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INDUSTRY 4. 0 STARTS BY THE RECEIPT OF GOODS : THE SMART KLAUS RELIEVES EMPLOYEES FROM PRESSURE AT ALFONS MARKERT

Entering his father’s technical trade in 1930, Alfons Markert had no idea of the revolution of industry 4.0 and the networked processes of a Smart Factory in the 21st century.

The four-generation company with a long tradition is now regarded as an expert in the manufacture of tube and filter technology. The latest addition to Alfons Markert + Co. GmbH is an intelligent assistance system for incoming goods that relieves the pressure and prevents errors.

Until now, the image processing system "Smart Klaus" was mainly used in assembly and order picking. Now the software is enhanced by one variant and navigates the employee beginning from the incoming goods along the entire supply chain.

THE OUTGOING SITUATION IN GOODS RECEIPT

On arrival of ordered goods at Alfons Markert, an employee had to identify the product (which challenged new employees or new items) and check the quality based on the defined data in the QA system.

Therefore, the employees had to be familiar with many different products and the associated test specifications, recall them within the shortest possible time and apply the associated process steps:

  • Which articles are involved?
  • Is the delivered quantity of goods the same as ordered?
  • Which are the parameters that have to be checked and what are the tolerances?

Time pressure and psychological stress were the result. The filter manufacturer was confronted with an enormous time-consuming process, which led to unnecessary additional costs and high error rates.

LEAN PROCESSES: DIGITAL GOODS RECEIPT 4.0

With the application of the intelligent assistance system from Optimum GmbH in Karlsruhe, the manufacturer of filters, tubesand couplings is now breaking new ground in the area of Smart Factory.