Ubisense in overdrive with Daimler
Location technology specialist Ubisense has notched further success in the automotive market through Daimler in Germany.
Its smart factory system has achieved the pilot acceptance milestone in Daimler’s project to equip the assembly line for the Mercedes S-Class premium cars in Germany.
After an extensive proof of concept at the Daimler plant in Rastatt, Ubisense was awarded the contract to equip the S-Class line in the Sindelfingen plant.
The project was divided into two phases: the pilot phase covered two line segments and the associated DC tools provided the means to integrate and test the solution; the system will now be installed at the remaining stations and all the DC tools will be integrated.
The Ubisense smart factory system automates the recognition of tool/vehicle interactions on the production line, eliminating the need to scan vehicle ID numbers and ensuring that the correct tool program is being used for the particular vehicle at the station.
The exact location of each vehicle is tracked continuously and matched to the vehicle ID which is then supplied to external worker assistance systems as the vehicle arrives at each station. This is particularly useful on line segments where traditional vehicle sensing technologies are not available.
The result of using the Ubisense smart factory system will be a significant reduction in unproductive assembly time, as well as eliminating many errors that can occur in manual operations such as scanning.
Cambridge based Ubisense is implementing the solution at Daimler together with Atlas Copco following the strategic partnership which the two companies launched in 2009.
Richard Green, Ubisense CEO, said: “Both Daimler and Atlas Copco are renowned for the high quality of their products and their manufacturing excellence. We look forward to supporting Daimler in achieving their ambitious manufacturing goals over the years to come.”