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Many innovative companies are thinking about how to make their traditional workflows in production and logistics more dynamic. This allows to respond more swiftly to market changes, optimize capacity utilization or manufacture smaller batches. The key are flexible, self-organizing production and logistics concepts based on our SIMATIC RTLS locating platform.
What does that exactly mean? You can use SIMATIC RTLS to navigate material flows, control mobile robots, monitor component use, and fully document the final product assembly. Welcome to the Digital Enterprise.
Hanover | 23 - 27 April
Get to know SIMATIC RTLS at the Hannover Messe. Experience our solution live at the Siemens booth D35 in hall 9, and at A23 in hall 7.
Seamless locating of all relevant objects anywhere on the company premises
SIMATIC RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) is a key component in the digital infrastructure of the factory of the future. For intelligent systems like mobile robots, self-navigating transport systems and state-of-the-art automation software to be able to focus and respond autonomously, they need to know what’s where, and when. The SIMATIC RTLS locating platform achieves this accurately and reliably. It locates objects with accuracy measured in centimeters and makes the positioning details available to higher-level systems in real time.
SIMATIC RTLS thus makes a precise digital twin of all processes possible – from delivery to further processing and final assembly. The relevant objects, e.g. workpieces, tools, automated guided vehicles or robots, are fitted with a transponder. The transponder signals are picked up by a higher-level system, which calculates their position and provides the information to the intelligent automation systems and manufacturing units. In real time. Dynamic. With precision.
UWB technology for maximum precision and reliability
SIMATIC RTLS draws on the benefits of ultra-wideband technology (UWB). For local wireless communication an extremely wide frequency range (3-7 GHz) with a bandwidth of at least 500 MHz is used, to transmit weak wireless signals. This prevents the risk of interference with other systems. The result is extremely precise object location with accuracy down to ten centimeters.
And: SIMATIC RTLS is extremely easy to install, and capable of adapting in stages to increasing demands. Extra units can be added to the individual components at any time – right up to a company-wide infrastructure. With no additional configuration cost at all. This aspect makes the technology attractive for companies too that are taking their first steps toward a Digital Enterprise. The following elements cover the entire locating infrastructure.
Significance for the digital factory
An essential milestone on the path to smart production
In the smart factories of the future, various production materials like Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and mobile robots will work together with humans, machines and systems. The location of a machine or robot will be a relevant variable in this regard. Knowing where they are in the factory is therefore essential for a self-directed, highly efficient workflow.
SIMATIC RTLS makes sure that information on the precise location of the production resources is available to all higher-level intelligent systems. That is the only way that Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) or Cloud-based applications, e.g. in MindSphere, the open IoT operating system, will be able to trigger dynamic commands for target systems like mobile robots, programmable logic controllers (PLC) or AGVs for example. There can be no doubt: SIMATIC RTLS is the locating platform for dynamic, self-organizing processes.
Overview of the solution
The wireless-based SIMATIC RTLS locating platform offers real added value
Examples of application
We have has already implemented locating projects in about 120 locations around the world. There is a huge range of potential applications for SIMATIC RTLS.
Centimeter-accurate locating and intelligent support of the manufacturing process
e.g. filing of different commands for torque control or query the battery status
Matching with the digital 3D model of the product
Automation of individual manufacturing stages through intelligent real-time locating
Precise information about how and where machines, tools and employees have to work on something
Reduction of rejects through continuous monitoring of goods
Locating containers and pallets: record and check all container flows
Locating forklifts: monitor and optimize parking locations, travel routes, availability and status
Additional assignment of access restrictions
Siemens is your trusted partner, when it comes to end-to-end solutions for your Digital Enterprise. We have many years of expertise with innovative technologies for industrial applications in production and logistics. SIMATIC RTLS from Siemens includes all components and services for customized locating solutions. We are looking forward to design a customized locating solution that will perfectly suit your requirements. Contact us.