The funnel clocks in the appointments
We presented a network-compatible planning board system for order management. This was developed in cooperation with the research project proto_lab of the TH Rosenheim. The interdisciplinary research group led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Kramer dealt with the question of how inflexible forms of organization can be overcome and replaced by new structures of responsibility and competence with direct communication and cooperation between man, machine and logistics. The aim is to achieve optimum networking of all participants in the value-added process. Various digital planning board systems with RFID technologies and a solution for the optical recording of planning boards have already been implemented. We named the system "funnel" because all incoming customer orders, similar to a funnel, are recorded and forwarded.
Georg Jahn and the patron of proto_labs Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Kramer.
Hybrid visualization in real time
The new hopper planning board is a hybrid order tracking system. It displays all events simultaneously in digital and analogue form and provides a real-time overview of the entire process using IT, RFID and LED technology - from order acceptance through processing in production to delivery. The synchronous digital and physical visualization of all actions and statuses leads to an increased degree of transparency and efficiency. The integration and synchronisation of the planning board, order pockets, database and RFID and LED technology (synchronisation takes place using an industrial camera, which photographs the board at regular intervals and reflects it into the EDP system) in terms of communication technology leads to simultaneous presentation of the activities in the various process stages, providing an optimum overall overview of order processing for a production or plant manager.
We are proud of what we have created within the proto_lab project. We were supported in the development of the funnel by various students of the TH, in the form of bachelor and master theses on our topic.
Experience live on the ligna how the digital planning board works.