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GRENOBLE, France – June 26, 2019 – Desoutter Industrial Tools and CEA-Leti today announced a precise, new indoor-location system that enables factories to monitor tools in real time and help manage their use by workers to improve efficiency, safety, security and quality control on assembly lines.
Based on a CEA-Leti algorithm, embedded receptor architecture and ultra-wide-band (UWB) technology, the system has been optimized and customized for a variety of essential factory-floor jobs supported by Desoutter, a global leader in industrial electric and pneumatic assembly tools and other equipment. Easy to use deployment efforts have been significantly reduced with optimized automated functions compared to competing systems.
"The first function of this new localization system that Desoutter is bringing to market is to make sure that the right tools are used in the right zones on the factory floor," said Emmanuel Sabonnadiere, CEO, CEA-Leti. "Following that, the system ensures that the right sequence of tasks is performed by the operator. The system automatically locks itself if an operator tries to operate a sequence outside the approved area."
"This technology is a strong enabler for quality-process management," said Pascal Roussy, Desoutter research & development manager. "In addition, the combination of localization and communication can help our customers meet their Industry 4.0 goals for faster, more efficient and more customer-centric operation."
The technology is based on UWB radio modules and allows localization accuracy in the order of 10 centimeters in manufacturing environments. CEA-Leti developed and implemented the media access control (MAC) scheduling algorithms for both data and localization, as well as the localization algorithms for different deployment strategies.
CEA-Leti leveraged its 10 years of algorithmic-location research combining a diverse range of technologies. These include motion sensors (inertial sensors, accelerometers and magnetometers), received signal strength indicator (RSSI), the global navigation satellite system (GNSS), cameras and ultra-wide-band radio customized to deliver optimal performance in Desoutter's industrial tools.
This R&D partnership is part of a larger collaboration between Desoutter and CEA's technology-branch institutes. CEA and Desoutter teams continue working closely on their Nantes R&D Center, and on pursuing their R&D efforts to support the digitalization process in manufacturing. Their goal is to continuously improve quality control with tailor-made products at a competitive price, while promoting a safer work environment.
About Desoutter Industrial Tools
Founded in 1914 and headquartered in France, Desoutter Industrial Tools is a global leader in electric and pneumatic assembly tools serving a wide range of assembly and manufacturing operations, including Aerospace, Automotive, Light and Heavy Vehicles, Off-Road, General Industry. Desoutter offers a comprehensive range of Solutions (tools, service and projects) to meet the specific demands of local and global customers in over 170 countries. The company designs, develops and delivers innovative quality industrial tool solutions, including air and electric Screwdrivers, Advanced Assembly Tools, Advance Drilling Units, Air motors and Torque Measurement Systems.
About CEA-Leti (France)
Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, is a global leader in miniaturization technologies enabling smart, energy-efficient and secure solutions for industry. Founded in 1967, Leti pioneers micro-& nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicative solutions for global companies, SMEs and startups. CEA-Leti tackles critical challenges in healthcare, energy and digital migration. From sensors to data processing and computing solutions, CEA-Leti's multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities. With a staff of more than 1,900, a portfolio of 2,700 patents, 91,500 sq. ft. of cleanroom space and a clear IP policy, the institute is based in Grenoble, France, and has offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. CEA-Leti has launched 60 startups and is a member of the Carnot Institutes network. This year, the institute celebrates its 50th anniversary.
CEA Tech is the technology research branch of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a key player in innovative R&D, defence & security, nuclear energy, technological research for industry and fundamental science, identified by Thomson Reuters as the second most innovative research organization in the world. CEA Tech leverages a unique innovation-driven culture and unrivalled expertise to develop and disseminate new technologies for industry, helping to create high-end products and provide a competitive edge.
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