LOCATION INTELLIGENCE FOR ASSET TRACKING: THE NGK CERAMICS CASE

NGK Ceramics is a global leader in the manufacturing of ceramic substrates used in catalytic converter applications for automotive, truck and off-road vehicles. The US manufacturing facility, located in Mooresville in North Carolina, covers more than 500k square feet and it is running 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day.

USE CASE

The facility was initially designed in 1988 to serve a limited geographical area in the US. However, with the business growing faster than expected and more areas being served by the same production plant, NGK faced a major challenge: how to grow the capacity of the North Carolina industrial plant, in order to keep up with the market demand. Efficiency was clearly the answer.

SOLUTION

In 2017 NGK Ceramics decided to explore how solutions based on a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) could help by providing a Digital Twin of the manufacturing plant. The key requirements to be addressed by the solution were:

  • configurable tracking accuracy;
  • infrastructure cost;
  • asset search and location functionality;
  • maturity of the solution.

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