DENVER — Sept. 1, 2015 — Ubisense Group plc (AIM: UBI), a leader in enterprise location intelligence solutions, announced today that Ubisense Smart Factory Assembly has earned two awards for product innovation. The Best in Biz Awards 2015 International named Ubisense Smart Factory Assembly the silver award winner in the Enterprise Software Product of the Year category. The location intelligence system also won a bronze Stevie® award for Best New Product of the Year in the Industrial Products category in the 12th Annual International Business Awards.
Launched in April, Smart Factory Assembly helps vehicle manufacturers worldwide address critical operational challenges along the assembly line and reduce the increasing cost of manufacturing complexity. Smart Factory Assembly enables vehicle manufacturers to break free from fixed workstations and embrace the virtualization required to manage complexity on high-mix, high-volume assembly lines. With this level of flexibility, manufacturers can achieve measurable cost reduction, guaranteed productivity gains, quality improvements and the ability to effectively manage mass product customization.
“Global automotive manufacturers are faced with many challenges with the increased demand for mass customization, forcing these organizations to dramatically modernize their assembly plants,” said Richard Green, CEO, Ubisense. “This presents vast opportunities for our organization as our Ubisense Smart Factory system is proven to help manufacturers transform their processes and optimize productivity, both of which are necessary to compete in today’s marketplace. Earning these two awards underscores the innovation we are delivering to our customers and to the global industry, and we are honored to accept them.”
Smart Factory Assembly
The Smart Factory Assembly products leverage Ubisense’s location intelligence platform to virtualize the workstation on two levels:
- Virtual Station eliminates the cost and burden associated with relocating and rebalancing process identification points by removing manual and fixed-automatic identification systems. Virtual Station operates using virtualized vehicle identification triggers that can be easily added and moved in software, greatly simplifying the need to accommodate new processes or move existing tasks during line rebalancing.
- Smart Device drives significant reductions in errors and re-work leading to better throughput by creating software-defined zones around a vehicle which constitute a virtual device control zone. This zone can be used in all the ways a fixed workstation can be used, for example, controlling the region within which wireless tools can operate. However, software-defined device zones are fully agile and can accommodate many kinds of real-time variation, such as varying task duration for different models and moving workstations that allow workers to catch up or work ahead.
For more information about Ubisense Smart Factory, visit the product page here.