30 October 2020

Sigfox 0G & Sensoneo: IoT solution automating waste logistics in manufacturing

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Sigfox 0G & Sensoneo: IoT solution automating waste logistics in manufacturing

Enabling “Just-in-Time” waste collection in production halls

Automating route scheduling to minimize human tasks and drive efficiency

Calculating the fastest routes on factory floor plans to collect only reported bins

 

Waste is produced throughout the entire manufacturing process (unpackaging, cutting, clipping …). While material logistics and the full production flow are carefully coordinated, such attention might not be paid to the collection of waste. Sigfox, in cooperation with Sensoneo, introduces smart waste tools designed for Waste collection in factories.

Munich, October 29, 2020 - Sigfox Germany partnered with Sensoneo to present an end-to-end solution for monitoring indoor waste bins and optimizing waste collection. The solution includes Sigfox 0G based sensor and button technology to identify full bins. Sensoneo’s smart waste management system, the powerful cloud-based platform on MS Azure, collects all the data, full bin requests and calculates the most optimal routes. The Operator has full remote-control of the waste collection operation. Collection App for drivers navigates according to the factory floor plan and records feedback.

The solution designed for manufacturing accommodates both on-demand and scheduled requests. It accommodates different variables such as vehicle capacity, bin capacity, trash type, bin type and work schedule.

The integration into existing IS is available via APIs. Sourcing data to 3rd party platforms is also possible. The solution fits well into lean production concepts. It promotes productivity through increased order and is 5S-compatible.

"We are ready to deploy a project within a short time window. According to our experience, upon careful coordination, the deployment is as fast as 7 working days. A detailed database is created with all containers including waste types, capacities, bin location and the most accessible spot for collection. The platform then consolidates all data on bins, on customer's infrastructure and accommodates all the rules for route planning. The system's dashboard gives users quick access to all bins, planned, current and completed routes, as well as service verification and reported fill levels. This gives the Operator full control over the entire waste collection operation and allows him to manage it remotely via tablet or smartphone," explains Elena Sztochay, Director Solution Sales at Sigfox Germany.

"The scope of our comprehensive smart waste management has expanded enormously since we developed the solution in 2014. Thanks to in-house development, we are flexible enough to meet specific requirements of different verticals – Smart Waste Management for Factories and its powerful route planning engine is just one example," explains Martin Basila, Founder and CEO of Sensoneo.

The Sensoneo platform incorporates even more sophisticated rules. For example: ‘Empty container within 60 minutes of the request’ or ‘The driver can accept a new route upon completing all previous ones.’, ‘Waste types A and B can be collected at the same time, but type C must be collected separately’.

These, and many other beneficial features, have convinced manufacturers in the automotive sector to implement the Sensoneo solution.

"The cooperation with the project team was extremely professional and the project was executed exactly according to the approved project plan. Our new Factory Waste Management solution brings order and efficiency to our internal waste management. In addition to optimized collection routes, we receive valuable data that we need for strategic decisions regarding our waste management policy," said the logistics analyst of a leading US manufacturer in the automotive sector, which also operates two production facilities in Germany, confirming the valuable benefits of this 0G solution.

The application-ready end-to-end solution can now be made available within the shortest possible time. Initial cost calculation tables for determining the required financial and time investment, plus amortization calculations based on previously deployed projects are provided by Sigfox Germany.

Organizing waste collection around actual fill levels in bins, and not assumptions, results in an estimated costs savings of 30% while maintaining or even improving the quality of service, or to be more precise, a reduction of waste collection-related costs. In addition to indoor waste management, the Sensoneo solution can be deployed in any outdoor bins and containers, since the Sigfox 0G network is already available almost everywhere in Germany (area: 88.4% population: 85.9%).