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OPENMATICS

Valuable asset tracking for ZF

TRACKING THE COMPLETE SUPPLY CHAIN

Since November 2015, OPENMATICS has been testing the smart logistics concept in the internal movement of goods between two plants at ZF's headquarters in Friedrichshafen.

THE LAST GREAT UNKNOWN

The condition of freight on a truck used to be the last great unknown in logistics processes. Once the freight was loaded, neither the driver nor the forwarder or customer knew what shape the goods were in during transport. This could only be determined with certainty once the trailer was opened or the goods were further processed. Supply bottlenecks or production downtimes due to missing parts were the time-consuming and expensive consequences.

A COMPLETE SOLUTION

OPENMATICS provided a complete solution for ZF by monitoring hollow and turbine shafts for the EcoLife automatic bus transmission as they are transported from production directly to the assembly line, where they are subsequently installed.

The OPENMATICS solution can map the complete supply chain from the rack through the forklift truck and truck right up to the delivery to the assembly line. The Bluetooth TAGs have a range of up to 30 metres - enough for even a 25-metre-long gigaliner. The data is transferred to the cloud via the Bach onbaord unit, the TAG Finders or via tablets and smartphones.

CONDITION MONITORING

Attached to the load carriers, the TAGs are always exposed to the same environmental conditions as the transmission components. In the event of temperature changes, shocks or wrong lighting conditions, the sensors installed in the TAG transfer the data to the integrated chip first, which immediately forwards the data and tag ID to a mobile device via Bluetooth. If no mobile device is available on site, the data is transferred to the stationary TAG Finders, which are installed along the route of transport, while passing by or to the OPENMATICS onboard unit installed in the vehicle. All recorded data can be retrieved and managed from the deTAGtive logistics Portal.

THE POWER TO PREVENT COSTLY DOWNTIME

Now, ZF is continuously updated on the status and condition of the cargo. If the temperature falls below the target threshold, they can either heat up the rack of components once it arrives at the plant or order new components to avoid any downtime.

TRACKING THE COMPLETE SUPPLY CHAIN

Since November 2015, OPENMATICS has been testing the smart logistics concept in the internal movement of goods between two plants at ZF's headquarters in Friedrichshafen.

THE LAST GREAT UNKNOWN

The condition of freight on a truck used to be the last great unknown in logistics processes. Once the freight was loaded, neither the driver nor the forwarder or customer knew what shape the goods were in during transport. This could only be determined with certainty once the trailer was opened or the goods were further processed. Supply bottlenecks or production downtimes due to missing parts were the time-consuming and expensive consequences.

A COMPLETE SOLUTION

OPENMATICS provided a complete solution for ZF by monitoring hollow and turbine shafts for the EcoLife automatic bus transmission as they are transported from production directly to the assembly line, where they are subsequently installed.

The OPENMATICS solution can map the complete supply chain from the rack through the forklift truck and truck right up to the delivery to the assembly line. The Bluetooth TAGs have a range of up to 30 metres - enough for even a 25-metre-long gigaliner. The data is transferred to the cloud via the Bach onbaord unit, the TAG Finders or via tablets and smartphones.

CONDITION MONITORING

Attached to the load carriers, the TAGs are always exposed to the same environmental conditions as the transmission components. In the event of temperature changes, shocks or wrong lighting conditions, the sensors installed in the TAG transfer the data to the integrated chip first, which immediately forwards the data and tag ID to a mobile device via Bluetooth. If no mobile device is available on site, the data is transferred to the stationary TAG Finders, which are installed along the route of transport, while passing by or to the OPENMATICS onboard unit installed in the vehicle. All recorded data can be retrieved and managed from the deTAGtive logistics Portal.

THE POWER TO PREVENT COSTLY DOWNTIME

Now, ZF is continuously updated on the status and condition of the cargo. If the temperature falls below the target threshold, they can either heat up the rack of components once it arrives at the plant or order new components to avoid any downtime.