Challenges we solve

Every manual process suffers from one or more of these five common challenges. Ubisense SmartSpace was built to solve these.

Things can’t be located or are in the wrong place

Two or more things are (or are not) interacting as they should be

There are too many or too few things in a certain place

A task has taken too long, or not long enough

Things are happening in the wrong order

Time Challenges

An inspection process has overrun

A manufacturer of agricultural vehicles wanted to enforce takt times at series of inspection stations to prevent overruns causing line stops. By keeping track of the activities within the inspection stations, SmartSpace could detect when inspectors were running behind pace and warn them with sufficient time to speed up and meet the takt time.

A scheduled task hasn’t started yet

A manufacturer of space-qualified hardware wanted to reduce cycle time by ensuring that WIP did not sit idle waiting for tasks to begin. By keeping track of the location of all WIP and integrating with the build schedule, SmartSpace was able to detect when a product had not moved into a workstation on time, and to prompt supervisors to intervene.

A product has been too long in the overall process

A manufacturer of construction equipment wanted to improve throughput by prioritizing products which had spent too much time in the assembly process. By keeping track of the products, SmartSpace was able to monitor accumulated time in buffers to alert supervisors about aging inventory. 

A parts replenishment is overdue

An automotive manufacturer wanted to eliminate parts shortages caused by inefficient routing of parts delivery tuggers. By keeping track of the location of tuggers and the time of parts replenishment requests, SmartSpace was able to help drivers adapt in real-time with optimized routes to avoid late delivery.

A product has remained between process steps too long

A manufacturer of space-qualified hardware wanted to reduce the months-long lead time, and in particular eliminate the problem of WIP not moving through the steps. By keeping track of WIP, and understanding the difference between processing areas and storage buffers, SmartSpace was able to warn supervisors when WIP became stuck in buffer so they could reinsert them in the process flow.

A resin container has been out of cold storage for too long

A manufacturer of composite aerospace parts wanted to reduce wastage by carefully monitoring the time rolls of prepreg material remained out of cold storage. By keeping track of the location of prepreg rolls, SmartSpace was able to warn workers when the maximum out-time was being approached so the prepreg could be returned to cold storage and preserved for future use. 

A process step has overrun

An aircraft manufacturer wanted to improve throughput by ensuring that each workstation finished its set of tasks on time. By keeping track of the movement of tools and parts in the workstations, SmartSpace was able to monitor progress through the days-long cycle time, and provide pace warnings to workers to help them stay on schedule.

A trailer isn’t being unloaded fast enough

An automotive manufacturer with very high throughput wished to avoid line-side parts shortages caused by slow unloading at trailer docks. By keeping track of the parts on the trailer, and determining the pace of unloading, SmartSpace was able to anticipate overruns and direct supervisors to deploy additional staff to stay on track.

A part hasn’t been in the cleaning solution long enough

An aircraft engine maintenance facility wanted to reduce the additional rework costs caused by insufficient parts cleaning. By keeping track of the crane lowering parts into cleaning solutions, SmartSpace was able to automate the process removing all manual timing errors.

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Ubisense Limited
St Andrew’s House
St Andrew’s Road
Cambridge, CB4 1DL
United Kingdom

+44 1223 53 5170


Ubisense America LLC
1630 Welton Street, Suite 1000E
Denver, CO 80202
United States

+1 720 549 7553


Ubisense GmbH
Klaus-Bungert-Straße 5B
40468 Düsseldorf

+49 211 2297330

Ubisense SAS
52 Boulevard De Sébastopol
75003 Paris

+33 1 83 79 06 82


Ubisense Japan
Rakuten Crimson House
1-14-1 Tamagawa
Setagaya City Tokyo
158-0094 Japan

+81 3 4577 8372