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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.
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.