Reducing search and wait times for construction equipment is always a top priority for manufacturers. To help achieve this goal, we implemented our INTRANAV yard management solution. This includes equipping excavators and finished products with our INTRANAV.RTLS AssetTAG+, which is designed for high-performance supply chain tracking and seamless transition from indoor to outdoor tracking.
With this solution in place, the entire yard can be virtualized, making it easier to find and retrieve equipment when it's needed. In addition, the INTRANAV Yard Management Solution provides real-time visibility into the location of assets and inventory, allowing for more efficient utilization of resources. As a result, our customer was able to improve their bottom line by reducing search and wait times while increasing productivity.
Thanks to its multi-modal tracking technology based on GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, it enables global supply chain tracking, and integrated sensors reliably monitor the condition of excavators and semi-finished products. INTRANAV.IO virtualizes and manages yards with real-time vehicle location data as a real-time digital twin. The integrated telematics modules are connected to the INTRANAV.IO system via the open API, enabling INTRANAV to provide a hybrid real-time tracking solution and again saving our customers costs in equipping additional hardware. With INTRANAV.IO assets are monitored in real-time, allowing informed decisions about supply chains. In addition, the digitization of a yard ensures efficient management of resources and improved coordination between connected teams.
Complete digital capture of the flow of goods in the yard area and real-time process optimizations have the potential to increase cost savings and quality improvements. In particular, a real-time inventory overview and search function increase the availability of semi-finished and finished products. Thanks to the virtual mapping of yards, assets can be found immediately without any risk of confusion, while at the same time capacity planning is possible at a glance.
To keep track of all the different excavators in the yard in real-time, the tags (or the telematics module) need to be associated or "married" with the excavator's FAUF QR code in the INTRANAV.IO platform and SAP. This requires that the vehicle be scanned. INTRANAV recognizes whether it is a telematics module or an INTRANAV.AssetTAG+. The personnel will be notified of this via a corresponding dialog box. The tag is then attached with a self-releasing cable tie. By driving the TAG into a geofence, INTRANAV automatically triggers the marriage process in the system. This way, you can call up the real-time position and associated documents of any device using the INTRANAV.IO platform.
INTRANAV provides an IoT sensor-based RTLS solution that tracks and records objects in real-time as they move from their starting point, though all intervening notes (warehouse levels/buffers) to their destination. During this process, all objects to be tracked are automatically recorded in the SAP system at all nodes through geofencing and auto-identification, which optimizes the entire material and transport flow.
Having an efficient system in place to manage storage and materials is crucial for any business, but it can be especially difficult for those in the manufacturing and production industries. With so many moving parts, it's easy for things to get misplaced or forgotten - but that can lead to big problems down the line. This is where INTRANAV comes in.
Our system is designed to help businesses keep track of everything in their yards, from materials to resources, and to alert employees when something isn't where it's supposed to be or if a specified storage time is exceeded. This eliminates costly mistakes, reduces capital and operating costs, and ensures smooth operations. It also helps proactively prevent resource aging, damage, and loss.
Intelligent process prioritization with data reconciliation of the ERP and PP systems helps to optimize production by taking into account factors such as delivery plans and schedules, ensuring work-in-process and associated transportation tasks are being carried out according to delivery dates and production time limits and production targets are being met.
In a fast-paced production or logistics environment, it's critical that personnel are quickly and effectively notified of any process-critical situations. Warning messages help to increase resource utilization and improve on-time delivery by ensuring that drivers and other personnel are aware of potential delays. In addition, acoustic warnings and display messages help to avoid dangerous situations such as collisions or entering danger zones. This significantly increases safety in the yard and helps to avoid accidents. By using warning messages, production and logistics environments can improve efficiency and safety for all personnel.
Our client is able to seamlessly track its finished goods across halls from indoor to outdoor in real-time, allowing for better decision-making and optimization when it comes to transport chains. By using our software, they are able to see exactly where their materials are at all times and make changes accordingly. By revealing bottlenecks through software-based comparisons of KPIs, dwell times, throughput time, stops, malfunctions, delays, process length or the total time required for a complete cycle - productivity in the yard is increased, ensuring reliable production supply and optimized material flow.
INTRANAV.IO offers an intuitive user interface for appropriate user management, efficient fleet utilization, and sustainably improving the value stream and the supply chain. The real-time digital twin ensures that the construction equipment manufacturer is optimally prepared for future logistical challenges.
- Personnel enters the equipment serial number (ID) or FAUF number into the INTRANAV Inventory Search application to view a virtual list of deliveries for the next day. Immediately, the real-time location of the vehicle in the yard is displayed to the personnel. To navigate the shortest route to the destination, personnel are shown their own location as a reference point and the route related to the vehicle on the outdoor map. Once the person has arrived at the vehicle, a final identification of the searched object takes place via a comparison of the Excel list with the product nameplate. The product is then driven to the pre-delivery inspection for a final check where it is inspected and cleared for shipment. And since the outbound zone is geofenced, no acknowledgement of other interaction is required when the vehicle leaves. All of this helps deliver products to end customers quickly and seamlessly.
- A query function in the SAP system is then present for the invoiced vehicles. As soon as their vehicle leaves the premises an alarm is triggered sending an email notification to a predefined distribution list. This way, the customer knows exactly when it’s on its way and can plan accordingly. Clients report this is a far more efficient and accurate way of tracking shipments, which helps improve customer satisfaction.
- The INTRANAV.AssetTAG is a physical tag used to track the vehicle as it moves through the exit zone. The INTRANAV.APP recognizes when a vehicle with an INTRANAV tag is present in the exit zone and initiates a demounting process. The tags are then stored in a collection bin. Once per day, the bin is returned to production. If the TAG is remarried, it is overwritten at the same time. This process ensures that all vehicles are properly tracked and accounted for.