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Siemens acquires real-time locating system solutions

08 April 2018

Siemens has acquired Agilion GmbH, a supplier of industrial Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) focusing on applications in production, logistics and maintenance.

Agilion is a pioneer in the field of RTLS in the Ultra Wide Band (UWB) frequency spectrum which enables highly precise localisation within a range of just a few centimeters, tracking of a large number of different assets, and easy commissioning.

The precise real-time localisation of assets, such as tools or vehicles, will enable manufacturers to optimise their production and logistics processes and so improve their quality, productivity and flexibility.

“By acquiring Agilion, we will be in a position to also offer real-time locating solutions straight away. This represents a significant addition to our extensive offering in the field of industrial identification and so to our Digital Enterprise portfolio,” said Herbert Wegmann, head of the Industrial Communication and Identification business segment. “RTLS is an essential key technology and a new step on the road towards flexible automation in production, for instance by providing dynamic self-organizing production concepts in the assembly of large-scale products. Real-time locating also enables the safe, efficient use of collaborative mobile robots.”??

Uses for RTLS include a wide range of applications in complex environments. In a manufacturing scenario it enables precise monitoring of the production process and a transparent material flow. Real-time data made available using RTLS about the location and status of assets forms the basis for networking involved players and logistical processes along the value chain. This allows users to continuously and automatically compare the position of every production asset with the 3D model of the product or production environment. Evaluation and combination of this ‘digital twin’ with other information enables dynamic optimisation of production and logistics processes. As a result, processes can be more efficiently controlled, downtimes minimised and the risk of errors reduced.

RTLS also provides the foundation for new workflows in production, material flow control and logistics, for example, in conjunction with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) or mobile robots.

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