Reliable tracking in a complex production process
Bietigheim-Bissingen, July 2016 – There appears to be no end to the continuous increase of model variants in the automotive industry. Customers expect great choice when selecting new vehicles. It starts with the color and numerous options for seats and rims and goes way beyond. To track this variety of models reliably in the production line, Dürr combines visual and analytical methods with the help of its supervisory control system, EcoEMOS Tracking.
The software solution EcoEMOS is a manufacturing execution system (MES) and thus a key element of Industry 4.0 at Dürr. As part of the "digital@Dürr" strategy, Dürr offers smart products and smart services, which create added value for the customer through intelligent use of data.
The EcoEMOS Tracking module is responsible for the tracking of car bodies in production. Operators can access all necessary information about a vehicle at any time and any place. From the VIN (vehicle information number) to the options ordered – a detailed insight into production is only a mouse-click away. Thanks to the RFID read stations (radio frequency identification) or traditional bar code scanners, car bodies can be identified at several points in the line. This enables accurate monitoring of the position and sequence. In the unlikely event of a misrouted item, the system automatically sends an alarm message to the operators and thus prevents production shutdown.
This module also ensures efficient storage control and sequence block optimization. The available information provides the necessary basis for EcoEMOS to make specific improvements to the production process and significantly reduce costs.
Production cycle times become more flexible, idle times of materials are reduced – the principle of just-in-sequence needs supervisory control systems like EcoEMOS Tracking in the production line. The information necessary for this principle must be recorded simultaneously and in full. EcoEMOS Tracking offers the required technological standard as well as the right functions to integrate this concept fully into the production process.