One Two Action Tracker successfully integrated on Sirris assembly line

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On the assembly line in the Sirris lab in Kortrijk, One Two, a company known for their Action Trackers, recently conducted a few experiments. The purpose of the experiments was to investigate whether the Action Tracker could be used to register or start certain actions on a production line of, for example, a manufacturing company. 

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The first experiment consisted of simply and accurately recording the takt times in all cells. For this purpose, the operator of each cell must always first scan the order he is going to work on, after which he scans a start time code and a stop time code. The necessary start and stop barcodes are placed on all cells of the line. Thanks to the eID of the device itself, the operator is always automatically registered during all transactions.

All registrations are sent, via wifi, wireless to the cloud-backend of One Two. The data can be consulted via simple dashboards or exported to an Excel, CSV or pdf file. The data can also be retrieved via an API for further processing and/or integration into the customer's existing IT software (e.g. ERP).

A second experiment consisted of sending kanban requests to the warehouse via the Action Tracker. Kanban is applied on the assembly line to add parts to the line in a simplified way. Read more about the use of kanban in a previous blog entry.
A barcode can contain an order with a fixed number of parts or the number of necessary parts can be entered directly on the Action Tracker after scanning. The generated request can then be processed by a warehouse operator directly on the backend of One Two or can be forwarded and linked to an existing WMS or ERP system.
 
The third experiment consisted of investigating whether it was possible to start certain machine actions via the Action Tracker. The Action Tracker can internally link barcodes to MQTT topics and messages. As a test, the start command of the cobot Sawyer was linked to the scanning of a certain barcode. After effective scanning, the MQTT message was received on the Node-RED platform and transmitted to Sawyer via a socket connection. Sawyer then started his assembly job without any problem. Another successful test.
Node-RED is an open source
IoT platform that allows different types of systems or messages to be linked together in an easy visual way. MQTT is an open lightweight network protocol, ideal for sending messages between different devices.
 
The use of the Action Tracker allows you to start and/or register all kinds of actions by scanning a barcode. Think for example of printing labels, starting digital assembly instructions ... The great thing about the Action Tracker is that you don't have to equip every cell of the assembly line with a PC or tablet. So you could see the Action Tracker as a kind of 'remote control' for the assembly line.
 
More information about the Action Tracker is available on the One Two website  

 

Want to experience these experiments yourself or familiarise yourself with other innovative assembly techniques? Make an appointment and come and see them in our lab in Kortrijk!