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IoT Solutions for Manufacturing

Material flow management solutions for complex manufacturing. Building efficiencies and ensuring quality with real time process visibility and dynamic instructions.

 

Finally, there is a solution to replace the 40-year-old process of manually placing paper labels on the literally millions of containers, carts, and sub-assemblies flowing through factories every day with simple, cost-effective wireless displays: Omni-ID’s complete hardware and software solution — ProVIEW.

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ProVIEW is the first IoT-based system to offer a true paperless workflow for manufacturing. ProVIEW combines the immediate reliability and visual instruction inherent with paper labels along with automated tracking, and capability for two-way human interaction – all inherent in Industrial IoT technologies (and with a 12–18 month ROI!).

What makes ProVIEW different than other Material Flow Management solutions? It’s simple — traditional paper labeling provides simple visual instruction, but with minimal tracking and automation. RFID provides the tracking but fails to provide the visual instruction or two-way communication/verification necessary for workers. Only ProVIEW combines these elements to form a powerful new paradigm — instruct + track + dynamic control — enabling smart manufacturing for an IoT world.

Success Story

Success Story

“Unlike traditional electronic tagging systems, Omni-ID’s ProVIEW Visual Tags give us the ability to not only track our materials, but control the process flows right on the factory floor in real time. The process visibility and control has created a number of efficiencies for us — not to mention the savings from the paper use.”

– Robert Hyden, Daimler Detroit’s IT Manager

The ProVIEW system combines the power of visual or View Tags (active and passive RFID), along with software and hardware components to provide a complete tracking and dynamic material flow management solution— ensuring factories always get the right parts, to the right place, at the right time.

  • Know more about WIP and location with “smart containers”
  • Direct materials & workflows in real time based on current flow or issues
  • Automatically change operator instructions & container routing as conditions merit
  • Do more with resources — no paper, printing or manual deployment!

ProVIEW Applications

ProVIEW is designed to manage complex material flow applications, while simply integrating with your existing processes and MES systems. The ProVIEW system collects the location and status information by individual container, providing the factory floor visibility necessary to automate or re-direct workflows in real-time.

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Replenishment
Call > Pick > Deliver

hand pointing at Omni_ID ProVIEW tag bolted to equipment Parts replenishment is a key function in any manufacturing operation. The ProVIEW system allows an operator to “call” for parts or services by pressing a button on the View tag — immediately receiving a response via a “call sent” message right on the tag. The warehouse receives the message, the delivery is then scheduled and an instruction is sent to the View tag for pickup. Administrator and delivery driver dashboards provide the visibility into calls, picks and deliveries to ensure efficiency and opportunities for process improvement.

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   Replenishment Module  |  Daimler Case Study

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Work Instructions
Instruct > Route > Record

ProVIEW tag monitoring on plant equipmentEfficient process workflows are the key to ensuring a seamless operation. The Work Instruction module provides the ability to send the appropriate instruction to the View tags on the factory floor to instruct operators automatically, based on location – ensuring the correct instruction is always provided at the right workstation. ProVIEW’s Work Instruction module also provides the ability to send new instruction by individual rack or container when issues arise, track the QA process and automatically count inventory for WIP items.

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  Work Instructions Module  |  Daimler Case Study

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Container Management 
Schedule > Track > Optimize

dollies full of cartons that can be tracked using the ProVIEW rfid systemAs factories increasingly are being asked to respond in real time to more and more product options and customized product variations from consumers, static paper labels guiding materials through the extended supply chain are unable to keep up. Smart containers that can be tracked and redirected to respond automatically to this complexity, telling operators what to do next, are the answer. ProVIEW provides an exponential leap forward in gaining full process control in our new connected world, with self-directed “smart containers”. You’ll never lose another container or be short of crucial material again.

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  Container Management Module

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Pick 
Locate > Select > Route

items on racks that can be tracked with the ProVIEW rfid systemGetting the right parts to the right place at the right time in any factory starts with ensuring an accurate picking or kitting of those parts from the warehouse or other “shopping” location.   Paper-based processes are highly error-prone and inefficient when it comes to ensuring the correct parts are located and selected manually by operators. ProVIEW’s Pick module ensures an accurate and efficient process by providing visual cues and instruction for operators for each job with a wireless View Tag on each bin, rack or shelf.

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  Pick Module

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Asset Tracking 
Find > Count > Measure

worker counting available toolsThe Asset Tracking module provides you with the ability to not only track the location of your assets but automate WIP inventory and tracking. As a simple overlay to your existing processes, the asset tracking module also allows you to track, trace and document asset maintenance history and set alarms and alerts for activity or ongoing maintenance. The Asset Tracking module can be utilized as a stand-alone application or easily integrates with your systems, providing up-to-date inventory and asset records to ensure compliance across all of your locations.

  Asset Tracking Module