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Asset Agent: Boost productivity in non-conveyor belt mass production

Do you want to increase your manufacturing output without heavy investments in infrastructure and workforce? Asset Agent is a simple, highly scalable solution tailor-made to boost productivity in non-conveyor belt mass production processes by up to 3%. Keep the flexibility of your production islands without the frustrations of manual processes.

Built to integrate into your IT landscape, Asset Agent will become an important part of your manufacturing operations. Make your life easy: No user training required, plug & play with your ERP system like SAP EWM, ease of installation and fully adaptable to your expansion plans.

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Eliminate waste & save money

Manufacturers often use manual processes for the transportation of raw materials or finished goods inside their production facilities, wherever there are lots of production stages with lots of variety (e.g. tire production). To find and direct these assets efficiently is a constant challenge during chaotic manual mass production processes. Done right, it saves time, increases machine utilisation and eliminates raw material wastage. Successful and efficient production is all about visibility and avoiding mishaps that cost money and reduce productivity.

The correct identification of all material throughout the entire production process eliminates the idle time and waste caused by incorrect deliveries. Possible delays are reduced to zero. Gain real-time visibility (RTLS) of every single material in your production process with unmatched scalability. A wireless solution that constantly connects the physical location of all products to a central server provides valuable assistance to your workforce to do their job right. Without the need for high CAPEX investments like automated guided vehicles (AGV’s), automated guided carts (AGC’s), or a fully automated factory.

That’s how we designed Asset Agent:

  • Standardise your processes while staying flexible
  • A robust wireless IIoT device supporting open standards like omlox
  • Plug & play with your Production Management Software (PMS)
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Key Features

Asset Agent is a flexible, versatile solution. It is light infrastructure, and powerful edgeware has helped it become a proven solution.

Asset Agent optimises unguided internal transportation processes, from assembly to indoor and outdoor storage areas, and on to further transportation. By knowing the accurate real time location of every asset in every storage area, search times and machine idle times are eliminated.

 

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STANDARDISE YOUR PROCESSES WHILE STAYING FLEXIBLE

In production, you look for efficiency through the standardization of your processes. At the same time, you strive for flexibility because markets ask for ongoing innovation and customers for individualized products. Thanks to the modular design of Asset Agent, you can permanently optimize your processes and remain flexible at the same time.

Whether you want to integrate automated and manual processes, need to apply a specific consumption sequence procedure like FEFO, or analyse your last day’s operations, you need only one system to manage and execute all of your manual transportation tasks. Asset Agents’ real-time data plays an important part in keeping your production on track.


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A robust wireless IIoT device

Once connected to the wireless Asset Agent transponder, all necessary data becomes visible. The system automates processes through constant real-time positioning, reducing delays and costly planning mishaps.

Asset Agent' real time locating system uses a transponder that is easy to install and needs no maintenance, with an exchangeable battery that lasts up to five years. Its simple traffic light approach gives visual feedback to your workforce at a glance. Thanks to its “pick-by-light“ functionality, your team finds all materials immediately, instead of having to search. Always knowing the exact position of all material inside your plant allows for better planning, and eliminating unproductive bar-code scans and paper & pencil processes.


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PLUG & PLAY WITH YOUR PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE (PMS)

Asset Agent easily scales to cover every material type in your production plant, providing information that can be accessed at any time, from any location. It works seamlessly with existing production management software via standard API’s and provides limitless possibilities to enhance your operations’ efficiency.

The light infrastructure and low installation effort make Asset Agent as easy to install as it is powerful – both inside and outside of buildings and massive structures. It turns a factory mired in manual processes into one of automated excellence and limits the human errors that drive productivity down.

Key benefits of a proven solution…

With visibility comes insight, and now you can identify bottlenecks and fine-tune processes to increase efficiency and productivity. Asset Agent supplies you with real-time data providing visibility of all material, where they are, and when they are loaded, stored, or put into production.

The comprehensive reports provided by the Asset Agent software enable you to truly fulfill your role as a business process manager. You learn about, and from, the system, gain insight into how to further improve the way you produce your goods. Overall, your reputation as a knowledgeable manager will grow and positively impact your other projects.

 

Makes you work better

  • Eliminates search and idle times to increase labour productivity

  • Replaces scanner & barcode and paper & pencil processes without any need for human interaction

  • Traffic light-based user interface to guide workforce

Gives you control

  • Connects unpowered, mobile assets to your ERP system

  • Synchronizes the actual production status with the production plan in real-time

  • Comprehensive reporting system

Gives you a valuable insight

  • Operational improvements based on KPIs

  • Visualization of actual material flow

  • Optimization of raw material usage by ensuring FIFO, FEFO and others 

Makes your life easier

  • Seamless API-based integration with SAP EWM and many others

  • Ease of use in brown- and greenfield production plants without training

  • Bolt-on hardware installation w/o interruption of ongoing operations

  • 24/7 remote support & service by a global support team

Saves you money

  • Increases production output by up to 3% with same input incl. raw material

  • Eliminates unnecessary CAPEX for additional machinery and production space

  • Ultra-low maintenance system with up to 10 years battery lifetime

Who is using Asset Agent

Our wireless solution gives you control, makes your team work more efficiently, delivers valuable insights, and eliminates wastefulness. That's why the biggest and most productive tyre manufacturers trust us. We help them better utilise their resources – in Europe, South America, Asia, and around the world like Volkswagen, Continental and many more.

Learn how Volkswagen uses Asset Agent in their finished vehicles process.

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"Without Asset Agent, nothing works here. Vehicle preparation would stop."

Michael Imrock, Manager Process and Vehicle Control, Department Vehicle Preparation, Volkswagen Wolfsburg

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