ProVIEW: Smart Container
Containers are the most effective way to transport materials through a manufacturing environment and will be the key to achieving Smart Materials — a core tenet of the IoT initiative for manufacturing, Industry 4.0.
ProVIEW is an exponential leap forward in gaining full process control in the connected factory. With self-directed containers that provide real-time location visibility, you’ll never lose another container or be short of crucial material lineside again.
One System: ProVIEW’s Smart Container module works together with its Pick, Replenishment and Work Instructions modules for a complete material flow management solution.
The Visual Factory
- View tags provide visual instruction for individual containers
- Hands-free simple communication between “smart containers” and humans at key points of interest in the process ensures correct instruction and delivery
- Little to no training or retraining is required as View tags tell operators exactly what to do
- A simple button push by operators begins a new job or verifies process completion
- Full visibility of individual containers as they move through the process
- Alerts operator when container has arrived at wrong location
- Count empty containers and allocate to process stations in real time
Manager dashboards and reporting for location, delivery timing & alerts
- Analyze bottlenecks to improve throughput
- Balance processes and eliminate waste (Muda)
- Connects easily to existing ERP/MES/WMS systems
As factories adapt to become more flexible in accommodating dynamic manufacturing processes (more models on the same line, more customizations), “smart containers” tell the people and machines in the process what to do with them. IoT-based connected environments enable a dramatic increase in productivity and flexibility through simple communication between smart containers and humans in the process.