parts are running out, he presses the AeroScout Wi-Fi Pendant call button mounted next to each part container. The battery powered Pendant submits a wireless part replenishment request that is received by the existing Wi-Fi network. Automotive manufacturers can reduce line-side inventory by applying “just in time” container delivery (e-Kanban), gather process metrics and increase safety by keeping clear driving aisles.
Real-time visibility of all WIP carriers (e.g. tire carriers) in a component manufacturing plant is critical in order to expedite production and control factory logistics e.g. deliver material and carriers to workcells “just in time”. With AeroScout, the location and status of parts and material can be viewed on PC’s, laptops and handheld devices or updated online in scheduling/manufacturing systems. Automated alerts and reports notify floor managers of production and customer orders’ status.
AeroScout’s solution provides full vehicle visibility for rework halls, testing facilities and distribution centers. AeroScout’s Wi-Fi-based tags mounted inside the vehicles provide visibility throughout the premises including production halls and outdoor yards. Users can quickly locate vehicles using their PCs, laptops and handheld devices to view vehicles’ accurate location on a map, eliminating long searches and increasing workers’ productivity. Inventory reports can be automatically generated eliminating the need for manual tracking and long searches for missing vehicles.
Manufacturers and distribution centers can increase workcell utilization and reduce cycle times by tracking vehicles entering and leaving each and every workcell. Alerts and notifications can be configured to inform floor managers of any production inefficiency or workcells idle time.
Container Management and Inbound Logistics
Containers, material, service vehicles and equipment are constantly moving in between facilities, suppliers, warehouses and parking lots, thus creating an even bigger challenge. With AeroScout, managers can track shipped items and receive notifications upon items arrival or departure, improving traceability and ensuring items arrive at the correct destination. Part containers inventory is optimized by maintaining complete visibility over all warehouses and delivering required containers just-in-time.
With AeroScout’s tags mounted on service vehicles such as trucks and forklifts and Exciters positioned at gates and docks, it is possible to automatically and immediately monitor the gates’ and docks’ traffic, thus increasing efficiency and automating processes.
"With 1,000 cars on our lot, it became clear that we needed a better way to serve our clients and track our inventory."
- Arnold Clark Automobiles