Tracking for future internal logistics: How to commercialise RTLS technology at Virtual Manufacturing
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Production engineering (MPPEN), MSc
Abstract As new technology emerges, the need to innovate to remain competitive increases. Stemming from industry 4.0, the smart factory concept is the heart of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where real-time tracking is an important part of intelligent manufacturing. Real-time tracking of various objects in production and warehouses are an essential control element that supports the organisation’s decision-making. When deviations and unplanned changes appear, it can supply the necessary information in the right format and at the right time. In collaboration with the consulting company Virtual Manufacturing Sweden AB (VM), this thesis project explores how tracking equipment can be commercialised to improve internal logistics. The result was a case study proving that the computer vision-based tracking system Dragonfly was fitted for indoor localisation of moving vehicles. Functions for visualisation of tracking data such as spaghetti diagrams were developed along with an early-stage standardised work method. Furthermore, the master thesis handles limitations, development areas, and opportunities within the subject of Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) in manufacturing.
internal logistics, tracking, RTLS, manufacturing, computer vision, Industry 4.0, digitalisation, VSLAM