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Continental Tire Plant Increases Productivity, Reduces Waste
After installing AeroScout Wi-Fi-based RFID tags and RTLS software, the company's French factory is producing 5,000 more tires per day, while decreasing waste of materials by 20 percent.
Apr 25, 2012—The Continental Tire factory in Sarreguemines, France, has increased its production of tires from 33,000 tires per day to 38,000, thanks to a real-time location system (RTLS) it installed in September 2011 to track tire components. The RTLS has also helped the company reduce wastage of tire components, known as "semi products," by 20 percent.
The system, which uses AeroScout's Wi-Fi tags and MobileView software, was installed in the company's Sarreguemines plant with the goal of reducing bottlenecks and production delays caused by missing materials, as well as increasing productivity. Continental Tire has also installed AeroScout's system at its plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Both sites are using AeroScout's Wi-Fi tags and software in conjunction with Global Data Sciences' material inventory tracking system (MITS) software for inventory data management.
Growth in its business made it necessary for the company to find a way to increase its production capacity. Therefore, Continental Tire went to Belgian systems integrator Phi Data, seeking a solution. Phi Data selected AeroScout's software and Wi-Fi tags, which would work with the Sarreguemines site's existing Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution.
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