Use Cases of Real-Time Locating Systems for Factory Planning and Production Monitoring

7 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2021

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Alexander Mütze

Leibniz University Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

Lennart Hingst

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

Niklas Rochow

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

Timo Miebach

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

Peter Nyhuis

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Date Written: June 1, 2021

Abstract

Production companies operate in an increasingly dynamic and unpredictable market environment. The ever shorter innovation cycles and the associated decreasing product life cycles require production systems and processes to change continuously. Furthermore, rising complexity in market enfactories through product variety leads to an increased coordination effort in factory operations. To stay competitive, decision making in factory planning as well as production planning and control (PPC) must be done target-oriented and in the shortest time possible. A fundamental basis in this respect is a reliable and consistent database, needed for the overall and holistic improvement of the logistics performance of a company’s internal supply chain. However, the collection and preparation of data is associated with a high expenditure of time and thus represents a great challenge. Additionally, required data in practice is often inhomogeneous or inconsistent, which makes it difficult to track ongoing processes precisely. Due to the continuous availability of exact positions at any time, Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) offer the potential to provide movement data of essential elements of the production system such as material supply, resources and workforce with comparatively little effort. To demonstrate the resulting potentials for factory planning and PPC, use cases for RTLS have been identified and implemented in the Learning Factory of the Institute for Production Systems and Logistics (IFA). After a short introduction of the IFA Learning Factory and the principle of Real-Time Locating Systems, the use cases in factory planning, factory operation and production monitoring are described. Having summarized the achieved benefits provided for the training participants in the IFA Learning Factory a summarizing conclusion is given, underlining the great possibilities of real-time localization in production environments and providing an outlook on further research activities.

Keywords: Real-Time Locating System, RTLS; Factory Planning, Factory Operation, PPC, Monitoring, Learning Factory

JEL Classification: D20, D24

Suggested Citation

Mütze, Alexander and Hingst, Lennart and Rochow, Niklas Eduard and Miebach, Timo and Nyhuis, Peter, Use Cases of Real-Time Locating Systems for Factory Planning and Production Monitoring (June 1, 2021). Proceedings of the Conference on Learning Factories (CLF) 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3857878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3857878

Alexander Mütze (Contact Author)

Leibniz University Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics ( email )

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Germany
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Lennart Hingst

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics ( email )

An der Universität 2
D-30823 Garbsen, 30823
Germany
+4951176218181 (Phone)

Niklas Eduard Rochow

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics ( email )

Welfengarten 1
D-30167 Hannover, 30167
Germany

Timo Miebach

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Production Systems and Logistics ( email )

Welfengarten 1
D-30167 Hannover, 30167
Germany

Peter Nyhuis

Leibniz Universität Hannover ( email )

Welfengarten 1
D-30167 Hannover, 30167
Germany

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