EJOT Increases Operational Efficiency through Real-Time Order Tracking

By digitising production and logistics processes, EJOT, a leading provider of fastening solutions, tracks over 8,000 orders simultaneously. By using INDUTRAX Location Aware products and Quuppa RTLS, EJOT is improving workflow visibility, reducing search times by 75% and minimising errors, driving continuous improvement and paving the way for Industry 4.0 advancements across its global facilities.


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Background: EJOT’s global operations and build-to-order production

EJOT, headquartered in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, is a group of medium-sized companies with production sites in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. The manufacture of the diverse fastening elements is organized in a build-to-order approach, with multiple hundreds of active orders at any given time.

Overcoming manual processes and media disruptions

EJOT machinery

Order processing comprises several production steps, sometimes across plants and with subcontractors, with variable routings. The work tasks on the shop floor are only partially carried out using digital means and are still characterized by media disruptions and paperwork.

Organising effective workflows on the shop floor, as well as production and logistics planning and scheduling, to minimize non-value-added working time is a challenging and time-consuming manual task every day.

Implementing INDUTRAX and Quuppa RTLS for digital transformation

EJOT has digitised various use cases in production and logistics across multiple plants with INDUTRAX Location Aware products and location data from Quuppa RTLS to automatically gain transparency on order movements on the shop floor.

The INDUTRAX tracking solution enables the digital execution of work tasks on the shop floor in conjunction with the SAP PP production planning and control system by providing access to real-time location data via individual user interfaces. A list of prioritised orders and a map of order locations help to make better decisions for machine control on a visual basis.

The use of FINDERAPP and SHOPFLOORAPP on mobile devices enables access to real-time information and digital updates of changes outside the office. Team leaders can define events in the software to automate administrative tasks, such as shipment notifications or blocking orders. Location Aware Reports provide insight into historical data on inventory movement, which feeds into lean manufacturing initiatives to drive continuous improvement.

Up to 8,000 production orders are tracked simultaneously indoors by the Quuppa Real-Time Locating System using Quuppa-approved, active Bluetooth® Tags from BlueUp. Teltonika GPS Trackers enable transparency about the whereabouts of valuable assets outdoors. The raw location data is processed by the INDUTRAX software to create a digital twin of the factory. Orders can be effectively located on the shop floor by the tag’s LED using a pick-to-light feature.

Benefits: Increased transparency and efficiency in order tracking

EJOT factory

EJOT has a significantly improved overview of the order status in production and can find individual orders that are required for the next processing step even faster without using paper. Search times have been reduced by 75%.

The increased transparency prevents errors, such as the unintentional use of blocked orders. The data collected by the software on the process steps and dwell times for each order enables better decisions to be made when rescheduling is necessary, which also reduces non-value-added working time, such as unplanned transfers of orders between different buffer areas, and forms the basis for continuous process improvements. The result is increased throughput in production and the creation of the necessary transparency in production processes.

Next steps

Location-aware solutions are one important element of EJOT’s bigger goal towards Industry 4.0. In the coming years, EJOT will continuously expand the solution to other facilities around the globe and include data from subcontractors to gain even more transparency about its complete Supply Chain.

About EJOT

EJOT is a medium-sized group of companies specialising in advanced fastening technology. The EJOT customers are primarily from the automotive and supplier industries, electrical engineering, electronics and construction.

EJOT offers a broad range of innovative fastening elements, such as self-tapping screws for metal and plastics, engineered plastic and metal formed parts, as well as a complete range of fasteners for roofing and cladding and our ejotherm® programme for fixing External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems.

EJOT develops solutions for all joining and fastening problems in close cooperation with the customer. The goal is to use “intelligent” EJOT products to secure the quality of the joint and, at the same time, decrease the overall costs. 

Our management decided to make the roll-out globally because the INDUTRAX solution with Quuppa technology worked so well in our harshest production site in Tambach-Dietharz, which is a historic building cluttered with metal. We first focused on digitising the use cases around Searching and Finding orders, as it was the biggest pain point for us in shop floor operations. But this is just the start and we expect to get huge benefits from location-aware solutions in the future. Our long-term goal is to improve production efficiency, process control and automation. We can use data for improving the quality evaluation of our products and do automatic bookings by integrating location solutions into our ERP system."

EJOT logo CHRISTOPH PETER, HO Operational Excellence Digital


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