openPR Logo
Press release

BMW revolutionises vehicle assembly using new Ubisense solution

08-05-2009 06:33 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Ubisense

Final acceptance of Tool Assistance System to automatically relate vehicles and torque tools successfully achieved at BMW plant in Regensburg. Solution extends the automation of vehicle assembly, reducing both defect rate and production costs.

Cambridge, August 3rd 2009 – Ubisense has successfully completed the implementation of a new Tool Assistance System (TAS) at BMW’s production facility in Regensburg. TAS is based on the Location Identification System, which, as the name implies, is designed to locate and identify production assets. LIS/TAS has been developed jointly by Ubisense and IBS AG and is the result of bringing together the Ubisense real-time location system (RTLS) and the IBS software systems, which provide the link between the location system and the existing BMW IT environment.

The Tool Assistance System rolled out in Regensburg provides automatic recognition of the vehicles being assembled as well as automatically detecting their proximity to production automation equipment such as intelligent tools and test equipment. TAS eliminates both the need to scan barcodes on vehicle work-orders, in itself not a value adding activity, as well as manually generated defects arising from scanning the wrong asset. The system works by evaluating the spatial relationship between production automation systems and the vehicles continuously in real-time. A positive “relationship event” is generated when a mobile tool enters a pre-defined zone around the vehicle or when a vehicle enters a zone around an item of automation equipment.

LIS/TAS is fully integrated into BMW’s production IT environment via the IBS Communications Platform which provides all the necessary interfaces to the relevant systems. In particular this includes the administration of the tools and vehicles as well as passing on the tool control events via IP telegrammes. A relationship event causes a new vehicle-specific program to be loaded into the tool or starts an automation system with the correct program for the particular vehicle detected. Typical tools and equipment in this context are torque tools, riveting hammers, diagnostic equipment, and programmable logic controllers.

The system is in production across the entire Regensburg assembly plant where around 120 tool systems are used to produce approximately 1,000 cars per day. The vehicle location in 3D is performed in real-time via Ubisense tags located on the cars. These tags are small transponders which are located using ultra-wideband radio technology by sensors mounted at fixed locations along the production line. The location and identification information is analysed for relationship events and the information passed on directly to the BMW IT environment. Ultra-wideband technology enables high precision location by transmitting extremely short pulses with very low energy (less than 0.1 milliwatts per m²) which means there are no negative effects on other systems or the health of the staff.

“The introduction of LIS/TAS has resulted in the elimination of the need to scan vehicles in order to identify them”, comments Andreas Lehner, project manager at BMW in Regensburg. “All the project objectives have been met on time and within the planned budget. From the standpoint of value creation, the project is a complete success”.

Richard Green, CEO of Ubisense, is very pleased with the results achieved. “Ubisense, together with our partner IBS, is the only RTLS vendor able to fulfil all BMW’s requirements and LIS/TAS is a unique tool for the automotive industry. We have here a clear differentiator and are delighted with the praise from BMW.”

About Ubisense
Ubisense is the world leader in Precise Real Time Location Systems, tracking people and assets with unmatched accuracy, and giving enterprises the power to bring visibility and control to previously intractable business processes. With over 400 customers worldwide, Ubisense is revolutionising industries today. Visit www.ubisense.net

Contact
Ubisense AG
Terry Phebey
Freie-Vogel-Straße 393
D-44269 Dortmund
+49 (0)231 999 55 - 500
enquiries@ubisense.net

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release BMW revolutionises vehicle assembly using new Ubisense solution here

News-ID: 91081 • Views: 668

More Releases from Ubisense

Ubisense and Atlas Copco Industrial Technique enter development partnership
Cambridge, UK / Stockholm, Sweden Nov 6th 2009 Ubisense, the world Leader in precise Real-time Location Systems, and Atlas Copco Industrial Technique, the world-leading provider of industrial productivity solutions, are collaborating in the research and development of real-time locations systems for industrial tooling. "Collaborating with the world's leading precise real-time location system provider will allow us to continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers who wish to significantly increase their
Eximia launch MeerKat at ID World in Milan and complete installation of Ubisense …
Eximia launch MeerKat at ID World in Milan and complete installation of Ubisense Precise Real-time location system for AIitalia. Eximia, the Italian RFID solution specialists will launch and will be demonstrating its MeerKat solution based on the world leading Ubisense RTLS at the international exhibition and conference ID World in Milan on 3-5 November. Italian airline Alitalia has contracted RFID specialist Eximia to deploy a solution at its Rome Airport facility
Ubisense announces global re-seller partnership with Out Board
Out Board have been appointed principal global re-seller for the entertainment and presentation technology sectors by Ubisense, the Cambridge UK based leaders in precision real-time location systems (RTLS). The move follows on from Out Board's substantial successes with their own audio showcontrol application of the Ubisense technology, TiMax Tracker, which tracks actors and performers around stage to automatically localize their amplified audio signature via real-time control of the TiMax2 SoundHub audio
Ubisense ramps up in Australia and New Zealand
"Ubisense introduce Australian First: Tracking the precise real-time location of your most valuable assets - applications in Materials Handling and safety - at The Safety and Material Handling Show in Sydney Oct 27-29" Ubisense will present and demonstrate its industrial applications on stand H50 at the Sydney Safety and Material Handling Show held on October 27-29. Staff will be present to introduce visitors to the world's leading precise real-time

All 5 Releases


More Releases for BMW

BMW R1100R conversion by Hornig
In time for the start of the motorcycle season Motorcycle Accessory Hornig presents an unusual conversion: The Hornig Team wanted to create a cool Scrambler from a used R1100R. The intention was how you can manage this with reasonable money-and time effort. By bringing the second hand R1100R that cost 2.500,00 euros, almost to the basic state, they put the base for the conversion. For a first optical change,
BMW supports Automotive Software Tester
With Dr. Marc Russ out of BMW’s quality management the Automotive Tester Board has a new, competent member. Dr. Russ will represent the OEMs view in the board and will help to develop the scheme with his expert knowledge. By that way the gasq Automotive Software Tester certification can further address the branch’s need and help to improve the quality of software testing in the field of automotive. Dr. Hendrik Dettmering, president
BMW Invelt joined our Community Development Program
The “Helping Africa” charity drive is ongoing in the Czech Republic since January 2011”, which is preparing to help the children in Mozambique, Africa. The need to organize such a drive was the idea of the founder of the Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park, which stretches across the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the location to which the items collected in the charity drive are being directed. The most prominent authorized
BMW K1200GT Conversion by Hornig
Ritzenried. - The BMW K1200GT conversion from Motorcycle Accessory Hornig GmbH was presented for the first time at the BMW Motorcycle Mountain Days in Kaprun, Austria and the visitors loved it. The BMW deluxe Tourer is already a very good motorbike but Hornig tried to design it unique and to improve its touring and comfort qualities as well as individualizing it for the driver. In order to improve its touring qualities the
Hendrick BMW Launches BMW Performance Parts Special
Hendrick BMW, one of the leading BMW dealers in Charlotte, NC, announces BMW Performance Parts Special program featuring attractive price on Carbon Fiber Air Intake ($800 plus tax) and Performance Exhaust System ($889 plus tax), with free installation. BMW performance parts enhance the acceleration, handling and braking performance of a BMW vehicle. Available in all BMW centers in the US, these components take the vehicle's capabilities to levels, that those familiar
BMW R1200R conversion by Hornig
Ritzenried. Exactly one month before the BMW Motorrad Days, the Hornig company presents its conversion of a R1200R. This roadster is ex factory designed in a quite puristic way which gives enough surface to add or change some individual details. The basic thought behind the conversion was to give the R a more sportive look which should at the same time be quite discreet and, above all, be realizable for the later